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Russia Protests

Kremlin Critic Navalny Cuts Monitor Tag, Won't Comply With House Arrest

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday he would no longer comply with the terms of his house arrest and had cut off ...

Huge Protests In Moscow For Media Freedom

Reuters | Posted 06.13.2014 | Media

MOSCOW, April 13 (Reuters) - About 5,000 Russians, some waving Ukrainian flags, rallied in central Moscow on Sunday to protest at what they say is a...

As Sochi Nears, Anti-Putin Activists Could Face Years In Jail

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A Russian prosecutor demanded prison terms of between five and six years for eight demonstrators charged with mass disord...

NSFW: Protester Nails Testicles To Red Square Cobblestone

Agence France Presse | | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

A Russian performance artist was hospitalised Sunday after stripping naked and nailing his testicles to a Red Square cobblestone in protest against th...

Persecution of the Protestors

Oleg Kozlovsky | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Oleg Kozlovsky

You don't see throngs of people with white ribbons on CNN -- not because they are gone, but because they are not deemed newsworthy. But these people and their struggle are very much real.

'The Worst Year For Human Rights In Russia In Recent History'

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2013 | World

* Curbs on civil society tighten since Putin's return - HRW * Foreign Ministry dismisses Human Rights Watch findings * H...

Threats to Civil Society Are Rising Rapidly

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Frank Vogl

The vice is tightening in one country after another on activists for human rights, political reform, freedom of speech, and anti-corruption.

Back to School in Russia Is Bad News for Itchy and Scratchy

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 11.06.2012 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

September 1 is Knowledge Day in Russia, a big cultural holiday marking the beginning of the school year. Legislators prepared a special gift for the kids this year, introducing radical new ways to protect them from "detrimental information."

Girls Aloud

The European Magazine | Posted 10.23.2012 | World
The European Magazine

Pussy Riot's performance was widely discussed in Russia (unlike other acts of dissidence) with controversy and passion. Some believed that the foundations of the state had been attacked by public criticism, condemned the "blasphemy" and demanded punishment.

No Miracles: Pussy Riot Sentenced to 2 Years for Illegal Singing and Dancing in Church

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The trial of Pussy Riot has concluded today as expected -- a "not guilty" verdict was not an option for the Kremlin-controlled court that happily engaged in a politically motivated circus in which canon law took precedence over the constitution.

Russia's New NGO Law: The Shadow Of Soft Power

Tomas Hirst | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Tomas Hirst

Russia's new NGO law is more than a move against organizations receiving foreign funding. It is part of a broader campaign to squeeze out those the Kremlin sees as peddlers of "soft power."

Russian Rights Groups Fear Crackdown

Reuters | Posted 09.05.2012 | World

By Nastassia Astrasheuskaya and Timothy Heritage MOSCOW, July 6 (Reuters) - Russia's lower house of parliament gave preliminary approv...

Russia's Anti-Putin Protest Songs

Reuters | Posted 09.05.2012 | World

By Nastassia Astrasheuskaya and Kate de Pury MOSCOW, July 6 (Reuters) - Back in the U.S.S.R? Russian musicians have recorded their own...

Meet Russia's Opposition Leaders

Posted 06.12.2012 | World

Thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Moscow on Tuesday to rally against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some of Russia's most impor...

Picturing Putin's Russia

Mark D. Steinberg | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Mark D. Steinberg

Laughing mockery of power may let off steam. But it may also be a sign of something consequential: that many Russians, audacious and without fear, feel that Putinism has become an embarrassment and a hindrance.

Russian Opposition Leader Alexey Navalny: "Putin Won't Last for Another Six Years'

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 07.18.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

The task Alexey Navalny has set himself, exposing corruption in Russia, seems too big for one person. But Russians are sick of corruption -- and this could topple Putin, Navalny says.

Putin Calls In The Riot Police

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2012 | World

By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW, March 6 (Reuters) - Russian opposition leaders accused Vladimir Putin of changing tactics to crack down on...

The Revolution That Wasn't

The European Magazine | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
The European Magazine

Of course one has to be careful about taking their statements at face value, but a bit of research backs up their pessimism: There will be no Russian Spring. But why not?

Can Enlightenment Come to Russia?

Katrina Lantos Swett | Posted 04.17.2012 | World
Katrina Lantos Swett

There is renewed hope that Mikhail Khodorkovsky may one day breathe the air of freedom. And yet, the bizarre posthumous trial of Sergei Magnitsky, is a chilling reminder that the Russian winter is by no means over.

Russia: Nigeria With Nukes

John Feffer | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
John Feffer

The backlash happening today in Moscow is a combination of the tea party movement and Occupy Wall Street. Anarchists stand side-by-side with great-power nationalists; libertarians and old-style communists protest in rough unison.

Gorbachev and the Struggle for Democracy

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 02.25.2012 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

Whether the protesters recognize it or not, their coming achievements will build on the decisive contributions of Russia's greatest living statesmen, Mikhail Gorbachev.

Gorbachev Urges Putin To Step Down

Posted 12.24.2011 | World

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and JIM HEINTZ -- The Associated Press MOSCOW — Mikhail Gorbachev, who resigned as Soviet president 20 years ago Sunday, ha...

Transforming Russians From Subjects to Citizens

Edward A. Turzanski | Posted 02.22.2012 | World
Edward A. Turzanski

Though it would be difficult to conceive of a Putin loss in the March election, it is a firm certainty that the democratic genie is finally out of the bottle in Russia.

The Four Occupations of Planet Earth

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

On the streets of Moscow the protesters chanted: "We exist!" Everywhere, the "we" couldn't be broader, often remarkably, even strategically, ill defined: 99% of humanity containing so many potentially conflicting strains of thought and being.

Russia Uses Microsoft To Suppress Dissent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The group, Baikal Environmental Wave, was organizing protests against Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin's decision to reopen a paper factory that had p...