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  • HIV infections double in Russia ex-Soviet states

    Russia News latest RSS headlines - Russia News.net
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Stockholm (AFP) - HIV infections have doubled in ten years in Russia and former Soviet states, due mainly to unprotected sex and injecting drugs, a report said Thursday.More than 105,000 new ...
  • Russia exerts influence in France with tree diplomacy – and loans to Le Pen

    Russia | The Guardian
    Kim Willsher
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    After Paris halted delivery of warships in protest over Ukraine, Moscow has hit back with a Christmas tree and €9m to the FNThe Chinese have panda diplomacy. The Russians, it appears, prefer trees.France may have just announced it is delaying the delivery of two warships to Russia in a protest over the crisis in Ukraine, but the French capital’s celebrated Notre Dame Cathedral, in the French capital, is boasting an impressive 25-metre-high Christmas tree courtesy of Moscow. Continue reading...
  • Gazprom Considering Japan's Offer on Gas Pipeline to Hokkaido, Energy Projects

    RIA Novosti
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    Japan has invited Russian energy giant Gazprom to build a gas pipeline to the country and take part in several energy projects, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Monday.
  • Рекорды России

    Легкая атлетика России
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    В четверг 27 ноября на заседании президиума ВФЛА были утверждены рекорды страны, установленные в 2013-2014 годах.
  • Ruslan Provodnikov

    ESPN Feed: russia
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    ESPN Chicago's Ray Flores talks with Ruslan Provodnikov ahead of his fight against Jose Luis Castillo Friday in Moscow Russia. (Vadim Kornilov with th...
 
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    Russia | The Guardian

  • Russia exerts influence in France with tree diplomacy – and loans to Le Pen

    Kim Willsher
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    After Paris halted delivery of warships in protest over Ukraine, Moscow has hit back with a Christmas tree and €9m to the FNThe Chinese have panda diplomacy. The Russians, it appears, prefer trees.France may have just announced it is delaying the delivery of two warships to Russia in a protest over the crisis in Ukraine, but the French capital’s celebrated Notre Dame Cathedral, in the French capital, is boasting an impressive 25-metre-high Christmas tree courtesy of Moscow. Continue reading...
  • Ukraine’s new parliament sits for first time

    Oksana Grytsenko in Kiev and Shaun Walker
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    War in east of country visible in makeup of Rada, with dozens of men in fatigues walking the corridors as newly elected MPsParamilitary commanders in fatigues, investigative journalists and a fighter pilot absent because she is in a Russian jail are among the members of Ukraine’s new parliament, which sat for the first time on Thursday, reflecting how much the country has changed this year and the formidable challenges it still faces.The parliament is the result of the first parliamentary elections since the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych by the Euromaidan protest movement in…
  • The west is letting Putin get his way on Ukraine | Ian Birrell

    Ian Birrell
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    Since Russia annexed Crimea, the response of western leaders has been gesture politics of the worst kindUkraine’s new parliament was sworn in today. More than 400 members took their oaths, but 27 seats remain vacant – the annexation of Crimea, plus the war in eastern Ukraine, prevented deputies being elected there.It is just one year since people seeking democracy and prosperity began protesting in Kiev’s Maidan Square, leading to the downfall of a kleptocratic regime and descent of a new cold war in Europe. How rapidly the news agenda moves on. Crimea was the first annexation on the…
  • Russia puts ‘Putin’s banker’ Sergei Pugachev on Interpol wanted list

    Shaun Walker in Moscow
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Ally turned critic of Russian president is believed to be London and is accused of siphoning money from bank for personal useAn exiled Russian oligarch who was once so close to the Kremlin he was known as “Putin’s banker” has been put on the Interpol wanted list by Moscow after falling out with his former associates.Sergei Pugachev – whose riches Forbes magazine estimated at more than $2bn (£1.3bn) at the peak of his wealth – fled Russia after claiming hostile interests were trying to seize his businesses. In recent weeks he has given interviews critical of President Vladimir…
  • Putin: Russia does not pose a threat to anyone - video

    Guardian Staff
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Vladimir Putin says that Russia does not pose a threat to any other country but it will safeguard its own security. Speaking at a meeting with the country's military chiefs, Putin says that Russia does not intend to get involved in any geopolitical games or intrigue. He says that Russia's sovereignty and integrity is indispensable Continue reading...
 
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    Легкая атлетика России

  • Рекорды России

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    В четверг 27 ноября на заседании президиума ВФЛА были утверждены рекорды страны, установленные в 2013-2014 годах.
  • Тройки лучших

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:56 am
    По итогам голосования посетителей на сайте Rusathletics.com определились тройки претендентов на звание «Лучший легкоатлет России 2014 года» среди мужчин и женщин и «Восходящая звезда».
  • Анастасия Капачинская стала мамой!

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Чемпионка мира и Европы, призер Олимпийских игр российская бегунья Анастасия Капачинская в воскресенье впервые стала мамой, о чем она и рассказала в эксклюзивном интервью Rusathletics.com.
  • Наши на Экидене и в Дохе

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Российская команда показала четвертый результат в эстафете на марафонской дистанции - International Chiba Ekiden-2014, а на чемпионате мира по бегу на 100 километров россияне остались без медалей.
  • Барселона обвиняет Доху

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:11 am
    Разгорается скандал по поводу состоявшихся выборов города, в котором пройдет чемпионат мира по легкой атлетике 2019-го года.
 
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    English Russia

  • Construction of Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad

    tim
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    The Baikal Amur railroad was “A project of a century” as Brezhnev said. It was a railroad to connect the middle of Siberia with the Pacific coast, with a length over 4,300 kms. And again, like the story of the … Read more...
  • The Early Soviet Air Defense Missiles from 1963

    tim
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
      Just a few historical photos of one Soviet air defense point from a private album. Not many of these are published because in Soviet times it was harder to take photos on military sites, especially such strategically important ones as … Read more...
  • Record Breaking Test Vehicle MAZ 7907

    team
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    MAZ-7907 – its twelve axle chassis has giant dimensions: length – 30 m, width – 4,8 m, height – 4,5 m. The main technical feature of the vehicle is its use of a 1250 hp gas turbine engine that is usually … Read more...
  • 400 Meter Down Underground: A Potassium Mine

    tim
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Have you ever been 400 meters underground? It’s like the Empire State Building was flipped top side down and hammered into the ground as if it was a giant nail. Then, where its tip arrives is around 420 meters, so … Read more...
  • Zil Army Car

    tim
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    ZIL is a pretty old Russian car factory making trucks, etc. Now they have come up with something else. By the special order of Russian army, they rolled out this creepmobile. Some more photos inside. It might become an official … Read more...
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    Sean's Russia Blog

  • Putin: Extremism is a Geopolitical Tool

    Sean
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    There’s question how much the revolution in Ukraine would inspire Russians. A successful Ukraine would become a shining example to Russians that a life without Putin is not only possible, but desirable. Putin is certainly aware of this and his comments on extremism to his Security Council shows that the threat of “colored revolutions” occupies his mind. “In the modern world extremism is used as a geopolitical tool for redistribution of spheres of interest. We can see the tragic consequences of the wave of the so-called color revolutions, the shock experienced by people in the…
  • Don’t Arm Ukraine

    Sean
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    US Vice President Joe Biden is due to land in Kiev and one topic that the Ukrainians will surely bring up is whether the US will provide weapons to fend off a Russian incursion. After all, Poroshenko asked for weapons when he spoke in front of the US Congress in September when he famously declared, “blankets [and] night-vision goggles are also important. But one cannot win a war with blankets.” He went home with more blankets. Surely he’ll again bring the issue of up with Biden, especially as Russia arms the separatists and rumors swirl of a rebel offensive. Already anticipating such a…
  • Gorbachev: Who Killed Laura Palmer?

    Sean
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    Who killed Laura Palmer? Was it James Hurley? Bobby Briggs? Leland Palmer? Or was it the demonic entity, Bob? The question has occupied fans of the dark and quirky drama series since it went off the air in 1991. Perhaps we’ll finally learn who killed Laura Palmer when the series returns in 2016. One fan nagged by the identity of Laura Palmer’s killer was none other than Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union. Twin Peaks aired in Russia in 1993. According to a new oral history of the series, Brad Dukes’ Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks, Gorbachev pressed…
  • Is a Rebel Offensive Imminent?

    Sean
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    War looms once again over eastern Ukraine as speculation floods the internet of a possible offensive by Russian backed separatists. There have been reports of a stream of new amour and weapons crossing the Russia-Ukraine border. Russia continues to issue denials, as it has done since the beginning of the conflict. Is a separatist offensive imminent? It’s hard to say. Most experts seem to think so, as they mull over Putin’s possible game plan. Does he want a land bridge to Crimea? Is he keeping the Ukraine destabilized enough to scuttle reforms? Looking to consolidate control over rebel…
  • Thoughts on Ukraine’s Parliamentary Election

    Sean
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Ukrainians voted for a new parliament yesterday, and with 50 percent of the votes counted, the breakdown looks like this: Narodnyi Front: 21.61% Blok Petro Poroshenko: 21.45% Samopomoch: 11.1% Opposition Bloc: 9.82% Radical Party: 7.38% Batkivshchina: 5.69% The European Parliament, PACE, and the OSCE have all given the election a clean bill of health by declaring it to be fair and legitimate by democratic standards. Even Russia appears ready to recognize the results, according to statements made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The results point to a major victory of Ukraine’s…
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    White Sun of the Desert

  • RIP Phil Hughes

    Tim Newman
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    At the risk of this blog turning into a series of obituaries, I feel I should say something about the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, who has died two days after being struck on the head with a cricket ball during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG. That this is a terrible tragedy doesn’t need repeating by me; at 25 years of age and with a talent that the Australian selectors didn’t fully appreciate, it is a dreadful shame. But there are two things that I would like to say.  Firstly, among the outpourings of sympathy on social media – which is in danger…
  • RIP Christophe de Margerie

    Tim Newman
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    I spent the last week in a somewhat remote village in Kazakhstan, close to the Uzbek border, visiting a friend who was getting married.  The house in which I was staying did not have a fixed line telephone let alone internet, and with roaming charges coming in at a bargain 13 Euros per Mb I was effectively cut off from my normal information channels.  As such, I received the terrible news that Total’s CEO Christophe de Margerie had been killed in a plane crash in Moscow via text message. As I managed to scrape together more details I realised with some discomfort that the crash had…
  • Ah, so it was all bullshit?

    Tim Newman
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    This is long overdue: The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) says electronic devices such as mobile phones can be left switched on during flights. EASA says that electronic devices do not pose a safety risk. The restriction on using mobile phones was almost as stupid as the requirement to turn off “electronic devices” during taxi, take-off, and landing.  If any aircraft, ever, had displayed the slightest sign of inteference from a mobile phone or other device, the whole fleet would have been grounded immediately.  The “because it may interfere with the aircraft’s…
  • The Not-So-Strategic Base in Sevastopol

    Tim Newman
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    Alex K. – who appears to be providing me with a lot of blogging fodder these days – has written a post about the propaganda being fed to the Russian population which they appear to be swallowing wholesale.  This – coupled with this post of mine – got me thinking about how little the Russian population queries what they are told by their government compared to that of the UK, for example. Now don’t get me wrong.  We have plenty of gullible idiots in the UK, and a lot of those who query the government are both wrong and blithering idiots at the same time, so I…
  • An Interesting Choice of Leaders

    Tim Newman
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Alex K. has posted a graphic account of the treatment of a woman suspected of being pro-Ukrainian in the city of Donetsk recently. I made a comment under the post which I’ve decided to turn into a post of my own, because I am genuinely baffled here.  From what I have seen thus far, and the account above can only serve to reinforce this view, the separatists in east Ukraine are a bunch of violent, armed thugs accountable to nobody (anybody remember MH17?) who have taken it upon themselves to dish out arbitrary punishments to anyone suspected of being against them, operating with…
 
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    Windows to Russia

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Russia!

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    I was drinking my second or maybe third cup of coffee (I forget) and thinking about Thanksgiving! This is my ninth (9 years) Thanksgiving in Russia. Now Russians do not have a Thanksgiving Holiday,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The USA’s – BLACK FRIDAY…

    kKeeton
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:51 pm
    ** Black Friday ** What you do after giving thanks for all you have… We are world famous for Black Friday, not as famous as we are for killing people with drones and such, but Black Friday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • At one time we still cared: Now Drones…

    kKeeton
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Drone baby Drone! At one time when secret operations were utilized and instigated, there were physical eyes on the ground at the site of incursion. This was mandatory and without actual human... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Victoria Nuland Cookies for Ferguson?

    kKeeton
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Regime Change USA Anyone? Perhaps this is the time for Russia, China, Iran and their allies all over the world to send “democracy and human rights” envoys to hand out cookies to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • BRICS; do or die you can not be in between…

    kKeeton
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:20 am
    The game is on and the BRICS must keep plucking away and be ready to, “Do or Die!” Russia & China coordinated to wind down and stop buying US securities in the last 12 months. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    From Russia with Love

  • "Falling Back" in Russia: A Government Decision I Heartily Endorse

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Thank you, dear Russia for joining most of Europe last weekend and falling back an hour. We're now on standard time permanently, never again to change our clocks. At least for now. Then again, in 2011 when Russia went onto summer time, as daylight savings time is called here, lawmakers announced it was the last time we would be changing clocks. That decision has been reversed, obviously, and
  • Communist All-stars Reign at Statue Park, Budapest

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    October 23, 1989, Hungary became an independent republic after 33 years of Soviet rule. Ironically, Soviet troops saw themselves as liberators in 1945 when they marched in, freeing Hungary from Nazi domination. Therein lies one of the great ironies of history: A country being freed from one totalitarian regime by another such regime. When a regime falls, so do its monuments, notes Rick Steves,
  • And Zee Winners are. . .!

    3 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    Oh, before I name the winners, here's dear Janelle, an honest-to-goodness Olympic volunteer who's been here in Rostov over the weekend. Notice the official apparel!  All too soon, Janelle will be catching the train back to Sochi to help with the Paralympics. Besides volunteering at the games, Janelle volunteered to help me draw the winners of this contest. But you, dear friends, made that ever
  • You Can Win an Olympic Souvenir: 4 Gifts. . . and Going Fast!

    2 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Dear friends, here's your chance to be part of Olympic history! You can win one of four limited-edition official souvenirs from the Sochi 2014 Olympic games. Just scroll down to the bottom and leave a comment! But here's the kicker: Gotta act now. Contest closes in less than twelve hours: Sunday midnight, Pacific Time ~ which is Monday noon, Moscow Time. Here are the prizes. Oh and are they
  • Weathering the Ice and Snow of Southwest Russia: Sochi 2014

    3 Feb 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Let's talk about the weather of southwest Russia. Because if you're into the Olympics ~ and oh, surely you are ~ the weather is significant. In a nutshell, although it's well below freezing here in Rostov-on-Don, it is not cold in Sochi (pronounced SO-chee), in fact today's high was 46 F.  But as you may know, there's a plan in place to maximize Sochi's unique geography ~ thus its climate
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    an expat journal

  • From start to finish...

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Personally, I think Tom is one of the most creative people on the planet...but, perhaps, I might be biased! He was asked to do some artwork for the set of Divaz Next Door which is a local talk show on PlusTV, a Christian TV station, here in Belize. Here are some photos that I put together showing the evolution of his artwork!His initial conceptHe wasn't happy with the direction of this one...So he changed direction.Cirilo's preparing the setThe table was custom made by Pastor Scott Stirm and his son Shane.all set and ready to go!And it's show time! We had an informative talk with Mrs…
  • What's new in Cohune Walk...

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    After months of repeatedly calling the city to remind them to do their pick up of yard clippings they finally showed up today! There was so much debris throughout our community they had to send a backhoe and a dump truck out to do the collection.As you can see it's been so long since the last pick up that we actually had a tree growing out of the pile in front of our house. Tom went out to thank the driver and chat with him.They had a four man crew out working. One driving the backhoe, one driving the dump truck, and two helping to load the backhoe when…
  • Hope For Life

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Last month a new ministry opened up here in Belize!Hope Life is a Christian organization that is dedicated to offering love, emotional support, and material help to women who are faced with an unintended pregnancy.The director/founder, Jadine Fritzler, worked with us at CDF and was one of the eight students who graduated from the two year course in Christian Counseling that Tom teaches at Belize Bible Center.The Mayor, Simeon Lopez, and Deputy Mayor, Anna Banner Guy, were in attendance. Judy Vasquez, Director of Seeds of Life in Belize City The pastors in attendance prayed over all…
  • The Gift of Teamwork...

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Do you work well with your spouse? There was a time when Tom and I tried to team teach back in California. We'd been married about 15 years or so. Though the talk went well...WE did not do so well...before or after. Let's just say there was weeping and gnashing of teeth involved. Thankfully, both of us have grown up a lot since then.We've learned to work as a team over the past 9 years on the mission field. It came about slowly but surely. We've gained a greater respect for one another as the bond of partnership has strengthened throughout the years. Realizing that we are on…
  • Thought for Today

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The desire to praise God comes from the depth of our relationship with Him. It's not about religion. It's not meant to be an act of duty.  It should flow from a heart filled with love, gratitude, and reverence for Who He is and all that He is. Dig into the Word for yourself and discover Who He is. Take time to get to know Him. Draw near to Him, seek Him, and He will reveal Himself to you. And you will find Him worthy of all praise, glory, and honor!
 
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    English Russia

  • Construction of Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad

    tim
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    The Baikal Amur railroad was “A project of a century” as Brezhnev said. It was a railroad to connect the middle of Siberia with the Pacific coast, with a length over 4,300 kms. And again, like the story of the … Read more...
  • The Early Soviet Air Defense Missiles from 1963

    tim
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
      Just a few historical photos of one Soviet air defense point from a private album. Not many of these are published because in Soviet times it was harder to take photos on military sites, especially such strategically important ones as … Read more...
  • Record Breaking Test Vehicle MAZ 7907

    team
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    MAZ-7907 – its twelve axle chassis has giant dimensions: length – 30 m, width – 4,8 m, height – 4,5 m. The main technical feature of the vehicle is its use of a 1250 hp gas turbine engine that is usually … Read more...
  • 400 Meter Down Underground: A Potassium Mine

    tim
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Have you ever been 400 meters underground? It’s like the Empire State Building was flipped top side down and hammered into the ground as if it was a giant nail. Then, where its tip arrives is around 420 meters, so … Read more...
  • Zil Army Car

    tim
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    ZIL is a pretty old Russian car factory making trucks, etc. Now they have come up with something else. By the special order of Russian army, they rolled out this creepmobile. Some more photos inside. It might become an official … Read more...
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    RUSSIAN SPHINX

  • Shape file directory

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    It's a list from my perspective, I work mainly with geo data for Europe and Asian post Soviet Union countries. I wanted to keep all my sources in one place so I started this list, which I am planning to update when I find something interesting. I focus on open source shape files. If you came across a website with shape files and you want to share it with me, it will be the happiest day of my
  • Велодорожки Москвы / Cycle lanes of Moscow

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Портал открытых данных правительства Москвы опубликовал географические координаты московских велодорожек. Общая длина велодорожек состоит 111 км. Самая длинная велодорожка находится в парке «Лосиный Остров». Я хотела сделать карту поинтереснее и добавить другие данные к велосипедным геоданным, но не нашла ничего…
  • Reshaping data in Data Wrangler

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:09 am
    Data Wrangler is a hero of this tutorial. It's free online tool to transform data. There are three reasons why it's worth to use Data Wrangler: it's very easy to use although it's simple it offers many useful functions the app's done by nice people The app has limitations, Wrangler only supports up to 40 columns and 1000 rows. If you are planning to work with something bigger than that, then
  • Something old, something new

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    I'm totally addicted to archaeological documentaries. My favourite archaeological site is Göbekli Tepe, google it, it's just WOW. In July 2014 Klaus Schmidt, who headed the excavations at the site, passed away. I started to thinking about doing something in this field. I wanted to analyse some data devoted to Göbekli Tepe, but I couldn't find anything. Archaeological data published in the
  • Simplifying geometries of polygon shape files in QGIS's SimpliPy

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    First you have to install SimpliPy Note that the plug-in says: You must have installed Shapely 1.2.18 or you will get an error installing or using this plug-in. Shapely is open source. ============================================== Here you can learn what simplifying geometries of shape files is. ============================================== SimpliPy was successfully installed
 
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    Vladimir Kara-Murza's blog

  • Europe: Deny the Vote to Putin’s Outlaw Regime

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Earlier this month, the leaders of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)—the oldest and largest pan-European organization that brings together national lawmakers from across the continent—visited Moscow for talks with State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin. The principal topic of discussion was the restoration of voting rights for Russian delegates, which were suspended in April following the annexation of Crimea. The talks brought good news for the Kremlin. According to Andreas Gross, a Swiss lawmaker and the Assembly’s rapporteur on Russia, most leaders of the…
  • Kremlin Returns to Soviet Practice of Stripping Citizenship

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    MOSCOW — One of the ways of punishing political dissenters under the Soviet regime—alongside prisons, labor camps, and “special psychiatric hospitals”—was forced exile accompanied by a loss of citizenship, to ensure that “offenders” would never return to their country (in practice, “never” was curtailed by the collapse of communism in 1991). This was done, among others, to Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, samizdat publisher Alexander Ginzburg, and Moscow Helsinki Group founder Yuri Orlov. The writer Vladimir Bukovsky—one of the most prominent figures in the Russian…
  • 50,000 March in Moscow Against Putin's War

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    MOSCOW — Last Sunday, Russian citizens once again refuted the Kremlin’s propaganda image of a nation united behind the aggressive actions of a dictator. Some 50,000 people, according to media estimates, marched through downtown Moscow to protest Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine and his escalating crackdown on what remains of civil liberties in Russia. For the first time in many months, the demonstration was backed by all of Russia’s pro-democracy parties, including the People’s Freedom Party, Yabloko, and Progress Party. Demonstrators were chanting “Peace to Ukraine, Freedom…
  • Muscovites Use Vote to Say ‘No’ to Putin’s War

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    MOSCOW — Russia’s regional “elections” on September 14th—cleared ahead of time of most Kremlin opponents—predictably ended with Soviet-style 80-to-90 percent approval figures for the incumbents. In St. Petersburg, where some pro-democracy candidates managed to make it onto the municipal ballot, their actual results were drowned in the thousands of “early voter ballots”—outside of the control of independent monitors—almost all of which, by pure coincidence, were cast for Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party. As a result, the liberal Yabloko party—always a strong…
  • More of the Same: Kremlin Suppresses Candidates

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    MOSCOW — On September 14th, dozens of Russian regions, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, will hold elections on different levels, from municipal councilors to regional legislators and governors. Supporters of Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party will score landslide victories across the country. This will not be because, as the Kremlin propaganda claims, the regime has widespread popular support—but because all contenders that could pose even potential danger to pro-Kremlin candidates have been removed from the ballot in advance. St. Petersburg, often described as Russia’s most…
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