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  • Theatre director fired over Wagner opera that offended Russian Orthodox church

    Russia | The Guardian
    AP in Moscow
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Russia’s culture minister sacks Siberian theatre director after Russian Orthodox church, allied to Vladimir Putin, attacks modern staging of Tannhauser Russia’s culture minister has fired the director of a Siberian theatre whose modern staging of Wagner’s opera Tannhauser offended the powerful Russian Orthodox church.The announcement that Boris Mezdrich had been sacked was made on Sunday as several thousand people rallied outside the Novosibirsk theatre to protest against the opera, which they said was offensive to Christians and reflected the values of the decadent west. Continue…
  • Faces of Russian Women and Men in Color from World War 2

    English Russia
    tim
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:33 pm
    An awesome collection of color (or colorized) photos devoted to the faces of people participating in World War 2 from Russian side - soldiers, commanders, nurses, snipers, sailors, pilots - you name it. Pretty much standing out in such vivid … Read more...
  • Funny Comics by Soviet Air Force Technician About His Life and Work

    English Russia
    tim
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Valerie Medvedev was a Soviet air force technician servicing air force planes and jets. He finished pilot's college in Russia but instead of being a real pilot he had to work on the ground for over eight years. Later he … Read more...
  • Saudi Arabia Criticizes Putin Over Letter To Arab Summit

    Russia News latest RSS headlines - Russia News.net
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:17 am
    Saudi Arabia has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy over Russia's role in the Syrian civil war. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal was quoted as making the comment at an ...
  • Russian foreign minister to leave Iran nuclear talks early

    Russia | The Guardian
    Julian Borger in Lausanne
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    Officials say negotiations over Iran’s nuclear plans have stalled on the issue of lifting UN security council sanctions Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, will leave international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme on Monday afternoon, officials said, as talks in Switzerland stumbled over a pair of particularly difficult problems.Russian foreign ministry officials said that Lavrov had to conduct bilateral talks with unnamed neighbouring countries but added he would return to the talks venue at Lausanne as soon as Tuesday, if needed. Foreign ministers from Iran, the US, UK,…
 
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    Russia | The Guardian

  • Russian foreign minister to leave Iran nuclear talks early

    Julian Borger in Lausanne
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    Officials say negotiations over Iran’s nuclear plans have stalled on the issue of lifting UN security council sanctions Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, will leave international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme on Monday afternoon, officials said, as talks in Switzerland stumbled over a pair of particularly difficult problems.Russian foreign ministry officials said that Lavrov had to conduct bilateral talks with unnamed neighbouring countries but added he would return to the talks venue at Lausanne as soon as Tuesday, if needed. Foreign ministers from Iran, the US, UK,…
  • Greenaway offends Russia with film about Soviet director's gay affair

    Carmen Gray for The Calvert Journal, part of the New East network
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    British director speaks to The Calvert Journalabout his latest work featuring Sergei Eisenstein’s hidden relationship with a Mexican man in 1931Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein is revered as one of cinema’s founding fathers. So it’s no surprise that Russia – in its crackdown on free expression and its repressive stance on homosexuality – has been touchy about Peter Greenaway’s depiction of the figure in his new feature Eisenstein in Guanajuato, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival last month. The British auteur director displays his typically transgressive…
  • Theatre director fired over Wagner opera that offended Russian Orthodox church

    AP in Moscow
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Russia’s culture minister sacks Siberian theatre director after Russian Orthodox church, allied to Vladimir Putin, attacks modern staging of Tannhauser Russia’s culture minister has fired the director of a Siberian theatre whose modern staging of Wagner’s opera Tannhauser offended the powerful Russian Orthodox church.The announcement that Boris Mezdrich had been sacked was made on Sunday as several thousand people rallied outside the Novosibirsk theatre to protest against the opera, which they said was offensive to Christians and reflected the values of the decadent west. Continue…
  • Nemtsov colleagues try to continue investigation – but face wall of silence

    Alec Luhn
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Ilya Yashin says report into Russian military’s role in Ukraine is hampered by a lack of documentary evidence and soldiers’ relatives intimidated into not talkingColleagues of Boris Nemtsov, the murdered Russian opposition leader, are trying to complete his report on Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine, but documentary evidence may not exist and soldiers’ relatives have been intimidated into silence, according to activist Ilya Yashin.Yashin, who leads the Moscow branch of Nemtsov’s RPR-Parnas party, was a close friend and arrived at Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge near the…
  • How Nemtsov's murder could force Putin into a big decision

    Shaun Walker in Moscow
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    A month after the politician’s killing in Moscow there are signs of a Kremlin power struggle – and Russia’s president may soon have to take sidesWhen Boris Nemtsov was shot dead, as he walked home on a drizzly Friday night in Moscow last month, Russia’s beleaguered liberal opposition realised tthe rules of the game had changed in the most shocking way.But there are also signs the highest-profile contract killing to take place during Vladimir Putin’s 15 years in charge could have triggered a battle inside Russia’s power structures, the consequences of which could reach far wider…
 
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    Легкая атлетика России

  • «Шиповка юных» - средний возраст

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    В Казани на Всероссийском финале «Шиповка юных» завершились соревнования в среднем возрасте.
  • Допинг-контроль

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:08 am
    Член сборной Швеции по спортивной ходьбе Андреас Густафссон может быть дисквалифицирован за использование запрещенных препаратов.
  • Триумф Кении и Эфиопии в кроссе

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Кенийские бегуны Джеффри Кипсанг Камворора и Агнес Тироп завоевали золотые медали на 41-ом чемпионате мира по кроссу, который проходил в китайском Гуйяне.
  • Мастер-класс в Казани

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    Прекрасный праздник спорта, хорошего настроения и новых знаний подарили именитые российские спортсмены Анна Альминова и Виктор Чистяков участникам зимнего Всероссийского финала «Шиповка юных – 2015» в Казани.
  • Спортивная Европа объединяется

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    В июле - августе 2018-го года в Берлине и Глазго пройдет первый в истории объединенный чемпионат Европы по летним видам спорта.
 
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    English Russia

  • Road Safety Posters From the Soviet Past

    team
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Here is a cool collection of vintage posters appealing to Soviet people for caution on the roads. Today we have much more dense traffic but for some reason safety posters are not popular anymore. "You are on the highway, not … Read more...
  • Russian Army Presented a Fashion Collection

    tim
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Looks like Russian Army has presented its first fashion collection for the consumers and one of the top Russian army bloggers I. Korotchenko has paid a visit to the show, so now we all can see what is in store … Read more...
  • Funny Comics by Soviet Air Force Technician About His Life and Work

    tim
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Valerie Medvedev was a Soviet air force technician servicing air force planes and jets. He finished pilot's college in Russia but instead of being a real pilot he had to work on the ground for over eight years. Later he … Read more...
  • Faces of Russian Women and Men in Color from World War 2

    tim
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:33 pm
    An awesome collection of color (or colorized) photos devoted to the faces of people participating in World War 2 from Russian side - soldiers, commanders, nurses, snipers, sailors, pilots - you name it. Pretty much standing out in such vivid … Read more...
  • Russia vs India in Pictures

    tim
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    A Russian photographer has travelled both thru Russia and thru India and now states that both countries have many in common. To prove his point he published a set of photos. Each picture consists of two photos - first made … Read more...
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    Sean's Russia Blog

  • Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and WWII

    Sean
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    Guest: Cathy Frierson, professor of modern Russian history at the University of New Hampshire. Her books include Peasant Icons: Representations of Rural People in Late 19th Century RussiaAll Russia is Burning: A Cultural History of Fire and Arson in Late Imperial Russia, Children of the Gulag, and most recently Silence was Salvation: Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and WWII in the Soviet Union. The post Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and WWII appeared first on Sean's Russia Blog.
  • Nemtsov Murder Reverberations and Early 1930s Armenia

    Sean
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
      Guests: Pavel Baev, a senior researcher at the International Peace Research Institute Oslo. He writes about contemporary Russia for the Eurasian Daily Monitor. His most recent article is Putin’s Disappearing Act May Be Sign of a Leadership Crisis. Pietro Shakarian, graduate student at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan. He has written widely on Russia and the former Soviet space and maintains his own blog Reconsidering Russia and the Former Soviet Union. He is the editor of The Red Flag at Ararat by Aghavnie Yeghenian and two…
  • Annexation of Crimea and the Destruction of the Russian Empire

    Sean
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Guests: Karl Qualls, Professor of History at Dickinson College and author of From Ruins to Reconstruction: Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II. Josh Sanborn, Professor of History at Lafayette College and author of Imperial Apocalypse: The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire. The post Annexation of Crimea and the Destruction of the Russian Empire appeared first on Sean's Russia Blog.
  • The Murder of Boris Nemtsov

    Sean
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Guest: Mark Galeotti, Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at New York University where he specializes in transnational organized crime, security affairs and modern Russia. His most recent book is Russia’s Wars in Chechnya. You can read his writings about contemporary Russia at his blog In Moscow’s Shadows. His writings on Boris Nemtsov’s murder are: Nemtsov’s Murder and Three Other Deaths If the Hit on Boris Nemtsov Was Meant to Intimidate, It Failed Known Knowns and the Nemtsov Murder The post The Murder of Boris Nemtsov appeared first on Sean's Russia Blog.
  • Ukrainian-Russian Relations in Historical Perspective and Putin as Improviser

    Sean
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Guests: Faith Hillis, Assistant Professor of Russian History at the University of Chicago and author of Children of Rus’: Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation. Her most recent article is “Intimacy and Antipathy: Ukrainian-Russian Relations in Historical Perspective” published in Kritika. Andrew Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia. His most recent article is “Putin the Improviser” in the Wall Street Journal. The post…
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    White Sun of the Desert

  • Job vacancy opens on Sakhalin

    Tim Newman
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Like NKVD chiefs under Stalin and Hamas leaders, it appears being governor of Sakhalin oblast’ is a risky business: Alexander Khoroshavin, the governor of the Sakhalin Region in Russia’s Far East, has been arrested along with three of his associates on suspicion of taking a substantial bribe. According to an investigation into Khoroshavin’s activities, the governor received $5.6 million for his part in approving a contract for the construction of a local thermal power station. … On March 4, law enforcement authorities searched the government building of the Sakhalin Region as…
  • Tickled Pink

    Tim Newman
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    When I read stories like this, I can’t help but get the impression that Australia is going to disappear up its own arse before too long: The pink jersey worn by Australian rugby league referees is being scrapped as there is a feeling among officials that it undermines their authority. So far, so meh. But the move has come in for criticism for alienating certain groups. Dr Tom Heenan, of the National Centre for Australian Studies, said: “I don’t think this move away from pink really supports social inclusion.” Heenan told the BBC World Service that the change risks…
  • Getting beds delivered in France

    Tim Newman
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    Well, our beds got delivered.  Yup, a couple of professional, uniformed, well-groomed young men turned up in a Compagnie du Lit transporter – the one we’d heard so much about last time – and installed our beds without a hitch. Heh.  Only joking. What happened was a couple of Algerians turned up in a rented Europcar van, one of whom was in a foul mood.  Within 10 seconds of trying to get a giant mattress in the elevator, he started screaming that the elevator was shit, and the stubborn mattress corner that wouldn’t quite fit he tried to persuade in by booting it as…
  • On the killing of Boris Nemtsov

    Tim Newman
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    I received the news that Boris Nemtsov had been murdered as I was leaving the cinema.  When I jumped to the news sites to confirm the story, my first thoughts were that this is another Kirov.  Sergey Kirov was a popular leader in the post-Lenin Soviet Union, and was shot and killed by unknown assassins in 1934.  Speculation abounds that Stalin ordered the hit, but despite the obvious threat that Kirov posed to Stalin’s leadership, there is no evidence which supports his involvement. What we do know is that Stalin siezed the opportunity to launch a nationwide campaign of repression…
  • Orgies and Pimping in France

    Tim Newman
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    How very French: Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who denies charges of pimping, has told a court in northern France that he took part in only a few rare sex parties. He said prosecutors had greatly exaggerated the frequency of his “licentious evenings”. There had only been 12 in three years, he said. … Although using prostitutes is not illegal in France, supplying them or assisting in supplying them is. Prosecutors have been quoted as saying Mr Strauss-Kahn, 65, played a pivotal role in facilitating the orgies, describing him as the “party king”. Mr…
 
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    Windows to Russia

  • Patriot UAZ made in Russia…

    kKeeton
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    Ouch, I fell in love with the new patriot made by UAZ in Russia. It is big, beautiful, tough and made for Russian roads, or lack of roads thereof… The image is one of a dozen new patriots that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Western People are Lost in a Sea of Deceit…

    kKeeton
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Is there any hope of turning the tide of public opinion in the U.S? I ask because the news reports in the West are incredibly disingenuous… Yesterday I read an article about how awful it was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Yemen Exploding: Is the Stage Set for the Big War?

    kKeeton
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:18 am
    By Ron Paul… Rapid changes are occurring in Yemen. Ever since United States had to leave its military base there, other powers have been lining up to benefit from the chaos. It has been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fear & Greed; Gates are Closing…

    kKeeton
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:28 pm
    The gates by which information flows to us gets more narrow each day. Which means filtered information. How can this be good. Are the media conglomerates the robber barons of the 21st century?... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Response to some E-mails…

    kKeeton
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    That is RT sarcasm in a video, but it is true and factual. But RT is trying to tell you, that you live in a hell hole, America… The image is an actual list of what you need to watch for and or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network

  • The FPA’s Must Reads (March 27 – April 2)

    FPA Administrator
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The view from a rooftop in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, where violence has engulfed on of the most historic cities in the region (Photo: Richard Messenger via Flickr). The Crash of EgyptAir 990 The Atlantic By William Langeweische In light of Germanwings Flight 9525 crashing into the Alps this week, read this in-depth review of the technical and emotional review surrounding an EgyptAir pilot’s decisio n to plunge a passenger jet into the Atlantic in 1999. Iran expands regional ‘empire’ ahead of nuclear deal Reuters By Samia Nakhoul As Iran negotiates with world powers…
  • Will Dilma Face Impeachment?

    Gary Sands
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    Demonstrators hold a Brazilian flag during a march in Sao Paulo on Sunday demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. Demonstrators hold a Brazilian flag during a march in Sao Paulo demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. ( Andre Penner/Associated Press) Will Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff face impeachment and be forced to step down?  According to recent polls, if a majority of Brazilians have their way she could be forced from office.  In a poll taken by MDA from March 16-19, commissioned by the national transport lobby group CNT, 60 percent of the 2000…
  • Let Them Eat Crimean Butter

    Paul Mutter
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    “Liberty cabbage.” “Freedom fries.” And in Russia, there is now “Crimean Butter,” a new cheese brand introduced to consumers after the annexation of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation last spring. Such nationalistic kitsch has been appearing in Russian stores since 2014. What is disturbing about these products is not the jingoism on display, but the reality of scarcity of products in grocery stores. How did it come to this? The current crisis has been partly driven by the government’s policies, partly by global factors beyond its control – but it has been a long time coming…
  • Gulf Canvases and the Cultural Renaissance

    Sarah Elzeini
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    For decades in the Middle East, art has been frequently divorced from the public scene. But for the first time in a long while, the arts seem to be getting more eclectic and freer. Over the past fifty years, art in the Gulf has witnessed an artistic revolution, starting in Kuwait. In the 1960s and 1970s, Kuwait was known for its liberal environment and support of the arts. Kuwait’s Sultans were big patrons of the arts, and even hosted big names like Andy Warhol. In 1969, the Sultans opened The Sultan Gallery, which introduced Arab artists to international audiences. However, the Gulf…
  • The Armenians Remember

    Jim Quirk
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    Armenian Genocide Orphans in Arnavutkoy. K. Polis : Published by M. Hovakimean, 1920. A new United Nations report documents Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) actions against the Yezidis as genocide, while the Armenians prepare to commemorate the centennial of their own. “It is reasonable to conclude that some of these incidents, considering the overall information, may constitute genocide. Other incidents may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes.” UN Report, sec. II.A.1.16. ISIS (sometimes referred to as ISIL, or now IS) took over much of Iraq’s Anbar…
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    The Last Ditch

  • En voyage

    Tom
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    If you get out of this blogging habit, it's hard to get back in. Time was, I would have meticulously taken a photo at the start of this trip and then logged each stop. I am more relaxed these days. Sorry. I am on one of my favourite runs - through France to Cannes for MIPIM, an annual real estate jamboree that I have attended every year since 1992. I go now more from habit than necessity. Most of my friends are still working and it's a splendid chance to catch up with them and set the world to rights. One good thing about having lots of friends from post-socialist countries is that I am…
 
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    English Russia

  • Road Safety Posters From the Soviet Past

    team
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Here is a cool collection of vintage posters appealing to Soviet people for caution on the roads. Today we have much more dense traffic but for some reason safety posters are not popular anymore. "You are on the highway, not … Read more...
  • Russian Army Presented a Fashion Collection

    tim
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Looks like Russian Army has presented its first fashion collection for the consumers and one of the top Russian army bloggers I. Korotchenko has paid a visit to the show, so now we all can see what is in store … Read more...
  • Funny Comics by Soviet Air Force Technician About His Life and Work

    tim
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Valerie Medvedev was a Soviet air force technician servicing air force planes and jets. He finished pilot's college in Russia but instead of being a real pilot he had to work on the ground for over eight years. Later he … Read more...
  • Faces of Russian Women and Men in Color from World War 2

    tim
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:33 pm
    An awesome collection of color (or colorized) photos devoted to the faces of people participating in World War 2 from Russian side - soldiers, commanders, nurses, snipers, sailors, pilots - you name it. Pretty much standing out in such vivid … Read more...
  • Russia vs India in Pictures

    tim
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    A Russian photographer has travelled both thru Russia and thru India and now states that both countries have many in common. To prove his point he published a set of photos. Each picture consists of two photos - first made … Read more...
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    RUSSIAN SPHINX

  • Energy from renewable sources in the EU

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    Eurostat has published statistics on renewable energy sources in the European Union. Below my data visualization showing how countries are dealing with their energy targets.
  • German food mapped

    9 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    You don't need any geo software to produce a map, a cupboard is perfectly enough. Some time ago I've found in museum of Haus der Geschichte in Bonn this map of German local food specialties. The map is fully interactive, you can open each part to check what is inside. No computer, no programming involved and a nice interactive map was created. (You can click on the photos to enlarge them, yes
  • Free data journalism tools - data extracting and cleaning

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:29 am
    Extracting data from PDF There are plenty of people who strongly believe that the best place for their data is PDF, everyone does it, statistical offices, international organizations. There is only one reason behind it, their pleasure, yes they find it pleasurable to imagine people who try to extract their data from PDF. OK the reality is a bit different the format was created to present
  • Free data journalism tools - time lines

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    This post starts series of posts with free tools for data journalism. To make everything clear, I have nothing against paid apps but I just wanted to show that having strong willingness to work with data and no budget is enough to build a working place for a data journalist / yourself / data blogger / student / random person who likes data. In more romantic words, love for data is everything, you
  • Creating and saving path as KML file in Google Earth

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    You can use KML files to store routes of your trips, bird migration, geographical discoveries or whatever you want. Later you can use KML files to present created geo data in Google Fusion Tables. // Please select Settings => Quality => 720p HD and Full Screen at the bottom of the youtube film for your own comfort and mental stability, there is nothing more annoying that blurry tutorial.//
 
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    Vladimir Kara-Murza's blog

  • Kremlin Election Fraud Revealed. Again.

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    NOVOYE DEVYATKINO, Russia — The most popular political myths of Vladimir Putin’s regime, too often uncritically repeated by Western commentators—that Putin and his United Russia party are “supported by the vast majority of Russians” and that the opposition is “weak” and “unpopular”—are rarely tested, since most of the time Kremlin opponents are barred from the ballot. Last Sunday offered a rare glimpse into the actual opinions of Russian voters. On March 22nd, Novoye Devyatkino, a municipality north of St. Petersburg that has been referred to as “Russia’s New…
  • Boris Nemtsov, 1959–2015

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    MOSCOW — This is probably the most difficult piece in my life. Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov was a rarity in politics. Having raced up the political power ladder—member of Parliament at 30, regional governor at 32, senator at 34, first deputy prime minister at 38, leader of the parliamentary opposition at 40—he always maintained his honesty, his character, and his principles, never betraying his ideals or his friends. He was the face of a different, freer, more hopeful, and more European Russia. A committed democrat and modernizer, who propelled his Nizhny Novgorod region to one of the…
  • Mr. Putin’s Word is Void of Value

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    MOSCOW — “Mr. Putin does not want to annex eastern Ukraine. I am sure of it. He told me so,” French President François Hollande affirmed in a recent radio interview. Whether this was an unfortunate turn of phrase or genuine naïveté, Western leaders should be reminded of what Russian citizens have long known—that Vladimir Putin’s promises are rarely worth the paper they are written on. Here is but a short selection of prominent “he-told-me-so’s” from the Kremlin leader. “To take away the people’s right to elect their regional leaders would be wrong… and would…
  • US Investigation Topples Kremlin Propaganda Chief

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    MOSCOW — On December 19th, Gazprom Media, the Kremlin-controlled information empire, unexpectedly announced the resignation of its chairman, Mikhail Lesin, “for family reasons.” Lesin himself declined to comment. Vladimir Putin’s former press minister, who oversaw the destruction of three independent nationwide television networks in the early 2000s, was brought back to run a key component in the Kremlin’s propaganda machine in late 2013, just before the Ukrainian revolution and Putin’s annexation of Crimea. Over the past year, media outlets under Lesin’s control—including NTV…
  • Party Crashers: Kremlin SWAT Teams Attack Opposition Meetings

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    CHELYABINSK, Russia — When, about an hour into the roundtable discussion on elections hosted by the Open Russia movement in this city in the Southern Urals on December 17th, SWAT teams and officers of the Emergencies Ministry stormed the room and ordered a forced evacuation, the speakers could not hide their smiles. Ten days earlier, exactly the same scenario—forced evacuation after an anonymous “bomb threat”—was used by the authorities in St. Petersburg in an attempt to sabotage the Open Russia conference there. That forum was also centered on the topic of Russia’s parliamentary…
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