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Biden Meets With Russian Oppositionists & Rights Advocates

Russian human rights activists and opposition figures met with US Vice President Joe Biden to discuss civil rights violations, electoral fraud, and other issues plaguing Russian politics and society.

Mar 11, 2011 | Continued
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European Parliament Slams Russia’s Courts

The European Parliament has issued a scathing resolution on Russia’s human rights situation, calling on the government to establish just and transparent courts and to respect the rule of law in the North Caucasus.

Feb 18, 2011 | Continued
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Pyramid Country in the View of Global Stability

While the media discusses parallels and comparisons between the unrest in Egypt and the political situation in Russia, opposition leader Garry Kasparov proposes that a set of less obvious factors make Egypt’s uprising important to understanding Russia’s reality.

Feb 9, 2011 | Continued
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Banned from Latvia, Luzhkov Tries for Austria, Britain

Former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov is making progress in what look like his attempts to flee the country, despite his insistence that he has no intention to do so “if the motherland doesn’t disown me.”

Feb 1, 2011 | Continued
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Russia Faced With Magnitsky, Khodorkovsky in Davos

Russian leaders are facing tough criticism of the country’s business practices at the World Economic Forum, as William Browder speaks out on the scandalous death of his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, and what it means for business in Russia.

Jan 28, 2011 | Continued
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Freedom House: Situation in Russia ‘Relentlessly Grim’

A new report by Freedom House alleges that President Medvedev’s attempts to push forward democratic reforms have come to naught, while “bribery and embezzlement remain the norm” and “the law is enforced at the caprice of the leadership.”

Jan 14, 2011 | Continued
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Economist: ‘No Fundamental Reforms’ Under Medvedev

The Economist has releasd it’s 2010 Democracy Index, and ranks Russia at 107 as a “hybrid regime.” Authors say that pros have not offset the cons in the country’s democratic development over the past year.

Dec 29, 2010 | Continued
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Reporters Without Borders Awards Russian Journalists

Reporters Without Borders has awarded two opposition-oriented Russian journalists with the Press Freedom Award.

Dec 10, 2010 | Continued
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WikiLeaks – On Russia, In Summary

As scathing US diplomatic cables continue to pour out of WikiLeaks, provides a run-down of some of the numerous allegations against the Russian government that have surfaced so far.

Dec 2, 2010 | Continued
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Kremlin at Odds with Council of Europe Report

The Council of Europe has issued a report calling for Russia to bring back the direct election for regional leaders and make it easier for political parties to gain registration.

Oct 28, 2010 | Continued