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Venezuelan Parallels

Russian journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza comments on the recent, marked similarities between Russia and Venezuela – and what last week’s opposition victories in Venezuela might mean for their Russian counterparts.

Oct 6, 2010 | Continued
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Finnish & Russian Activists Appeal to Medvedev

Participants of the fourth annual Finnish-Russian Civic Forum are calling upon President Medvedev to grant Russian opposition activists the ability to exercise their right to free assembly.

Jul 21, 2010 | Continued
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Clinton: ‘Steel Vise’ Clamps Down on Activism in Russia

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Russia among a number of countries whose governments actively pressure rights groups who work to develop democracy.

Jul 5, 2010 | Continued
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US Congress Holds Hearing on Magnitsky

The US Congress held a hearing today on the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, with congressmen promising to introduce legislation banning Russian officials involved in the death from traveling to the United States.

May 7, 2010 | Continued
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Right to Free Assembly ‘Not Evident to Russian Gov’t’

A monitoring commission from the Council of Europe is criticizing Russia for failing to recognize the right to free assembly as a basic human right, and also for beating members of unsanctioned protests.

Mar 24, 2010 | Continued
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Kasparov Discusses Chess, Politics in Georgia Visit

During a visit this week to a friend and chess colleague in Georgia, Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov met with Georgian leadership and journalists to discuss the state of Russia-Georgia relations.

Mar 18, 2010 | Continued
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Russia Won’t Support “Crippling Sanctions” on Iran

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says that Russia would not support “crippling sanctions” on Iran, despite statements earlier this week from the ministry expressing readiness for a new round of sanctions.

Feb 20, 2010 | Continued
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EC: Russian Modernization Requires ‘Supremacy of Law’

A report from the European Commission outlining a path for Russian modernization cites “the supremacy of law” as a necessary first step, which Kremlin bureaucrats are dismissing in favor of an “application-oriented” approach.

Feb 12, 2010 | Continued
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Russia Becomes Last to Ratify Strasbourg Protocol

The Russian State Duma has become the last member country to ratify a protocol to reform the European Court of Human Rights after a three year delay, a decision analysts are saying is likely political.

Jan 15, 2010 | Continued
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Russia to Pay Nauru $50M to Recognize South Ossetia

Russia is reportedly planning to pay the diminutive island nation of Nauru tens of millions of dollars in aid for it to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.

Dec 14, 2009 | Continued