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Communist Party Defends ‘Bourgeois Democracy’ From United Russia Bill

Communist Party deputies in the Russian State Duma are contesting a measure that would allow Russia to ignore decisions handed down against it by the European Court of Human Rights.

Jul 1, 2011 | Continued
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Opposition Leaders Plan Mass Protest Following Registration Denial

Leaders of the People’s Freedom Party, which was denied registration by Russian authorities this week, say they are planning a large-scale protest to united opposition forces against the political monopoly currently ruling Russia.

Jun 23, 2011 | Continued
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Putin’s Address Suggests Presidential Run, Analysts Say

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave his annual address to the State Duma on Wednesday, in what analysts say looks more like a political programme for the upcoming presidential elections than anything else.

Apr 20, 2011 | Continued
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Rise in Electoral Violations Indicates Weak Ruling Party

Electoral monitors reported a sharp rise in electoral violations in Russia’s regional elections over the weekend, which analysts link to a general fall in United Russia’s ratings.

Mar 14, 2011 | Continued
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Medvedev Contrasts Putin in Year-End Interview

Dmitri Medvedev discussed the role of the opposition, the quality of Russian television, the second case against Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and a host of other issues in a televised year-end interview.

Dec 26, 2010 | Continued
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Putin Insists Russia Has ‘Competitive Political Environment’

Weeks after Russian President Dmitri Medvedev made a point in saying that Russia lacked political competition, the prime minister has stepped in to insist that such competition is, in fact, alive and well.

Dec 6, 2010 | Continued
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Duma Passes Revised Bill Restricting Protests

Legislators have passed a new version of a law vetoed earlier in the month by the president that toughens legislation on public demonstrations.

Nov 26, 2010 | Continued
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Medvedev Cites ‘Stagnation’ in Russian Politics

The Russian president says that a lack of political competition is causing signs of stagnation in the country, but that the government is working to make improvements; oppositionists called the address “the theater of the absurd.”

Nov 25, 2010 | Continued
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Veto on Rally Amendment ‘Surprising’ and ‘Cowardly’

The Russian president has vetoed a measure that would have hindered citizens’ right to free assembly, shocking both his supporters and opponents.

Nov 8, 2010 | Continued
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Solidarity May Join New Opposition Coalition

Solidarity co-founder Garry Kasparov said that the movement may join with the newly-formed coalition For Russia Without Tyranny or Corruption, but no definitive decision will be made until the end of the year.

Oct 4, 2010 | Continued