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‘Strategy 31’ to Continue Despite Ban, Construction

The Moscow government has announced that Triumfalnaya Square – the traditional rallying place of the Russian opposition – will be closed for construction starting in late August. Oppositionists plan to hold their rallies regardless.

Aug 17, 2010 | Continued
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‘Strategy 31’ Organizers Appear to Give Up Limonov (updated)

Russian opposition leaders have appeared to agree to exclude Eduard Limonov from the organizational group of the Strategy 31 freedom of assembly rallies – falling in line with a Kremlin proposal earlier this month.

Jul 25, 2010 | Continued
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Ilyumzhinov’s Game – For the Benefit of the Elites

In a column for, Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky discusses the scandal that has erupted in the battle for the presidency of the World Chess Federation – and why one Kremlin aide has such a stake in the matter.

Jun 9, 2010 | Continued
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Opposition Blogger Cleared of Inciting Hatred Against Police

In an unprecedented decision, Russian blogger Dmitri Soloviev has been cleared of charges of inciting hatred against police after investigators found no evidence that any crime had actually occurred.

Jan 11, 2010 | Continued
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When the News Isn’t Reported

Journalist Vitaly Portnikov comments on the disaster at the Sayano–Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station, relating the media clampdown surrounding the accident. Exclusive translation by

Aug 25, 2009 | Continued
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Who is Mister Medvedev?

Writing for the online newspaper, commentator Irina Pavlova recaps Russian President Dmitri Medvedev’s first year in office, looking at what he has done rather than what he has said. Exclusive translation by

May 28, 2009 | Continued
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What Does the Kremlin Fear?

Journalist Vitaly Portnikov comments on Russia’s new National security strategy, which lays out Russia’s objectives until 2020, and what it shows about Russia’s leadership. Exclusive translation by

May 16, 2009 | Continued
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Finding the Good in Times of Crisis

The online newspaper asked prominent figures within the Russian opposition to search for some good from the current economic crisis, both for the country and themselves personally. Exclusive translation by

Dec 31, 2008 | Continued
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Russian Opposition Websites Shut Down By Attacks

Several Russian opposition news sites are back online after a series of distributed-denial of service (DDoS) attacks overwhelmed their servers.

Dec 25, 2008 | Continued
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Russia’s Thaw Will Come From the People – Piontkovsky

Author and scholar Andrei Piontkovsky, who was charged and later absolved of writing extremist materials, comments on the significance of his case for free speech in Russia. Translation by

Dec 11, 2008 | Continued