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Vladimir Putin goes back to the USSR

An article in The Times by foreign correspondent Roger Boyes comments that President Vladimir Putin has announced a raft of new measures to shake up Russia that are a recycling of Soviet-era ideas. The...

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Backtracking in Russia

In an opinion editorial in The New York Times, human rights veteran Lyudmila Alexeyeva, chairwoman of the Moscow Helsinki Group, comments that Russia has developed an amazing, vibrant civil society,...

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The Worse, the Better

The International Herald Tribune publishes a blog post by journalist and author Masha Gessen in which she says that she has always believed in an old dissident adage, that “the worse, the better:” the...

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A Magnitsky law for Europe

An editorial in The Financial Times argues that the US Magnitsky law is a pro-Russian, not anti-Russian, act. Indeed, it targets specific officials accused of stealing from the Russian budget. The...

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Russian children: Pawns in Putin’s power play

The Washington Post publishes an opinion editorial by David J. Kramer and Arch Puddington, president and vice president of research respectively at Freedom House, which points out that the new adoption...

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Herod’s law

The Economist says that Russian civil society is outraged by a law that bans Russian orphans from being adopted by American families. Having acquired considerable wealth and freedom of movement,...

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Russia Goes From Fake Democracy to Faux Dictatorship

A Bloomberg commentary piece by editor and novelist Leonid Bershidsky says that Russia is going from fake democracy to faux dictatorship. Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Human Rights Kremlin

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Why Magnitsky matters, even to hard-headed investors

A blog post in The Financial Times by emerging markets editor Stefan Wagstyl argues that the posthumous trial of late whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky matters, even to hard-headed investors. Although...

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The enemy within

An article in The Economist says there is something grimly instructive about Sergei Magnitsky’s story. In a stark, almost cartoonish way, it has demonstrated that Russia is run for the benefit of a...

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What the Alexei Navalny Case Says About Life in Putin's Russia

An article in The Atlantic by foreign affairs commentator Michael Weiss argues that the case against opposition leader Alexei Navalny is an example of how President Vladimir Putin's Russia is not a...

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Russia needs Obama to stand up to Putin's repression

An article in The Washington Post by David J. Kramer, President of Freedom House, suggests that Russia needs US President Barack Obama to stand up to President Vladimir Putin's repression. Friday,...

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Bolotnaya Farce

The Moscow Times publishes an opinion editorial by Boris Kagarlitsky, Director of the Institute of Globalisation Studies, writing that the number of political prisoners related to the "Bolotnoye...

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The Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Pussy Riot prison releases reveal the dilemma of...

In an article in The Independent, the chair of the Russia Foundation, David Clark, analyses the motivations behind President Vladimir Putin’s decision to release Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He argues that it...

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Khodorkovsky's clemency leaves Putin-watchers speculating

An article on the ‘Echo Chambers’ section of the BBC News website by editor, Anthony Zurcher, reports that Mikhail Khodorkovsky's release is leaving Putin-watchers speculating about the reasons for his...

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The 5 Biggest Events That Shaped Putin's 2013

An opinion editorial in The Moscow Times by opinion page editor Michael Bohm outlines the 5 biggest events that shaped President Vladimir Putin's 2013; the year of the ban; the anti-American campaign...

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