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Will Obama stand up against Putin’s abuses?

In an opinion editorial in The Washington Post David J. Kramer, the president of Freedom House, says that US officials say they are figuring out ways to quietly convey messages to Russian President...

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A Pyrrhic Victor Over USAID

In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times political analyst Georgy Bovt says that without USAID, the Kremlin will be able to slow down, or even stop, the development of many important civil-society...

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Lebedev will not get justice - but Russians don't care

In an opinion editorial in The Times former British Ambassador to Moscow Sir Tony Brenton says that Alexander Lebedev will not get justice - but Russians don't care. The Russian people are only too...

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Gay Milk and Sacrilegious Knees

Writer and journalist Victor Davidoff comments in an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times that Pussy Riot deserves a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. No other group anywhere in the world...

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The EU should take a harder line on Russia's democratic deficit

In an opinion editorial in The Guardian Tony Brenton, former British ambassador to Russia, says that European leaders should follow Germany's lead and collectively tackle Russia on its governance and...

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Why the Magnitsky Act Is Pro-Russian

In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times writer and journalist Victor Davidoff says the Magnitsky Act is pro-Russian due to the real dilemma it poses the country's leaders. Monday, December 10, 2012...

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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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