In Shadow of Navalny Case, What’s Left of the Russian Opposition?

Russian domestic politics took a flint-hard turn this year and much of the opposition leadership is now in exile or prison.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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‘State Funeral’ Review: Saying Goodbye to Stalin

Sergei Loznitsa’s new found-footage documentary illuminates Soviet life in the immediate aftermath of the dictator’s death.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #funerals-and-memorials, #loznitsa-sergei, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #stalin-joseph, #state-funeral-movie, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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Lawyer for Navalny Is Arrested in Moscow

Ivan Pavlov was defending the opposition leader’s organizations from accusations of extremism.

#anti-corruption-foundation, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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The Arms Merchant in the Sights of Russia’s Elite Assassination Squad

Russian spies have twice tried to poison Emilian Gebrev. Now, revelations in the Czech Republic show they also destroyed shipments of his military supplies.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #babis-andrej, #czech-republic, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #european-union, #moscow-russia, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #salisbury-england, #skripal-sergei-v

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Boeing 777 Makes an Emergency Landing in Moscow After Engine Warning

Pilots diverted to an airport in Moscow after an indicator warned of a possible engine failure on the airplane, a week after engines failed on two other Boeing jets.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-company, #colorado, #general-electric-company, #moscow-russia, #prattwhitney, #russia

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How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia

A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin’s power.

#anti-corruption-foundation, #corruption-institutional, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #meduza-medusa-project-sia, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates

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‘I Am Not Afraid’: With Her Husband in Prison, Eyes Turn to Yulia Navalnaya

After Aleksei Navalny’s sentencing, his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, has been reluctantly thrust into a public spotlight, winning admirers but making her a target of Kremlin propaganda.

#moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #yulia-navalnaya

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Putin Isn’t as Strong as He Looks

For the first time in a long while, the Russian president isn’t holding all the cards.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-russia

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Pictures From Russia Protests

More than 4,000 people were detained, but allies of the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny called Sunday’s demonstrations a success.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Navalny Allies and Offices Targeted in Raids as Kremlin Turns Up Pressure

The authorities appeared to gear up for a new legal strike against the opposition leader after demonstrations last weekend drew tens of thousands to the streets.

#alburov-georgy, #corruption-institutional, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #search-and-seizure, #sobol-lyubov, #zhdanov-ivan-y

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Aleksei Navalny Protests in Russia Are Something Special

Crackdown and coercion are no longer enough to stop people protesting.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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Mass Rallies Sweep Russia in Protests Over Navalny’s Arrest

The protests moved across time zones and more than 3,000 people were arrested in at least 109 cities, signaling widespread fatigue with the corruption-plagued political order presided over by President Vladimir V. Putin.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #irkutsk-russia, #khabarovsk-russia, #levada-center, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #novosibirsk-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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In Washington Riot, Echoes of Post-Soviet Uprisings

In Moscow in 1993, Eastern Ukraine in 2014, and now the U.S. Capitol, there have been a similar dress code and display of banners backing seemingly lost causes.

#donetsk-ukraine, #moscow-russia, #peoples-militia-donetsk-peoples-republic, #putin-vladimir-v, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #yeltsin-boris-n

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Russian Police Arrest a Top Navalny Ally, Lyubov Sobol

The police detained Lyubov Sobol amid a crackdown on activists seeking to draw attention to the nerve-agent poisoning of the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #federal-security-service, #moscow-russia, #poisoning-and-poisons, #russia

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Big Push Into Helium Could Have the World on Russia’s String

It’s not just party balloons. A huge Siberian production plant is expected to reshape the market for a gas that’s essential to many critical industries.

#bureau-of-land-management, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gazprom, #helium, #moscow-russia, #natural-gas, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #refineries, #russia, #siberia

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Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout Hobbled by Public Distrust

Distrust of the government is so widespread that 59 percent of Russians say they have no intention of getting a shot.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Irina Antonova, Grande Dame of Russian Museum World, Dies at 98

During her decades-long reign at Moscow’s main fine arts museum, she provided a window on the outside world for the Soviet people. She died of complications of the coronavirus.

#antonova-irina-a, #art, #deaths-obituaries, #moscow-russia, #museums, #pushkin-museum-of-fine-arts, #russia

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Putin Is Mum on Biden’s Victory, Foreshadowing Tense Years Ahead

Early signs indicate that Russia’s leader is preparing for a deeply adversarial relationship with the next U.S. president.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #moscow-russia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

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Edward Snowden, in Russia Since 2013, Is Granted Permanent Residency

The former intelligence contractor still hopes to return to the United States. But the Russian authorities have given him the right to stay in Russia indefinitely.

#moscow-russia, #national-security-agency, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

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Analyst Who Reported the Infamous Trump Tape Rumor Wants to Clear His Name

The Steele dossier’s main source explained where its most notorious claim came from — and called Republicans’ accusations that he is a Russian agent “slander.”

#danchenko-igor, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #graham-lindsey, #moscow-russia, #presidential-election-of-2016, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #steele-christopher-1964, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Warring Sides in Nagorno-Karabakh Agree to Cease-Fire Talks

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan are coming to Moscow for a Russian-brokered negotiation on a limited truce to exchange prisoners and casualties.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #caucasus-russia, #defense-and-military-forces, #moscow-russia, #nagorno-karabakh, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v

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Russians Were Urged to Return to Normal Life. Except for Putin.

The Russian leader claims to be conquering the pandemic, but he inhabits a virus-free bubble, rarely leaving home. The few people he meets must quarantine first.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #moscow-russia, #peskov-dmitri-s, #putin-vladimir-v, #quarantines, #russia

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Will Navalny’s Poisoning Force Germany to Get Tough on Russia?

The poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny could be a chance for Berlin to take a tougher stance against Moscow. But experts remain skeptical.

#europe, #germany, #merkel-angela, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #russia

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Putin Wants a Truce in Cyberspace — While Denying Russian Interference

With an eye to a possible Biden presidency, the Russian leader called for a “reboot” on information security but offered no concessions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #moscow-russia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Opera Star Anna Netrebko Is Hospitalized With Covid-19

“Everything will be fine!” she said on Instagram, but the news is the latest sign of the challenges singers face returning to work.

#bolshoi-theater, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #moscow-russia, #netrebko-anna, #opera

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As Both Sides Dig In, What’s the Endgame for Belarus?

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko seems set on relentless repression, while protesters think peaceful defiance will win in the end.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #european-union, #kolesnikova-maria, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #united-nations

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A High-Stakes Standoff in Belarus

How the leader frequently called “Europe’s last dictator” won power — and how he plans to hold on to it in the face of mounting protests.

#belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #moscow-russia, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

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Don’t Drink the Tea: Poison Is a Favored Weapon in Russia

Poison has been a preferred tool of the Russian security service for more than a century, and critics of the Kremlin say it remains in the arsenal today.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kara-murza-vladimir-v, #moscow-russia, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #targeted-killings

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Russian Ballet Returned to the Stage. Then a Covid Outbreak Hit.

The Mariinsky Ballet has been ordered to stay home to avoid further spread of the coronavirus. What does this mean for other companies?

#berlin-germany, #bolshoi-ballet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #mariinsky-ballet, #moscow-russia, #st-petersburg-russia, #vaziev-makhar, #xander-parish

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‘Cocktails and Masks Don’t Really Go Together’

Young Russians are partying again, seeking a return to normal life and willing to risk a coronavirus surge. “We are people, not robots, and want to have a life,” said a bar patron (and doctor).

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #moscow-russia, #russia

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Former Marine Sentenced to 9 Years in Russia in Case Criticized as Political

Trevor R. Reed was charged with assaulting and endangering the lives of two police officers in a case that some have likened to that of another former U.S. Marine in Russia.

#federal-security-service, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #russia, #united-states, #whelan-paul-n

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Senate Report: Opaque Art Market Helped Oligarchs Evade Sanctions

Congressional investigators said companies tied to two Russians under sanctions were able to buy art using shell companies and an intermediary.

#art, #auctions, #baltser-grigory, #baltzer-llc, #christies, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #highland-ventures-ltd, #money-laundering, #moscow-russia, #new-york-state, #portman-rob, #putin-vladimir-v, #rotenberg-arkady-r-1951, #rotenberg-boris-1957, #senate, #senate-permanent-subcommittee-on-investigations, #sothebys, #steamort-ltd, #united-states-politics-and-government

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That Almost Apology for the 1980 Olympic Boycott Helps. A Little.

In the past 40 years, the would-be Olympians of the summer of 1980 have heard a lot of words, but not a full-throated mea culpa for a boycott that accomplished very little.

#carter-jimmy, #hirshland-sarah, #international-olympic-committee, #moscow-russia, #olympic-games-1980, #united-states-olympic-and-paralympic-committee

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Protests Rock Russian Far East With Calls for Putin to Resign

Tens of thousands took to the streets in Russia’s usually somnolent hinterland after the arrest of a popular regional governor.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #furgal-sergei-i, #khabarovsk-krai-russia, #liberal-democratic-party-russia, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #term-limits-political-office, #zhirinovsky-vladimir-v

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In Russia, They Tore Down Lots of Statues, but Little Changed

“Waging war on bronze men doesn’t make your life any more moral or just,” one observer noted. “It does nothing really.”

#columbus-christopher, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #donetsk-ukraine, #dzerzhinsky-felix-eduardovich, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #georgia-georgian-republic, #kalashnikov-mikhail-t, #kgb, #khrushchev-nikita-s, #kyiv-ukraine, #lenin-vladimir, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #stalin-joseph

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Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming

Russia’s grievances against what it sees as American bullying and expansion into its own zones of influence have been stacking up for decades.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #central-intelligence-agency, #gru-russia, #kabul-afghanistan, #kgb, #moscow-russia, #obama-barack, #putin-vladimir-v, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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Decades-Old Soviet Studies Hint at Coronavirus Strategy

A married pair of virologists in Moscow tested a vaccine on their own children in the 1950s. Now, a side effect they found is sparking new hope for a defense against the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #gallo-robert-c, #immune-system, #institute-of-human-virology, #moscow-russia, #poliomyelitis, #russian-academy-of-sciences, #science-journal, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Hit Hard by Coronavirus, Russia Holds a Mostly Mask-Free Victory Parade

Tens of thousands turned out for the delayed annual celebration of Russia’s defeat of Nazi Germany but few, including veterans in their 80s and 90s, took precautions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hitler-adolf, #kaliningrad-russia, #kamchatka-peninsula-russia, #moscow-russia, #parades, #putin-vladimir-v, #red-army-soviet-union, #red-square-moscow, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Russians Eat Burgers in Gloves. Should Everyone?

Status-conscious fast-food joints across Eastern Europe have offered their diners disposable gloves for years. The idea may find a wider audience in the pandemic era.

#brighton-beach-brooklyn-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hamburgers, #kadyrov-ramzan, #kyiv-ukraine, #mcdonalds-corporation, #moscow-russia, #north-carolina-state-university, #prague-czech-republic

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For Migrants in Russia, Virus Means No Money to Live and No Way to Leave

The coronavirus has highlighted migrants’ inferior status in Russia. With no jobs, and sometimes no health care, many want to go home — but find they can’t.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #moscow-russia, #russia, #visas

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Russians Are Angry, but Putin’s Foes Struggle to Seize the Moment

The main opposition leader, Aleksei A. Navalny, has seen his YouTube audience triple during the coronavirus crisis. But street protest, his most potent weapon, is off the table.

#anti-corruption-foundation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #polls-and-public-opinion, #putin-vladimir-v, #yekaterinburg-russia

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Germany Wants E.U. to Sanction Head of Russian Military Intelligence

Berlin plans to invoke a new European sanctions mechanism to target a hacker who orchestrated a cyberattack on the German Parliament — and the head of Russian intelligence himself.

#berlin-germany, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #europe, #germany, #gru-russia, #merkel-angela, #moscow-russia, #russia

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As Coronavirus Overruns Russia, Doctors Are Dying on the Front Lines

Facing dire shortages of protective gear and amid fears that the worst is yet to come, more than 180 medical workers are reported to have fallen victim so far and thousands have been infected.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #hospitals, #moscow-russia, #nursing-and-nurses, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #st-petersburg-russia

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A Coronavirus Mystery Explained: Moscow Has 1,700 Extra Deaths

Russia’s government has boasted of a low coronavirus mortality rate, but figures from an obscure city agency cast doubt on those claims.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #moscow-russia

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Russia Was Ready to Celebrate a Glorious Past. The Present Intervened.

As the coronavirus began its inexorable march across the country’s 11 time zones, it robbed the capital of lives, and also its chance to come together over a shared victory.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #red-army-soviet-union, #shutdowns-institutional, #sobyanin-sergei-s, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #yeltsin-boris-n

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As Local Health Systems Buckle, Russia’s Oligarchs Take Charge

The growing role of business tycoons in the fight against the coronavirus highlights the weaknesses of the state apparatus built by President Vladimir V. Putin.

#alfa-group-consortium, #cherepovets-russia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deripaska-oleg-v, #fridman-mikhail-m, #moscow-russia, #norilsk-russia, #oligarchs, #putin-vladimir-v, #timchenko-gennady-n

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Putin’s Bleak Covid-19 Admission: ‘We Don’t Have Much to Brag About’

Russia’s president acknowledged that his country risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #medical-devices, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sobyanin-sergei-s

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Russia Gets Its Disneyland, a Cold War Dream Come True

Developers are banking on attracting Moscow’s rising middle class. “But will they sell emotions, like Disneyland?” a mother of two girls asks.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #cold-war-era, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #dream-island, #khrushchev-nikita-s, #moscow-russia, #mutsoev-amiran, #russia

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Operation Infektion: A three-part video series on Russian disinformation

Russian Disinformation: From Cold War to Kanye

#cold-war-era, #documentary-films-and-programs, #kgb, #moscow-russia, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia

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