Google Blocks More Anti-Kremlin Content as Vote in Russia Winds Down

The search giant agreed to Moscow’s requests to restrict access to online videos and documents being used by allies of the imprisoned opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, activists said.

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How Putin’s Propaganda System Keeps Him in Power

The Kremlin’s propaganda system, lurid and spurious, is central to the president’s power. 

#elections, #media, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Google and Apple Remove App Aimed at Spurring Protest Voting in Russia

The app, from the Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, vanished from online stores as polls opened in the parliamentary election it was designed to sway.

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How Russian Officials ‘Manage’ Elections With Deceitful Tactics

The Russian authorities have used a variety of deceitful tactics to try to manufacture a big victory in parliamentary elections this weekend. Here’s how they do it.

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As Russians Vote, Resignation, Anger and Fear of a Post-Putin Unknown

Many in Russia say they are fed up with corruption, stagnant wages and rising prices. But they worry, as one man said, that “if things start to change, there will be blood.”

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Could Navalny’s ‘Smart Voting’ Strategy Shake Up Russia’s Election?

Five of the opposition leader’s exiled allies are engineering an election campaign that they hope will put dozens of Kremlin opponents into Parliament.

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Exile or Jail: The Grim Choice Facing Russian Opposition Leaders

Experts say the current exodus of journalists and dissidents is the biggest wave of political emigration in the country’s post-Soviet history.

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Aleksei Navalny in His Own Words

Aleksei A. Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, lays out his case — by turns funny, sarcastic and ironic — for the inevitability of democracy in his country.

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In First Interview From Jail, an Upbeat Navalny Discusses Prison Life

Russian political prisoners today are subjected to “psychological” pressure, said the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, who is forced to watch state TV for more than eight hours a day.

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U.S. Preparing More Sanctions Against Russia, Sullivan Says

The national security adviser raised the issue of more penalties in the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny days after President Biden met with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

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Russia’s Pro-Putin Commentators Praise Biden After Summit

Cooler heads say President Biden skillfully laid the groundwork for what he can, and cannot, reasonably expect to gain from the Kremlin.

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We’ve Come a Long Way Since Trump. Putin Is Still Winning.

The overriding U.S. foreign policy aim must be to prevent an existential confrontation with Russia.

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Biden and Putin Are Meeting. Here’s How to Make Progress.

They must manage a relationship that has gone sour so things don’t get worse, and figure out how to cooperate where they need to.

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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.

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With a Ban on Navalny’s Group, Putin Sends Clear Message to Biden

The move, just a week before their summit, will likely push the Russian opposition further underground and was a signal that the country’s domestic affairs are not up for discussion.

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Navalny’s Lawyer Finds Himself a Target of Putin’s Crackdown

For years, Ivan Pavlov jousted with Russia’s “leviathan” security state. Now, as the lawyer for the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, he is in danger of being swallowed by it.

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Every Belarusian Journalist I Know Is in Jail or Exile

What’s happening in Belarus could easily soon happen in Russia.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #media, #minsk-belarus, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #protasevich-roman, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

How Online Sleuths Pantsed Putin

Bellingcat’s founder, Eliot Higgins, on the ethics of open source investigations and what separates his organization from online vigilantes.

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Kremlin Escalates Fight With U.S.-Funded Journalists, Officials Say

The fight over the future of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has significant implications for press freedom across Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #radio-free-europe-radio-liberty, #rt-tv-network, #russia, #state-department, #united-states-agency-for-global-media, #united-states-international-relations, #voice-of-america

Lawyer for Navalny Is Arrested in Moscow

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

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Navalny’s Group Is Disbanding Its Network in Russia

As the imprisoned opposition leader made his first public appearance since going on a hunger strike, his associates said Kremlin pressure has become crushing.

#navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Navalny’s Group Is Shutting all Its Offices in Russia

Associates of the imprisoned opposition leader say they had no choice, given the Kremlin’s latest move to stifle political dissent.

#navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Aleksei Navalny Is Russia’s True Leader

Brave, proud and unbroken, he is standing up to an inhumane system.

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With Navalny in Prison, Russia Turns to Thwarting His Movement

Prosecutors have banned the opposition leader’s political groups from carrying out any public activity.

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After Testing the World’s Limits, Putin Steps Back From the Brink

The Russian president pulled back troops from Ukraine’s border and relented on medical treatment for his nemesis Aleksei A. Navalny, after a performance blending fear and force to affirm his power.

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Aleksei Navalny, Putin’s Nemesis, Ends Hunger Strike

The imprisoned opposition leader said he was responding to calls from his doctors and a belief that he had accomplished at least some of his goals.

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Aleksei Navalny, Russian Opposition Leader, Ends Hunger Strike

The imprisoned opposition leader said he was responding to calls from his doctors and a belief that he had accomplished at least some of his goals.

#hunger-strikes, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russia

Putin’s Tough Talk

Russian troops massed on the border of Ukraine, a dissident gravely ill, new sanctions. What’s it all mean?

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Putin Warns of a Russian ‘Red Line’ the West Will Regret Crossing

In a state-of-the nation speech, President Vladimir Putin warned of a “fast and tough” response to security threats, in a message seemingly aimed at President Biden and delivered amid large protests.

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Aleksei Navalny Is Transferred to Hospital After Long Hunger Strike

The imprisoned Russian opposition leader was moved for what the authorities described as vitamin treatment. The U.S. has warned of “consequences” should he die.

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Aleksei Navalny Should Be in Intensive Care, His Doctors Say

Doctors said recent blood tests indicated that the Russian opposition leader, who is nearly three weeks into a hunger strike, was at risk of heart failure and “could die at any moment.”

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Aleksei Navalny Needs His Doctors

Vladimir Putin may be able to save his nemesis’s life. He must.

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As Navalny’s Health Declines, Doctors Are Arrested in Russia

Aleksei A. Navalny, the jailed Russian opposition leader who is nearly a week into a hunger strike at a penal colony, showed signs of respiratory illness, prison doctors said.

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Russian Ex-Con of U.S. Penal System Meets, Taunts Imprisoned Navalny

The meeting between Maria Butina and Aleksei A. Navalny came after the Russian opposition leader had declared a hunger strike to demand access to a doctor because of deteriorating health.

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Navalny Declares a Hunger Strike in Prison Over Medical Care

Aleksei A. Navalny, one of Russia’s most prominent opposition leaders, said he would not end the strike until he receives proper medical treatment and asked to see a doctor of his choice.

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Navalny’s Health Is Deteriorating in Prison, His Lawyers Say

Aleksei A. Navalny, a Russian opposition leader who survived a poisoning last year, has numbness in one leg so severe that he cannot put weight on it.

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Russia Erupts in Fury Over Biden’s Calling Putin a Killer

The Kremlin described the U.S. president’s response to an interview question as “very bad,” and recalled its ambassador to “analyze what needs to be done” about the countries’ relations.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states-international-relations

Navalny Greets Supporters From Prison: ‘Our Friendly Concentration Camp.’

In an Instagram post, the Russian opposition leader says he is well and has not been subject to violence, but described a dystopian existence in the prison camp where he will likely spend the next two years.

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Russia Says It Is Slowing Access to Twitter

Moscow accused the social network of failing to remove content it deemed illegal. Soon after, a raft of government websites suffered a short outage.

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Biden Administration Announces First Sanctions on Russia in Navalny Case

The action came as the administration declassified an intelligence finding that the F.S.B., one of Russia’s leading intelligence agencies, was responsible for the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny.

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U.S. Accuses Russian Intelligence of Poisoning Navalny

The Biden administration announced its first sanctions against the Russian government for the attack and the imprisonment of Aleksei A. Navalny.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-security-service, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

‘Your Personality Deforms’: Navalny Sent to Notoriously Harsh Prison

Convicts in the isolation unit at Penal Colony No. 2 are forced to stand for hours with their hands clasped behind their backs, forbidden to make eye contact with the guards.

#european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #russia, #united-nations

Will Anything Stop Putin’s Pet Project?

Nord Stream 2, a direct pipeline from Russia to Germany, isn’t going away. Neither is the clamor to cancel it.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #energy-and-power, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #pipelines, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states

Looking for Something New in Russia’s ‘New People’ Party

Critics see an old trick, a phony opposition group blessed by the Kremlin as an alternative to the movement spawned by Aleksei A. Navalny.

#corruption-institutional, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #surkov-vladislav-y

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.

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Russian Court Ruling Clears the Way to Send Navalny to a Penal Colony

The fate of Aleksei Navalny, the most vocal opponent of President Vladimir V. Putin, remains unclear, however. He could be held in a high-security prison in Moscow for other pending legal matters.

#navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #russia, #sentences-criminal

Biden’s Plan to Link Arms With Europe Against Russia and China Isn’t So Simple

The new president’s vow to restore the trans-Atlantic alliance is welcome, but Europeans want a more balanced relationship, with more dialogue and less diktat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-parliament, #gazprom, #international-relations, #johnson-boris, #lavrov-sergey-v, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #munich-germany, #national-security-council, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nord-stream-ag, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #pipelines, #united-states-international-relations

A Life in Opposition: Navalny’s Path From Gadfly to Heroic Symbol

Even as a boy, the Russian opposition leader resisted authority. Now, he poses a growing threat to the country’s ultimate authority, President Vladimir V. Putin.

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Aleksei Navalny Supporters Wear Red

People are posting pictures of themselves in crimson on social media to show their support of Aleksei A. Navalny and his family.

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Illegal Walkie-Talkies and Other ‘Crimes’ in Authoritarian Societies

The most obscure or innocuous-sounding offenses can take on new meaning in justice systems used by autocrats for their own ends.

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