In Russia Election Results, Online Votes Sweep Putin Opponents Aside

The official tally gave a strong parliamentary majority to President Vladimir V. Putin’s United Russia party. Opposition leaders cried foul, pointing to earlier signs of gains.

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‘Hotel Rwanda’ Dissident Is Found Guilty of Forming a Terrorist Group

The trial of Paul Rusesabagina, whose story was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated movie, drew widespread attention and international condemnation.

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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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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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Sri Lankan Minister Accused of Abusing Political Prisoners Resigns

Claims that the minister in charge of prison affairs had barged into jail while drunk and forced Tamil inmates to kneel at gunpoint come amid U.N. discussions on the country’s human rights record.

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Latest Threat to Hong Kong’s National Security: Chocolates in Prison

Officials have suggested that imprisoned pro-democracy activists are using sweets and other items to “solicit followers” behind bars.

#chocolate, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #political-prisoners

Belarus Opposition Leader Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

The convictions of Maria Kolesnikova, a fierce opponent of President Aleksandr Lukashenko, and a colleague are part of a crackdown on dissent following a disputed election last year.

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‘Everyone Is on the List’: Fear Grips Nicaragua as It Veers to Dictatorship

A crackdown on opposition by President Daniel Ortega leaves Nicaraguans to wonder: Who is next?

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Mikis Theodorakis, Greek Composer and Marxist Rebel, Dies at 96

He waged a war of words and music against a military junta that banned his work and imprisoned him during its rule of Greece, from 1967 to 1974.

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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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Zhang Zhan, Chinese Citizen Journalist, Is Ailing From Hunger Strike

Zhang Zhan was sentenced to four years for videos about failures in handling the virus. She now weighs less than 90 pounds, her former lawyer says.

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Hong Kong Philosopher Taught Life’s Meaning. Now He Visits Students in Jail.

Chow Po Chung pushed his students to participate in public affairs — idealism that he worries could cost them their freedom.

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Royal Drama Unfolds in Court, but a Prince at the Center of It Is Absent

Two prominent figures are on trial in Jordan accused of plotting to destabilize the kingdom. One is an adviser to Saudi Arabia’s leader, and the Saudis have been trying to disrupt the trial.

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Belarus Transfers Opposition Figure to House Arrest

The Belarusian authorities released Roman Protasevich and his Russian girlfriend, Sofia Sapega, from prison after the E.U. imposed stiff sanctions.

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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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U.N. General Assembly Demands Myanmar Junta End Coup and Stop the Killings

A resolution adopted Friday by the General Assembly is the most widespread condemnation yet of the Feb. 1 coup, a sharp diplomatic slap that contradicted the junta’s claim it has not been isolated.

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Iran Activists Urge Election Boycott. Raisi Likely Winner.

Low turnout would signal a rejection of the election. But not voting gives the regime a near-certain assurance that their candidate is victorious.

#boycotts, #elections, #guardian-council-iran, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #khamenei-ali, #political-prisoners, #social-media

The Biden-Putin Meeting: ‘This Is Not About Trust’

Bret Stephens, Emma Ashford and Stephen Sestanovich discuss and debate the first meeting of Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.

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Roman Protasevich, Jailed Belarusian Activist, Claims to Have Renounced His Views

Roman Protasevich, who recently compared the country’s autocratic leader to Hitler, is not the first dissident to renounce his views after spending time in a Belarus prison.

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‘It’s All Ruined’: Young Woman Caught Up in Belarus Clampdown

Sofia Sapega looked forward to finishing law school and was not particularly political, friends said. But in Belarus, having a relationship with a dissident can now mean jail.

#belarus, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman, #sapega-sofia

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

In Nicaragua, Repression Deepens as More Opposition Leaders Are Detained

With a stunning wave of arrests of political opponents and civil society leaders, President Daniel Ortega will practically be unopposed in November elections.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

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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As Dictators Target Citizens Abroad, Few Safe Spaces Remain

For émigrés and exiles, pressure on families back home, social media intimidation, even kidnapping, have become a regular part of life.

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Televised Confession of Detained Belarus Activist Was Coerced, Family Says

Roman Protasevich, an activist who was detained when his commercial flight was diverted to Belarus, appeared in a video that aired on state television confessing to organizing illegal rallies. His family says the comments were made under duress.

#belarus, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #protasevich-roman, #state-security-committee-kgb-belarus

Anti-Government Activist in Belarus Stabs Himself in Courtroom

Before his apparent suicide attempt, Stepan Latypov said he had been tortured and his family threatened, amid President Alexander G. Lukashenko’s efforts to stifle dissent.

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Iran Will Try French Citizen on Spying Charges

Benjamin Brière stands accused of flying a drone and taking photographs in a prohibited area. His lawyer said Iran would put him on trial for espionage, which can carry the death penalty.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #france, #iran, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government

Where Myanmar Sends Its Political Prisoners

For 134 years, Insein Prison has stood as a monument to brutality. Since the Feb. 1 coup, journalists, elected leaders and pro-democracy protesters have been held in the aging facility.

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Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Activists Face Jail and Cynicism

Hundreds of protesters, many students or college-educated, face potentially stiff sentences after Beijing’s crackdown. Those behind bars already battle isolation and disillusionment.

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The Saga of Ryanair Flight 4978

Why did the leader of Belarus force a commercial airplane to land? Who was he after? And what might happen next?

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What’s Happening in Belarus? Here Are the Basics.

For those trying to catch up on the “state hijacking” of an airplane, the arrest of a dissident and what preceded it.

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Poets in Myanmar Are Killed After the Coup

More than 30 poets have been imprisoned since the military seized power in Myanmar, a country where politics and poetry are intimately connected.

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China to Try Australian on Spy Charge, Adding to Diplomatic Tensions

The businessman-writer Yang Hengjun will face trial in Beijing next week, at a time when Australia and China have fallen out over detentions, accusations of political interference and the investigation of journalists.

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Hong Kong Pushes ‘Fake News’ Label as Media Face ‘Worst of Times’

The police distributed a magazine denouncing “rumors and lies,” and have warned news outlets against undermining national security.

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Criminal or Martyr? A Prisoner Poses a Political Dilemma For Spain

A Catalan separatist leader, Jordi Cuixart, is serving a nine-year prison sentence for supporting a failed independence bid in his Spanish region. His supporters say he should not be in prison at all.

#catalonia-spain, #cuixart-jordi, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #treason-and-sedition

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.

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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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Myanmar Coup Leader Arrives in Indonesia for Asean Summit

Critics feared that Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing’s presence at the meeting in Indonesia would give his regime the appearance of legitimacy.

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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

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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