The Morning Vertical, June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016

ON MY MIND In the run-up to the 2011 State Duma elections, opposition leader Aleksei Navalny effectively branded the ruling United Russia as “the party of swindlers and thieves.” This week, police and prosecutors in Spain have shown that the label is probably even more appropriate than anybody suspected. Six Russian citizens have been detained […]

The Briefing: A Nation Of Suspects And Informants

On its last day of work, the outgoing State Duma passed one of its most draconian pieces of legislation to date: a controversial antiterrorism bill that effectively turns Russia into a nation of suspected criminals. On this week’s Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss the bill with Pavel Butorin, managing editor of RFE/RL’s Russian-language television program Current […]

The Morning Vertical, June 27, 2016

ON MY MIND It’s ironic that the Kremlin is celebrating the results of the Brexit referendum when no similar vote could ever take place in Russia. And even if one did, and if Russians voted — as the British just did — for something the elite opposed, the results would be falsified beyond recognition. So […]