Category: The Bell

Cossacks Take Over Guarding District Courts in Moscow

January 25, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: All 34 district courts in Moscow have been taken under guard by Kazachya Strazha [Cossack Guard], Ltd, a security company founded in 2014 by the Central Cossacks Host Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The […]

Day 705: 1 Ukrainian Soldier Killed, 1 Wounded in the Donbass

January 23, 2016

One Ukrainian soldier was killed today when he triggered a tripwire, and another soldier was wounded in combat. Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. For links to individual updates click on the […]

A Million Rally in Support of Chechen Leader Kadyrov, Protesting Against Russian Opposition and West

January 22, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: About a million people rallied in Grozny in support of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, calling the Russian opposition “traitors.” Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. Recent Translations: –The Non-Hybrid War […]

Ruble Falls to New Low at 81 to US Dollar; Putin Finds ‘Opportunity’ for Russian Business

January 20, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: The ruble fell in value on the Moscow stock market to 81 to the US dollar today, a new historical low not seen since the ruble crash in 1998. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. […]

Civic Chamber Proposes Banning Workers from Personal Internet Use At Work; Activists Expect Crackdown

January 19, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Russia’s Civic Chamber has proposed that employers should ban employees from using the Internet for personal purposes during work, yet another action to restrict the Russian Internet. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous […]

Ukraine Live Day 698: Russian-Backed Snipers Shoot at OSCE Observers Car

January 17, 2016

Russian-backed snipers shot at the car of a OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) patrol today near the line of contact at Marinka, the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] reported on their Facebook page. Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making […]

Kadyrov Calls Opposition ‘Traitors’ To Be Arrested; Krasnoyarsk Deputy Denounces Him, Then Apologizes

January 15, 2016

A major topic of Russian social media in recent days has been the high-profile attack by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on the liberal opposition of Russia; a denunciation of Kadyrov by a politician in Krasnoyarsk Territory; and then his very public apology and Kadyrov’s gloating over it. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we […]

Criminal Case Against Oligarch Yevtushenkov Dropped; He Decides Not to Seek Compensation

January 14, 2016

The criminal case against Vladimir Yevtushenkov, chairman of the board of AFK Sistema, regarding his acquisition of the Bashneft oil company and other fuel companies of Bashkortostan has been dropped Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The […]

Prominent Putin Critic Vladimimr Pribylovsky, Co-Author of The Corporation, Found Dead in Moscow

January 13, 2016

Vladimir Pribylovsky, an independent historian and political commentator and co-author with Yuri Felshtinsky of The Corporation: Russia and the KGB in the Age of President Putin, was found dead in his apartment today by his son, Mikhail Pribylovsky. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including […]

Ruble Falls to 77 to $1, As Brent Crude Falls Below $31

January 12, 2016

Live Updates: The ruble fell to 77 to one US dollar today, the lowest in a year, tied to the fall in the price of Brent crude below $31 for the first time since 2004. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s […]