Watching Russia

Attacks on Russian Journalists Indicate Return to Soviet Practices, New Forms of Repression in the Internet Age

October 4, 2016

What Has Kadyrov Been Up To? Quietly Cultivating Regional and Kremlin Officials; Now a Meeting with Putin

August 26, 2016

It’s been many weeks since Ramzan Kadyrov, acting president of the Chechen Republic, has been in the news. Now late tonight after months of quietly rallying his own troops and cultivating regional and lower-level Kremlin officials, he has obtained an audience with President Vladimir Putin himself,

Does It Matter If the Russian Opposition Stays United?

April 27, 2016

The Russian liberal opposition Democratic Coalition fell apart yesterday as anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny and Vladimir Milov, former deputy energy ministe broke ranks with former finance minister Mikhail Kasyanov and his colleagues in Parnas. Behind their differences, however was the relentless pressure, organizing restrictions and privacy-busting of Putin’s intelligence service – factors that won’t go away even if people paper over differences.

Will the Russian Opposition Make it to the September Parliamentary Elections?

April 22, 2016

The Russian opposition made their first test of the upcoming fall elections in Barvikha, a prestigious suburb of Moscow where top Russian officials have their homes. When they uncovered obvious fraud there, they felt that Ella Pamfilova, the new head of the Central Elections Commission proposed by President Vladimir Putin