Just an hour and a half before she was murdered, Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya gave her last interview to the regional news site Caucasian Knot, describing corruption under Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
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,
In recent weeks, public figures from both the Russian opposition as well as the Russia state and pro-Kremlin media have been attacked by hackers who spilled their private communications out to social media or paralyzed their sites. Who are the hackers and how are they able to gain access?
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.
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