Russia Update: Polls Open in Kostroma Region, Where Opposition is Hopeful, and Observing Closely

September 13, 2015
Sergei Mendeleyev, a Moscow deputy who says he was portrayed out of context by an NTV propaganda show, and that claims that he was "arrested with 2 million rubles for radical youth" were false. He is currently free in Moscow. Screen grab from NTV.

The polls in Russia’s local elections have already opened in the Far East, and the Kremlin’s dirty tricks against the opposition have already begun, with a contrived report about “the detention of Open Russia activists with 2 million rubles” which has turned out to be untrue.

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.

Special features:

‘I Was on Active Duty’: Interview with Captured GRU Officer Aleksandrov
Meet The Russian Fighters Building A Base Between Mariupol And Donetsk
‘There Was No Buk in Our Field’
With Cash and Conspiracy Theories, Russian Orthodox Philanthropist Malofeyev is Useful to the Kremlin

UPDATES BELOW