Tag: Oleg Kashin

Russia Update: Suspect in Assault of Kashin Claims to Have Audio Tape Incriminating Turchak

October 1, 2015

A suspect in the case of the brutal beating of journalist Oleg Kashin in 2010 has said he can provide testimony proving that Governor Andrei Turchak of the Pskov Region ordered the assault. 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 […]

Russia Update: Kashin Releases Names of Suspects in His 2010 Beating

September 12, 2015

Prominent Russian blogger Oleg Kashin at long last was able to identify by name the suspects in the brutal 2010 attack on him. But the likely organizer of the attack has now been released. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign […]

Russia Update: Nationalist Claims FSB Jailed Him When He Refused to Commit Terrorism in Ukraine

March 30, 2015

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. Imprisoned Russian nationalist Aleksandr Belov (Potkin) says the FSB is persecuting him because he refused to collaborate with them to commit corporate raids and terrorist acts […]

‘Kadyrov is Becoming the Beria of Today,’ Kashin Says

March 11, 2015

Staunton, March 11 — Ramzan Kadyrov has said he is prepared to give his life for Vladimir Putin, but the larger and more immediate question now, Oleg Kashin argues, is ‘where is the guarantee that Kadyrov’s men will not kill” the Russian president or others in his entourage so that the ambitious Chechen leader can […]

Alexey Navalny On the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

March 3, 2015

Alexey Navalny, the opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger, has posted a piece on his blog about the murder of Boris Nemtsov, his fellow coordinator of protest marches and other projects challenging the Putin regime. He was unable to attend his colleague’s funeral today because authorities wouldn’t give him leave from serving a 15-day jail sentence […]

Putinism a Cult With the Pluses and Minuses Thereof, Krasheninnikov Says

November 24, 2014

Staunton, November 24 – Putinism is “a pseudo-religious and quasi-political cult” which has arisen over the course of the last year and which has “consolidated society around Putin,” including many who were at the level of political ideas opposed to the Kremlin leader, according to Fedor Krasheninnikov. The Yekaterinburg political commentator argues in an essay […]

Duma Deputies Want to Block Media Outlets from Doing Stories Outside Their Stated Purpose

October 3, 2014

Staunton, October 2 – There are many ways to destroy media freedom, but members of the Russian Duma have come up with a new one that may prove far more insidious than anyone may now imagine: They are calling for legislation that would preclude media outlets from carrying stories about subjects not defined as part […]

Is Colonel Strelkov Making a Comeback or Has He Been Tamed?

September 13, 2014

On 14 August, the popular and enigmatic Col. Igor Strelkov resigned from his position of “Defense Minister” and “Commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic Militia” after reports that he was wounded. He then disappeared for weeks, and was rumored to be in Sevastopol, in a rest home. When he surfaced yesterday September 11 for a […]

Is Strelkov the Ernst Rohm of Putin’s Russia?

September 12, 2014

Staunton, September 10 – Igor Strelkov, the former defense minister of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk Peoples Republic” and the ideological hero of many Russian nationalists, has called for the formation of an alliance between the left and the right to oppose a Maidan-style revolution to overthrow Vladimir Putin and promote democracy in the Russian Federation. His […]