Tag: Russian opposition

A Year of Russian Opposition Over the War in Ukraine

February 27, 2015

Catherine A. Fitzpatrick writes the latest in our series on the anniversary of the Maidan Revolution and the birth of a new nation, Ukraine. Read the others in the series here. A year ago, Russian opposition leaders Boris Nemtsov, former first deputy prime minister under Yeltsin, and Alexey Navalny,  an anti-corruption activist and blogger, were […]

Russia Update: Paid Protesters, Ultranationalist Groups, State Workers March Against Maidan

February 21, 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, and see also our Russia This Week stories Ultranationalists Angry over ‘Capitulation’ of Minsk Agreement, ‘Anti-Maidan’ Launched by Nationalists, Cossacks, Veterans, Bikers, The Guild War – […]

Russia Update: Police Search Homes of Director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund, Parents

February 6, 2015

Russia Update closely follows day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here, and see also our Russia This Week stories ‘Anti-Maidan’ Launched by Nationalists, Cossacks, Veterans, Bikers and The Guild War – How Should Journalists Treat Russian State Propagandists? and special features ‘Managed Spring’: How Moscow […]

Russia Update: Activists Occupy Giant Christmas Globe on Manezhnaya Square, 20 Arrested

December 31, 2014

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

Russia Update: Facebook Blocks Navalny Supporters’ Page, Encounters ‘Streisand Effect’ as News Spreads

December 20, 2014

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, and see also our Russia This Week story The Kremlin’s Policy-Making on Ukraine is ‘A Mess’ and special features ‘Managed Spring’: How Moscow Parted Easily with […]

Will An Aid Convoy Bring Hope Or War To Eastern Ukraine? Podcast – August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014

This week on The Interpreter podcast Boston College Professor Matt Sienkiewicz and The Interpreter’s managing editor James Miller the Russian ‘aid convoy’ headed to Ukraine, as well as the state of democratic society in both Russia and Ukraine. James explains what The Interpreter is, how it is funded, what its mission is, and the current […]

Russia Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Banned From Going to Sochi

February 17, 2014

On January 31, 2014, Alexei Navalny published a petition to Russian authorities he had made asking for permission to travel to Sochi to conduct research for his website and his blog. He described the extensive evidence of corruption he had found in Olympic construction projects (in a project translated by The Interpreter) and asked for permission […]

Coordinating Council: A Big Experiment of Democracy

May 20, 2013

The Russian opposition’s Coordinating Council has been under fire from both the government and the protest movement itself since its election in October 2012.  At least 29 out of 45 members of the Council have faced harassment from authorities or their employers in recent months; three are in pre-trial detention or under house arrest.  Every […]

Lebedev’s Sentence Will Complicate Things for “Bolotnaya” Defendants

April 30, 2013

The Moscow City Court has sentenced well-known opposition activist Konstantin Lebedev to 2.5 years in prison for organizing public unrest in Moscow under the notorious “Bolotnaya Case”. Technically, this sentence cannot have any legal implications for the outcome of the upcoming major trial of Leonid Razvozzhaev and Sergei Udaltsov; however, their attorneys have expressed concerns […]