Putin’s New Nationalities Chief Says His Job Is To ‘Prevent Pogroms In Biryulevo’

April 4, 2015

Staunton, April 3 — Vladimir Putin has chosen a Duma deputy from Sverdlovsk with an FSB background and service in the notorious Alpha Group during his Chechen wars to be the head of the new Federal Agency for Nationality Affairs, an indication of how the Kremlin leader intends to use this new tool and why […]

Even if Moscow’s Meddling is Minimal, Decentralization of Ukraine Seen Involving Real Risks

September 12, 2015

‘A Lie isn’t an Alternative Point of View,’ Lithuanian Foreign Minister Reminds the West 2015-09-12 23:59:07 Staunton, September 12, 2015 One of the reasons for the success Vladimir Putin has had in his propaganda efforts is that he has exploited a dangerous trend in Western media – the proclivity of many journalists and their audiences […]

Russia This Week: What Happened to the Slow-Moving Coup?

April 5, 2015

In Russia This Week, you will find links to the stories of Russia Update in the last week and to special features, plus an article following up on the news and trending topics below. Last issues: All the Strange Things Going On in Moscow Remembering Boris Nemtsov, Insider and Outsider (1959-2015) Please help The Interpreter […]

Ukrainian Crisis Has Killed Constructive Russian Nationalism and Opened the Way for More Pogroms, Emil Pain Says

October 10, 2014

Staunton, October 10 – In 2011-2012, Emil Pain says, “a new elite Russian nationalism” concerned about the promotion of civil values and democracy emerged, but this “new nationalism couldn’t break itself away from its imperial foundations, and after the unification of Crimea, all its [positive] civil qualities disappeared from view.” As a result, the Moscow […]

Does Moscow Want to Focus Russian Attention on Illegal Immigration Again?

August 8, 2014

Staunton, August 7 – Prior to Vladimir Putin’s Anschluss of Crimea and his interventionist actions in Ukraine, Russians were far more concerned about illegal immigration and ethnic crime than they were about the mistreatment of ethnic Russians in Ukraine, about which so much was said in the media over the last six months. Now, there […]

Russia This Week: Translator, Human Rights Activist Killed in Slavyansk With Journalist (19-24 May)

May 25, 2014

Updated Daily. The Chinese-Russian gas deal is getting mixed reviews, depending on what observers think of Putin in the first place. LifeNews reporters are still being held by Ukrainian authorities on charges they helped armed separatists, sparking a debate in the regional journalist community about embedding with insurgents. Russian liberals are concerned that Putin’s aggressive […]

Russia This Week: Will the Internet Survive? (12-16 May)

May 17, 2014

Updated Daily. Soccer fans angry at the murder of their fellow fan, joined by anti-migrant nationalists, rampaged in a Moscow suburb. Russian state propaganda has grown more aggressive and pompous, magnifying Russian imperialism and whipping up hatred of foreigners and dissidents. What are we measuring when we poll public opinion when people are mainly dependent […]

Kremlin’s Response to Moscow Race Riots May Make Things Worse

October 18, 2013

To say that racism is pandemic in Russia these days might be an understatement. Sunday’s race riots in Moscow were certainly not the first time The Interpreter has raised the alarm over the increasingly-radical nationalist movement. Over the summer,  a Russian paratrooper was killed by a Chechen immigrant in the North Caucasus town of Pugachev. Though […]

How Biryulyovo Succeeded Where Bolotnaya Failed

October 17, 2013

We’ve been writing about not only the events concerning the race riots in Moscow, but also the reaction of the government and the various politicians and media outlets. One concern cited by several voices is that the Russian government was only pushed into action by the rioters in the streets. Earlier we posted a translation […]