“Foreign Agents”

Maidan 2.0: A Protest With Reservations

November 25, 2013

Perhaps 50 to 100 thousand protesters took to the streets this weekend in Kiev, Ukraine, demanding that their President, Viktor Yanukovych, sign the agreement with the European Union. As we’ve been reporting, however, Yanukovych backed down last week, largely because of the economic backlash from Russia’s trade war. The protests recall the 2004 Orange Revolution, […]

Kiev Takes a Timeout

Russia has arguably won its trade war with Ukraine, at least for now. After months of punitive measures because of Kiev’s desire to choose joining the European Union over the neo=Soviet Customs Union, last week the Ukraine suspended its move to join the EU. The move has been highly unpopular in the Ukraine, and protesters have taken […]

The Last Battle of the “Slavonic Corps”

November 16, 2013

A Syrian rebel group claims that it has ambushed and killed a group of Russian mercenaries who may have been working for a Chinese security contractor. The jihadist fighters from an Al Qaeda affiliate “Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS)” claim to have killed the mercenaries in a battle near Homs. At least […]

Russian Legislators Propose a Tax On Foreign Names

October 4, 2013

Nationalism and patriotism are rampant in Russia. The Interpreter has been following many stories that indicate that this sentiment is often manifested in unhealthy policies. Russia has threatened its neighbors for wanting to join the European Union, it has used immigration law as retribution for disloyalty, and it has used pogroms to crack down on ethnic […]

In its Dialogue with Kiev, Moscow Could Get Personal

August 23, 2013

Russia has levied sanctions against Ukraine, backing up hundreds of freight trucks at the border, all in protest of Ukraine’s decision to enter the European Union instead of the Moscow-centric Customs Union. The move may cost Ukraine $2.5 billion this year alone. Now, there are signs that Russia could turn its already infamous anti-immigration policies […]

The Communists Looked Into the “United Russia” Wallet

August 20, 2013

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation has accused the United Russia party of accepting foreign funds into its campaign chest, funds that could conceivably be put into use during Moscow’s mayoral race. However, election officials deny that United Russia has done anything wrong. These allegations come just after the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia […]

Alexei Navalny’s Support Challenged

August 15, 2013

This is a translation of an article describing the allegations levied against the opposition candidate for Moscow Mayor, Alexei Navalny, that his campaign is foreign-funded. Navalny has responded to these allegations in English (here) and in Russian (the link is in the article below). – Ed. Alexei Navalny, candidate for mayor of Moscow from RPR […]

“Obama Has Ordered the Release Of Navalny”

August 6, 2013

Below is the transcript between between Aleksandr Bogomolov (Federal Patriotic Herald) and State Duma Deputy Yevgeny Fyodorov after opposition leader Alexei Navalny was temporarily released from prison so that he might pursue a campaign for Moscow’s mayor, pending his appeal.. -Ed. Novaya Gazeta has asked the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Ministry of Health to […]

“Golos” Has Been Suspended

July 2, 2013

[Golos, Russia’s only independent election monitor, is the first NGO to succumb to the controversial new law forcing groups that receive foreign funds or engage in “political” activities to register as “foreign agents.” — Ed.] The Ministry of Justice has suspended activities of the “Golos” association for six months. The organization is surprised by this […]

All Russian NGOs Could Become “Foreign Agents”

June 20, 2013

[This article examines the amendments proposed by Russia’s Ministry of Justice which would expand the state’s ability to inspect and interfere in the activities of NGOs, regardless of their funding sources. These measures would extend the law passed in 2012 requiring NGOs receiving foreign funding to register as “foreign agents.”—Ed.] Many hoped that Russian authorities […]