Museum Director Fired Over Controversial Exhibitions

June 20, 2013

[ examines the motivations behind the firing of prominent museum director Marat Gelman from the PERMM Museum of Modern Art, pointing to controversial exhibitions as the impetus behind his dismissal—Ed.] The Perm authorities announced the dismissal of Marat Gelman from the post of director of the PERMM Museum of Modern Art. Experts say this will result […]

The Kremlin to Compete with Vedomosti and Kommersant

June 17, 2013

The Kremlin is planning to set up its own publishing company with a conservative-leaning news angle, Kommersant has reported, citing Dmitry Badovsky, Director of the Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies Foundation (ISEPI), and formerly Deputy Chief of the Internal Policy Department in the President’s Administration. The founder of the new entity will be ISEPI. […]

Politkovskaya murder trial must be open

May 31, 2013

[On June 3, the second trial of suspects in the murder of the muck-raking journalist, Anna Politkovskaya, will commence in the Moscow City Court. Politkovskaya, who was famous for her critical stance towards the Putin government—particularly its conduct in Chechnya—was gunned down in her apartment building in October 2006. Novaya Gazeta, the paper for which […]

Komsomolskaya Pravda’s Re-write

May 21, 2013

[Uliana Skoybeda is a longtime commentator for Komosomolskaya Pravda known for making outlandish arguments, such as being opposed to black soccer players on Russian teams. A recent Skoybeda column, the subtitle of which lamented that Nazis didn’t make “lamp shades” of the ancestors of today’s Russian liberals and blaming them for revisionist views on Russia’s role […]

Berezovsky: An Admirer’s View

May 7, 2013

Russian dissident and author Alex Goldfarb, who knew the late Boris Berezovsky, writes about the oligarch’s now-infamous British court case against Roman Abramovich, his Kremlin intrigues, his Chechen peace-making abilities, his patronage of Vladimir Putin, and his love of women. –Ed. What women loved him for, and why Putin didn’t love him; he could reach […]

Former Caucasus Fund VP Denies Izvestia Claims

April 30, 2013

Gela Khmaldaze, former vice president of the Caucasus Fund: “Tamerlan Tsarnaev never took part in our activities. The Caucasus Fund has not worked with the Jamestown Foundation. Moreover, our fund has not been involved in any so-called ‘recruitment’. This is an obvious lie.” We will recall that Izvestia editors claimed today to have possession of […]

Pro-Kremlin Media Claims “Tamerlan Tsarnaev Recruited Through Georgian Fund”

Izvestia has obtained some documents from the Georgian Interior Ministry’s Department of Counter-intelligence which confirms that the Georgian organization Caucasian Fund is collaborating with the American non-profit organization Jamestown Foundation (Zbigniew Brzezinski, US foreign policy ideologue, was formerly on Jamestown’s board of directors) and has been recruiting residents of the North Caucasus to work in […]