How Surkov and Medvedev Financed the Opposition

May 1, 2013

The efforts to morally discredit the opposition, set against the backdrop of new criminal cases against the leaders and rank-and-file participants of the protest movement, is a good way to finally bury the political landscape of Russia under concrete, or in a bog (in the literal sense, not to be confused with Bolotnaya Square.  The […]

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 […]

Why I Left Russia—But Hope to Return

April 25, 2013

On May 6, 2012, I was arrested together with other participants in the events on Bolotnaya Square, and taken to a police station. Actually, I was arrested after the rally, when I was sitting in a café calling Alexei Navalny. His phone was picked up by some other person, who identified himself as a police […]

Handlers from Yale University May Have Made a Mistake

April 24, 2013

There’s everything here. From “banal, ouch, that is, I’m sorry, Navalny”, to “his handlers from the Yale University have mistaken Russia for a Third World Country.” And, of course, the most beautiful and candid revelation: “he shouldn’t have annoyed the authorities.” In the meantime, Major-General Markin, even in the context of a special interview dedicated […]

An Emergency Situation was Prevented

The Daily Journal is publishing a sensational document that without any doubt will shed light on the events on Bolotnaya Square last May. We have managed to obtain a document entitled “Report on Maintaining Public Order and Security in the City of Moscow on May 6, 2012”, signed by Colonel Deynichenko, the Deputy Chief of […]

Magnitsky List: A Failure, But not Fatal

April 16, 2013

On April 12 the U.S. government published the so-called Magnitsky List—names of individuals who are believed to be responsible for “gross violations of human rights” in Russia.  The 18 people included in the list will be denied entry to the United States and have their assets and property in the country frozen.  There is also […]

They Will Lock Up Many More

April 15, 2013

What is really striking is all the fuss that’s been made over the trial, which starts on April 17 in Kirov, in which I’m one of the defendants accused of putting together a criminal organization that conspired to steal lumber and sawdust from the company Kirovles, and actually stole that stuff worth about 16 million […]

Cyprus, Russia – and Syria

March 21, 2013

Just as I was getting used to thinking of Cyprus as the Mediterranean clime where Hezbollah agents go to spy on ‘the Jews’ and Rami Makhlouf is granted citizenship, I awaken to the fact that future of the eurozone may in fact depend on the good graces of Vladimir Putin. An island nation with a […]

The Realpolitik of Murder

In Our Kind of Traitor, John Le Carré’s most recent spy novel, Dima, the “world’s number one money-launderer” for the Russian mob, befriends two British nationals on holiday in Antigua. He asks them to help him and his family defect to London in exchange for a freshet of juicy intelligence regarding where Russia’s corrupt elite […]