Tag: Alexei Navalny

Sochi Liveblog: Pussy Riot Arrests

February 18, 2014

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot have been detained in Sochi while preparing for a demonstration. They have been detained as suspects for a “theft” in their hotel. The two were planning to perform a song called Putin Will Teach You To Love Your Motherland but were arrested “with force” along with several other […]

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 […]

Sochi-2014: The Reverse Side of the Medal

February 4, 2014

As Friday’s opening ceremony draws near, the Institute of Modern Russia, of which The Interpreter is a special project, has launched a comprehensive and interactive website detailing the myriad cases of corruption and controversies surrounding the Olympic Games in Sochi. The website, available in both English and Russian, presents “exclusive information on 26 Olympic-related objects, including […]

Interpreter Podcast: Corruption at the Sochi Winter Olympics

January 30, 2014

Our podcast has returned! This week, The Interpreter’s managing editor James Miller speaks to Boston College Professor Dr. Matt Sienkiewicz about the new report on the staggering levels of corruption behind Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, a report that was translated by the team at The Interpreter. To see the investigative report by the […]

Navalny Presents Sochi Corruption Map

January 27, 2014

Alexei Navalny has launched an interactive website displaying the results of his investigations into corruption in the construction projects for the Sochi Winter Olympics. The report was translated by The Interpreter, and an analysis of the report has been written by our editor-in-chief, Michael Weiss. Below is an article published in Lenta.ru, a liberal Russian […]

Navalny and the Interpreter on Sochi

In a blockbuster report released today, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny details the waste, fraud, and mismanagement behind the most expensive Olympics ever. It was inevitable that Alexey Navalny would do something big with the Olympics. The opposition leader famous for his anti-graft muckraking — and put on show trial for bogus “embezzlement” charges — […]

Regions Ready to Abandon Mayoral Elections

January 14, 2014

In early December, TV Rain published an article that claimed, according to a source, that Putin was on the verge of eliminating mayoral elections, which would make the office of mayor an appointed one. It was speculated that this was in response to Alexei Navalny’s strong showing in the recent mayoral race in Moscow. While […]

Aksana Panova: Banned From Journalism For 2 Years

January 10, 2014

On Thursday this week a court in Yekaterinburg issued a two year suspended sentence to a journalist, Aksana Panova, for extortion. The sentence came with an unheard of addition: Panova is banned from working in media for two years. That the grounds for the conviction are ropey at best is worrying enough, though unsurprising for […]

Putin’s Policy Speech: No Mention of Mayoral Elections

December 12, 2013

Just yesterday there was a major headline brewing in the Russia Press. TV Rain (TV Dozhd) ran a rather alarming headline: Russia to Abolish Mayoral and City Duma Elections The story sent shivers down a lot of journalists spines. The story, based on a “source,” said that Putin would make the announcement today, during his […]

About the Education of the “Uneducated”

November 8, 2013

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny published a statement (translated by The Interpreter) explaining why he did not attend the nationalist “Russian March” which was held on November 4. The march is an annual a protest against immigration and internal migration policies, as well as against the policies that allow employers to bring migrant workers to work […]