Tag: Constitution

Moscow Views Donetsk and Luhansk as Surety Against Ukraine Joining NATO, Lukin Says

August 31, 2014

Staunton, August 31 – Vladimir Lukin, former Russian ambassador to the United States and human rights ombudsman, says that Vladimir Putin will use the amount of force necessary in eastern Ukraine to convince Kyiv that it cannot win and use the ensuing federalization of Ukraine as a means of blocking that country’s joining NATO. Lukin […]

Putin Asserts Right of Russians to Self-Determination Even Though Peoples of Russia Don’t Have It

May 12, 2014

Staunton, May 10 – Speaking in Sevastopol in Russian-occupied Crimea, President Vladimir Putin called on all countries “to respect the right of Russians to self-determination,” but he failed to note, Boris Vishnevsky points out, that there is no such right for peoples on the territory of the Russian Federation. In an Ekho Moskvy blog post […]

Kremlin Would Infuriate Russians if It Limited Foreign Travel, Moscow Commentator Says

April 14, 2014

Staunton, April 14 – Given memories of Soviet times, Russians today especially value their right to travel abroad and are not “prepared” to give up that right, even though many are not in a position to exercise it and even if they accept some of Moscow’s warnings about the risks such travel may involve, according […]

Live Updates: Pussy Riot, Khodorkovsky, and Greenpeace Given Amnesty

December 23, 2013

The headline is huge: As part of an amnesty bill, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, many high profile prisoners could be set free as early as this week. The list of those included in the amnesty appears to include the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot, as well as the Greenpeace activists […]

A Constitution of Orthodoxy

December 2, 2013

Yelena Mizulina, chair of the State Duma Committee on Family, Women and Childrens’ Affairs, is the infamous Russia politician who co-authored the “homosexual propaganda” law that banned advocating for gay rights. She is a member of the Just Russia party who has also been elected to parliament from the Communist Party, Yabloko, and Union of Right […]