‘The Dissidents’ by Peter Reddaway: ‘A profound tribute to the moral imperative to speak out in the name of truth and human rights in a repressive society.’

17 June 2021 By Simon Cosgrove Simon Cosgrove reviews The Dissidents: A Memoir of Working with the Resistance in Russia, 1960-1990, by Peter Reddaway.  Brookings, 337 pp., 2020, ISBN: 9780815737735 The Dissidents is an absorbing memoir…

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Boris Altshuler: A plea to President Putin to halt criminal prosecution for nonviolent protests and to free political prisoners!

10 June 2021 In the photo: Boris Altshuler, director of Right of the Child, a civic organisation to promote children’s rights, and a member of the Moscow Helsinki Group  Source:…

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Yury Samodurov: “My era has not fufilled its destiny”. With an introduction by Martin Dewhirst

7 June 2021 by Martin Dewhirst Over the years I have read many blogs by Yury Samodurov, but this was the first one that I felt should be made available…

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Law of the Week: President Putin signs bill potentially enabling him to remain president until 2036

Week-ending 9 April 2021 This week President Putin, who is currently serving his fourth term as president of Russia, signed into force a law that allows him to stand for…

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Law of the Week: State Duma adopts bill making it possible for Vladimir Putin to stand for election as president in 2024 and 2030.

Week-ending 26 March 2021 On 24 March 2021 the State Duma approved in its third and final reading a bill making it possible for President Putin to stand for election…

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Remember the Date: 18 March 2014 – the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation

Map: Wikipedia On 18 March 2014 the Russian Federation formally annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. Ukraine considers the annexation a violation of international law and the event was condemned by…

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Knight of the 20th Century. Andrei Kovalev on the 90th birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev

2 March 2021 By Andrei Kovalev. Andrei Kovalev worked for many years at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as a member of the secretariat of Soviet President…

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Podcast No. 60: Simon & Sergei – with Lev Shlosberg

This week our guest on the podcast is Lev Markovich Shlosberg. Lev Markovich is a Russian politician, a civil society and human rights activist, and a journalist. He is chair…

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