Remember the Date: On 13 February 1974 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was deported from the Soviet Union

Aleksandr Solzhentisyn and Heinrich Boell outside Boell's house. Photo by Bert Verhoeff (Wikipedia) On 13 February 1974 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was deported from the Soviet Union to West Germany, where he initially…

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Boris Akunin: The authorities should be more grown up than the people

27 January 2021 By Boris Akunin, author Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Эхо Москвы] Sometimes you want to say simple, trivial things.  Commentators will no doubt say how naive I…

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Dmitry Bykov: 85 million Russians have stopped believing the authorities

26 January 2021 Dmitry Bykov, writer, poet, journalist Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Ekho Moskvy] The main result of Saturday’s demonstration was not even the comeback of protest activity (it’s…

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Dmitry Bykov: To get Navalny out of the jaws of this system

19 January 2021 by Dmitry Bykov, writer, poet and journalist Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Эхо Москвы] Of course, I went to meet Navalny at Vnukovo, and the main feeling…

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Dmitry Bykov on why the National Guard recently purchased special equipment costing 2bn roubles

12 January 2021 By Dmitry Bykov, writer, poet, journalist: Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [originalsource: ЭхоМосквы] On why the Russian National Guard recently purchased special equipment for two billion rubles. What actually…

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Viktor Kogan-Yasny: “We were mistaken when we thought that the Communist utopia had been defeated by the desire for development and responsibility, that globalism had prevailed over self-isolation and suspicion, adulthood over infantilism.”

1 December 2020 By Viktor Kogan-Yasny Russian history of the previous and current century has been marked by immaturity: the inability (and lack of need) to see that the world…

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Dmitry Bykov: Lukashenko’s visit to the remand centre showed boundless cynicism and outright blackmail

13 October 2020 By Dmitry Bykov, writer, poet, and journalist: Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Ekho Moskvy] Aleksandr Lukashenko has presented Belarusians with an intractable moral dilemma. But moral dilemmas…

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Remember the Date: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature on 8 October 1970

Solzhenitsyn with Heinrich Böll in Langenbroich, West Germany, 1974. Photo: Bert Verhoeff / Anefo. Wikipedia On 8 October 1970 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Solzhenitsyn stated at the time:…

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