Aleksandr Podrabinek: The Benefit of Forgetfulness, or A Few Words about the Significance of Reputation

5 October 2021 By Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: VotTak - Belsat TV The younger generation – those who were born at the turn of the millennium – have little knowledge of,…

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Congress of the Intelligentsia: “30 years ago, freedom and democracy were defended”

21 July 2021 Picture: Valery Borshchev, co-chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group, co-signatory of the following letter, member of the organising committee “30 years of the people’s victory over the…

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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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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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Remember the Date: Boris Yeltsin resigns as president on 31 December 1999; Vladimir Putin becomes president.

Photo source: Wikipedia On 31 December 1999 Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007) resigned as President of the Russian Federation. He had first been elected to that post on 10 July 1991. He…

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Remember the Date: 11 December 1994 marked the beginning of the First Chechen War

Chechen women praying in Grozny, December 1994. Source: Evstafiev, Wikipedia On 11 December 1994 Russian forces launched a ground offensive towards Grozny, marking the start of the First Chechen War. …

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