No help needed. Valery Panyushkin on the degradation of charity in Russia

I seriously believe that the destruction of independent charitable foundations is state policy. Thousands of small charitable organizations are knowingly replaced with big, governmental ones, like ‘Circle of Good’ and ‘Defenders of the Fatherland.’ The goal is simple – not to allow people to think that they themselves are able to solve their own problems, especially if they band together. To maintain in people the infantile belief that if anyone solves their problems, it will be the state.

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: On the protest movement [a text published in Grani in 2012]

Aleksandr Podrabinek 18 January 2024 Source: Facebook I published this text in Grani exactly 12 years ago. Now I sit and wonder whether if people had listened we might be…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: The Violence Genie – a dangerous instrument of resistance can return to political struggle

20 April 2023 By Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Vot-Tak.TV In Ukraine, the number of militarized formations made up of Russian citizens is rising. Soon a “Siberian Battalion” may be added to…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: The Great Terror Lite

12 April 2023 By Aleksandr Podrabinek   Source: Vot-Tak.TV With the beginning of the war against Ukraine, the moderately severe authoritarian dictatorship in Russia began swiftly transforming itself into a merciless…

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Leonid Nikitinsky: On the eviction of the Sakharov Centre

27 January 2023 by Leonid Nikitinsky, columnist for Novaya Gazeta, candidate in legal sciences, Moscow Helsinki Prize laureate Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Свободное пространство, 27.01.2023] The Sakharov Centre is…

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The Wolves, the sheep, and the watchmen: Aleksandr Podrabinek on the harm of compromises

25 January 2023 by Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Radio Svoboda Who is going to blame a wolf for being a predator? That’s his nature: to chase down the weak, drag lambs…

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Viktor Kogan-Yasny: A Civilizational Fracture

19 October 2022 by Viktor Kogan-Yasny Source: Relga A civilizational fracture is shaping up between various kinds of state-bureaucratic “fundamentalism” that we might characterize as the Z-state vs. the Euro-state.…

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Nikolai Svanidze: There are many Russian citizens for whom the current war does not induce spiritual uplift, but abhorrence…And so long as the Constitution is not suspended, they have a right to be heard

October 2022 Nikolai Svanidze, member of the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group Esteemed colleagues, Seeing as, unfortunately,…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: The propaganda of hatred. How the Kremlin pushes the myth of Russian society’s solidarity

22 October 2022 By Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Vot-Tak.TV The attacks by Russian armed forces on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure signal a transition to a new phase in the war—preagonal, more than…

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