A plague on both these years. Ilya Shablinsky on the second anniversary of Russia’s fullscale war against Ukraine

24 February 2024 by Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press Today marks two years of this savage, senseless, absurd, fratricidal massacre — the bloodiest since 1945.  A war that in Russia they…

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‘Even a Pillar is not Eternal.’ Leonid Nikitinsky on the death of Russian Supreme Court Chairman V.M. Lebedev

24 February 2024 by Leonid Nikitinsky Source: Novaya gazeta What the consequences might be of the demise of Russian Supreme Court Chairman V.M. Lebedev Official portrait of V.M. Lebedev. Source:…

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They’re Worried. Ilya Shablinsky on how the Nadezhdin situation is similar to the elections in Belarus

19 February 2024 by Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press While Putin was suggesting to an American journalist that he go back mentally thirty-forty-a hundred-a thousand years, let’s just try to remember…

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“Wake up, Vladimir Vladimirovich!” Ilya Shablinsky on what Putin’s voters are saying and the prospect of civil war 

31 January 2024 by Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press It’s hard to believe, but political life has briefly returned to Russia. In dozens of cities across the country, signatures are being…

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Ilya Shablinsky – on how property is to be confiscated from Russian ‘enemies of the people’

26 January 2024 by Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press Yet another step taking us back to Stalinist standards of punishment has been taken. The property of citizens convicted of anti-war comments…

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Their name is legion. Ilya Shablinsky on migrants being sent to the front—the law and common sense notwithstanding

6 January 2024 by Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press One of the Russian state’s most urgent tasks is to fill the trenches along the long, very long front line. Even better—with…

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Soviet elections all over again. Ilya Shablinsky on how those who kept Ekaterina Duntsova out of the presidential election got scared

25 December 2023 by Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press A few individuals from the Central Election Commission (TsIK), carrying out their superiors’ order, have eliminated the chief danger on our animal…

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How are we doing with eggs? Ilya Shablinsky on how Putin’s December ‘direct line’ will be remembered

15 December 2023 By Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press Truly, he was in top form. This time around he managed, to a greater extent than usual, to say essentially nothing. Or,…

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