Aleksandr Podrabinek: Extraordinary measures in civil life. What can Russian citizens expect in the near future?

21 September 2022 by Aleksandr Podrabinek  Source: Vot-Tak.TV If we don’t shut our eyes to reality and aren’t captivated by futile hopes, then the prognosis is quite nasty. Today’s mobilization…

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Sergei Lukashevsky: “Ultra-patriots” can expect ever increasing disappointment

15 September 2022 by Sergei Lukashevsky, acting director of the Sakharov Centre and a member of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Facebook] After the Russian army’s…

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Leonid Gozman: If they release me after 15 days, I would prefer leaving the country to death

9 September 2022 Leonid Gozman in conversation with Vera Chelishcheva Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source:  Novaya Gazeta] A difficult conversation through prison bars with Leonid Gozman—about his first experience…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: An Attempt to Save Russia from Ruin and Preserve It

25 August 2022 by Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Vot-Tak.TV Two Reuters sources in the Kremlin have spoken about how the Russian authorities want to reach a ceasefire with Ukraine. This may be…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: Subtleties of Propaganda

18 August.2022 by Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Vot-Tak.TV Today's Russian state propaganda is in some sense more sophisticated than Soviet propaganda. Previously, propaganda inside the country was crude and clumsy, hitting…

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Sarah Hurst reviews ‘Between Two Fires’ by Joshua Yaffa

8 August 2022 By Sarah Hurst Sarah Hurst reviews Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition and Compromise in Putin’s Russia by Joshua Yaffa (Granta, 2020) Paperback. 368pp. £9.99. ISBN 9781783783724. (Granta, London, 2020) Reading…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: The Tradition of Special Operations

30 July 2022 by Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Vot-Tak.TV Eighty-five years ago, on 30 July 1937, the People's Commissar for Internal Affairs of the USSR, Nikolai Yezhov, signed Operational Order No.…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: A strong signal of weakness

23 July 2022 by Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Vot-Tak.TV When they should have demanded change, they made overtures. When they should have imposed economic sanctions, they sought to persuade and bargain.…

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A new stage of repression: Ekaterina Schulmann on the Kremlin’s changing approach to silencing dissent [Meduza]

18 July 2022 On July 15, a judge in Komsomolsk-on-Amur acquitted artist and LGBT activist Yulia Tsvetkova after three years of legal proceedings. Tsvetkova was accused of “distributing pornography” after she published drawings of…

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Olga Romanova: Fishman on the country and Nemtsov

Olga Romanova 3 May 2022 Olga Romanova reviews Mikhail Fishman's new book: Преемник. История Бориса Немцова и страны, в которой он не стал президентом [The Successor. The history of Boris…

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