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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Sergei Davidis: A real choice is made from available and achievable options

12 September 2022 by Sergei Davidis Source: Facebook Yes, as before, it’s better to participate in the “elections” than not, and it’s worth heeding the recommendations of Smart Voting. Honor…

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Sergei Davidis: In the present war, we are not talking about defending Russia

10 September 2022 by Sergei Davidis Source: Facebook Like many people in recent days, I am thrilled and delighted over the “miracle on the Oskol.” A miracle wrought, actually, by…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: Seven of Putin’s Friends. On the Dictatorship’s Abettors

29 August 2022 by Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Radio Svoboda Putin has quite a few friends both in Russia and around the world. They include friends who are aware, who understand…

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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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Aleksandr Podrabinek on the making of bad laws: ‘The ineradicable USSR’

19 July 2022 By Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Radio Svoboda This month in one week, in three republics that were once part of the USSR, three people were convicted for expression…

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