“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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Gregory Vinter, a human rights activist from Cherepovets, sentenced to three years in a penal colony for comments on the killings in Bucha

Photo: Memorial 18 January 2024 Source: Spektr.press The Cherepovets City Court has found human rights activist Gregory Marcus Severin Vinter (formerly Grigory Vinter) guilty of spreading “fake news” about the…

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Write to Russia: Andrei Kapatsyna – imprisoned for his religious beliefs and refusal to fight in Ukraine

Andrei Kapatsyna is an air traffic controller and evangelical Pentecostal Christian from Magadan who has been sentenced to serve two years and 10 months in a penal colony for refusing…

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‘Political Prisoners. Memorial’: Andrei Kapatsyna is a political prisoner

30 December 2023 Andrei Kapatsyna, an air traffic controller from Magadan, has been sentenced to two years and 10 months in a penal colony for refusing to take part in…

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Podcast Then & Now #14: Teresa Cherfas in conversation with Mamuka Kuparadze and Aleksandr Pichugin

9 January 2024 by Teresa Cherfas Welcome to the fourteenth of our Russian-language podcast Then & Now with me, Teresa Cherfas.  Aleksandr Pichugin & Mamuka Kuparadze My guests today are Mamuka Kuparadze, founder…

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Important Stories. The Russian Army in Ukraine is accused of destroying archives on Soviet and Nazi crimes [Spektr.press]

Soldiers of the Red Army and Wehrmacht during a joint parade in Polish Brest on 22 September 1939. Source: WikiMedia Commons 4 December 2023 Russian soldiers are destroying or stealing…

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Standstill or stalemate. Ilya Shablinsky on an article by and interview with Valery Zaluzhny, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 

8 November 2023 By Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.Press British magazine The Economist published an article by Valery Zaluzhny, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, and interviewed him a short while…

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Witnesses Against War: ‘I clearly differentiate putin and Russia’ – why anti-war Russians are remaining in Russia (Part Two)

13 May 2023 Source: Witnesses Against War Witnesses Against War is an anonymous international group of journalists, writers, historians and translators, who live in Moscow and London. For reasons of security,…

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Witnesses Against War: ‘I’m not leaving my home to random criminals’ – why anti-war Russians are remaining in Russia (Part One)

26 April 2023 Source: Witnesses Against War Witnesses Against War is an anonymous international group of journalists, writers, historians and translators, who live in Moscow and London. For reasons of security,…

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