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Navalny smear campaign?

From RT: “Russia’s parliamentary majority party, United Russia, has dismissed as provocation a report that it hired PR specialists and bloggers to discredit popular anti-corruption campaigner Aleksei Navalny. ­The report about United Russia’s alleged activities appeared in the Monday edition of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper. The article quoted a source in a “large Moscow advertising […]

Russia’s Opposition Takes National Fight Local

It appears that the Russian opposition movement has switched its tactics from the national level to a grassroots outreach in generating support for political change. From Voice of America: “The arrival of Navalny and other leaders from Moscow is part of a new opposition strategy to take the fight for clean government to Russia’s regions.  […]

Originally posted on Dying Russia:
Instead of being a force to galvanize a new round of opposition enthusiasm, the efforts to protest the recent mayoral election in Astrakhan have served only to emphasize the weakness and indeed dissolution being experienced by the opposition forces. The Just Russia party promised that every single one of its…

Russian protesters turn to street art

Russia: Comrade Putin Indicates He Would Support A Law Limiting Term Limits…Just Not On Himself…

talkstraight: Vladimir Putin, the man who will become Russia’s president for a third term next month, indicated Wednesday he would back a law that bars others from doing what he did, ruling as president more than twice. But Putin also suggested such a law would not apply to himself, leaving open the possibility that he […]

Is Putin planning on building a new Russian national guard?

    thesqr: In Moscow’s Shadows (New York) According to Nezavisimaya gazeta (April 2, 2012), President-elect Putin is planning to create a new National Guard, a domestic security force uniting the MVD VV Interior Troops, the MChS Ministry of Emergency Situation forces and various other security and military elements. This Natsionalnaya gvardiya would include not […]

Putin’s Regime Won’t End Without an Opposing Vision

Vladimir Putin’s return to the Russian presidency represents much more than a setback for the country’s protest movement. It is a major defeat. To understand why, consider the sudden celebrity of Irina Prokhorova, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s older sister. Before this month’s elections, she acted as her brother’s proxy in a presidential debate against the charismatic and […]