Contents tagged with Russian Opposition

  • Massive protests against Putin's inauguration held in Russia

    On Saturday, May 5, supporters of Alexei Navalny held rallies in dozens of Russian cities under the slogan "He is not our tsar.” They were timed to the inauguration of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which will be held on May 7. The protest in Moscow was not authorized by the authorities.

    The protest rally was scheduled for two o'clock in the afternoon at Pushkin Square. Several hundred people had already gathered in the square an hour before. Many of them wore St. George ribbons and flags, …

  • More than 250 arrested during Russian opposition protest

    On Sunday, January 28, more than a hundred Russian cities saw protests organized by opposition leader Alexei Navalny in support of a “voter strike”, a strategy to boycott the upcoming presidential elections.  The Interior Ministry and the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights estimated that there were 4,500-5,000 protesters across the country, whereas Navalny’s supporters believe that there were considerably more. In Moscow the calculation is further complicated by the fact …

  • Russian citizen asks for asylum in Ukraine because of political persecution in Russia

    On November 18, a Russian citizen arrived by train at the Ukrainian capital and asked for refugee status at the checkpoint "Kyiv-Passazhyrsky", as reported by the State Border Service of Ukraine.

    "During the passport control procedure, the Russian woman appealed to the employees of the State Border Service of Ukraine saying that she wanted to obtain refugee status. The Russian woman said that she was an opposition activist and was being persecuted in Russia for her political views," the …

  • More than 260 people detained during Putin’s birthday protests in Russia

    At least 262 people were detained during protests in support of Alexei Navalny in 27 cities across Russia, according to OVD-Info.

    As of 8:00 p.m., 66 people had been detained in Petersburg, 54 people in Yaroslavl, and 20 in Lipetsk. Detentions also occurred in Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Perm, Pskov, Saransk, Selyatin, Sochi, Stavropol, Tver, Tyumen, and Yakutsk.

    In Krasnodar, one of the protesters was arrested for three days. In Yekaterinburg, Izhevsk, Nizhny Tagil, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, …

  • Russian police arrest more than 100 Navalny supporters

    Police arrested 131 participants of “Agitator Saturdays” who were protesting in support of the policy of Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny. Such protests took place in several cities across Russia, OVD-Info website reports.

    Most of the arrests – at least 84 – took place in Moscow. OVD-Info reports that “in 18 cities, supporters of Navalny were subjected to arrest, searches or attacks during the day.”

    Among those arrested were 11 minors. According to OVD-Info, the father of one minor …

  • Mass detention of Navalny supporters reported in Russia

    On July 8, supporters of opposition politician Alexei Navalny were detained en masse by police in cities across Russia, Radio Liberty reports.

    About thirty volunteers from Alexei Navalny’s election headquarters were detained in in Moscow.

    On Saturday, a lawyer for Navalny’s local staff was also detained in Yekaterinburg. Opposition supporters additionally claimed that a car in which volunteers were transporting leaflets was stopped, and that the propaganda materials were confiscated. The day …

  • Two supporters of Russian opposition leader Navalny seek political asylum in Ukraine

    Two supporters of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have requested political asylum in Ukraine.

    The website of the Ukrainian State Border Service reports that on the morning of June 15, two men with Russian passports arrived at one of the border entry points. They immediately asked the Ukrainian border guards to provide protection from political persecution.

    During the screening process it was ascertained that these Russians belong to the “Navalny bloc”. They were allowed through …

  • Chairman of the Russian Central Election Committee: Russian opposition leader Navalny will not be able to run for presidential election

    According to the Chairman of the Central Election Committee of Russian Federation (CEC), Ella Pamfilova, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny will not be able to run for the upcoming presidential election due to his criminal record, Dozhd reports.

    "I understand - and he understands this - that he has no chance to be registered in the election due to his conviction," Pamfilova said.

    She added that as the official who heads the structure obliged to register candidates, she does not …

  • US, EU and Amnesty International condemn Russian authorities for mass detentions of demonstrators

    The international human rights organization Amnesty International has condemned the crackdown on oppositional mass actions that took place in Russian cities yesterday.

    "A crackdown on peaceful protests across Russia in which hundreds of people were arrested and numerous others beaten by police demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt for fundamental human rights," the human rights activists said in a statement.

    Amnesty's Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Denis Krivosheev, …

  • Leader of Russian opposition calls for a ‘fair referendum’ in the Crimea

    The leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny said in an interview with Dozhd (Rain) TV that a fair referendum must be held in the annexed Crimea.

    “What should any nice person, any president do? They must declare another normal—or rather, not one more, but the first normal fair referendum—which Ukraine, of course, won’t recognize with a high degree of probability. We understand this,” Navalny said.

    Navalny said he understands that his words are not liked by many people in Ukraine and …