Contents tagged with Russian Opposition

  • 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 …

  • Several opposition representatives were arrested in Russia

    Under court order in Kazan, three activists from Aleksey Navalny campaign headquarters were arrested: Iskander Gumerbaev, Azat Shaimukhametov and Andrei Boyarshinov. The three are being incarcerated for 12 days.

    As Russian “Radio Liberty” reported on May 30, the activists were found guilty of violating the rules for conducting a protest. The court sentenced each activist to 35 hours of compulsory work because of disobedience to the demands of a policeman.

    On May 14, activists held an …

  • Russian opposition prepares new wave of anti-corruption protests

    In Moscow and other Russian cities, initiative groups submitted applications for endorsement of rallies against corruption on June 12. At the moment, pro-active groups in 212 Russian cities have announced their planned participation in the protest rallies on June 12, oppositionist Alexey Navalny reports in his blog.

    In many cities, the groups had stood waiting overnight in front of administrative offices in order to be the first to submit an application for holding a rally. The declared number …

  • Russian court sentences opposition leader to community service for ‘insulting public officials’

    A Russian district court in Ryazan sentenced the leader of the local PARNAS branch, Yuriy Bogomolov, to 250 hours of community services for insulting judges on social media, RIA Novosti reported.

    According to investigators, in August of 2015, Bogomolov posted on the Russian social network site VKontakte, in which he “publicly insulted and degraded the honor and dignity of the authorities” of the judges of the Moscow District Court of Ryazan, as well as judges of the Ryazan regional court “in …

  • Kasyanov: Russian FSB didn't have a problem with Kadyrov's controversial Instagram post

    PARNAS Chairman Mikhail Kasyanov announced that the FSB told him that they did not find anything wrong with a video posted by Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov that showed Kasyanov through the optical site of a rifle.

    The video appeared on Kadyrov’s infamous Instagram account on February 1st and showed Kasyanov and another PARNAS leader, Vladimir Kara-Murza, through the crosshairs of a gun. "Kasyanov arrived in Strasbourg to acquire money for the Russian opposition. Those who haven't understood it …

  • Five employees of pro-democracy organization Open Russia detained in Moscow

    Five employees of the pro-democracy organization Open Russia were detained on Friday night. According to the advocacy group’s human rights manager, Pauline Nemirovskaya, the two vehicle carrying the employees were pulled over by Moscow police shortly after leaving the office.

    Dozhd reported that police officers declared that the cars were wanted, and six people (five employees and one driver) were taken to the Basmanny police station.

    Shortly after, lawyer Sergei Badamshin attempted to enter …

  • Russian public figures call on PARNAS and Yabloko to unite in September’s Duma elections

    In an open letter to the leaders of PARNAS and the Yabloko Party, prominent Russian public figures, human rights activists, and scholars called on the two parties to unite in the forthcoming State Duma elections. The activists published a second appeal to the general public, calling on them to support such cooperation. Both were published together in Novaya Gazeta on Tuesday, February 23rd.

    The authors expressed alarm over the impending chaos in Russia due to the current political …

  • Threats prompt Russian opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov to cancel meeting

    Chairman of the Russian PARNAS party, Mikhail Kasyanov, cancelled a meeting with residents of Nizhny Novgorod due to threats against him and his associates, according to the party’s website.

    “I don't want to encourage our supporters to have physical confrontations, and without the protection of our rights against tyranny, it is impossible, because on their side they have the state machine, money, TV and the courts,” Kasyanov stated.

    The day before, several young men tried to disrupt Kasyanov’ …

  • Kadyrov calls for crackdown on Russian opposition

    Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov is calling for a crackdown on the “jackals” and “enemies of the people” who are opposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kadyrov has made the news recently for his increasingly outrageous comments made towards the “non-systemic” Russian opposition, stating that they should be treated as enemies of the state. The head of Chechnya further elaborated his views on Tuesday in an article written for the pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia.

    Kadyrov’s diatribe was in …

  • Vishnevsky: The Kremlin wants to keep the situation in eastern Ukraine unresolved

    For Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of the main reasons for starting the war in the Donbas region was the ease with which Russian Special Forces were able to occupy and annex the Crimean peninsula in early 2014. This opinion was expressed by Russian opposition leader Boris Vishnevsky in an interview with Apostrophe.

    "The hypothesis that seems plausible to me is that Vladimir Putin doesn't consider Ukraine to be a state, and it's possible that he seriously considered a scenario in which a …