The FSB’s Wikileak? Gleb Vlasov vs Oleg Feoktistov

Last month, someone writing under the pseudonym Gleb Vlasov created a LiveJournal account and posted a single article with several revelations and accusations against FSB General Oleg Feoktistov. Feoktistov, First Deputy Head of the FSB’s 9th Division, the Internal Security Directorate (or ‘USB’), earned his current position (according to Vlasov) by leading the 2007-2008 investigation of Aleksandr Bul’bov, …

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Yulia Dikhtiar & the Persecution of RosPil

Beginning in the middle of April 2011, several people who donated money through Yandex.Dengi to Aleksei Navalny’s RosPil said they were contacted by a female reporter claiming to work for “Sol’” newspaper. Bloggers have since identified the caller as Yulia Dikhtiar, a Nashi commisar in Voronezh. On May 2nd, this story developed into a full-blown scandal, …

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The Federal Zakonoproekt 'On the Police'

A couple of weeks ago, I took some time to examine the important bits that did and didn’t make it into the FSB reforms that were eventually signed into law by President Medvedev. In that same spirit, I’d now like to turn to the latest splash in Russia’s world of legalism: the Federal Law Project …

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The Medvedevian Tea Leaves

On the heels of last week’s post about the new FSB law, I’d like to explore a couple of alternate theories on the reasons for and consequences of this piece of legislation. While Dmitri Medvedev infamously took full credit for this initiative, he’s had it on his desk from parliament for over a week now …

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Medvedev & the Minority Report FSB

This last Friday, the Duma passed legislation no. 364427-5, “On Changing Federal FSB Law in the Russian Federation’s Code of Administrative Violations.” The law’s first public reading was on June 3rd. Before finally being accepted last week, the bill underwent another two drafts. After the first draft, a series of changes were made to the …

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