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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Everything for the People! “Nashi” vs. Oleg Mitvol’

For those who aren’t already following it, I direct your attention to the recent and ongoing feud between the youth group “Nashi” and Moscow Northern District Prefect Oleg Mitvol’. Now, Mitvol’ and “Nashi” have a little history that’s worth noting at the outset: exactly a year ago in September 2009, he came to their aid …

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Ella Pamfilova, Fallen 'Star of Agitprop'

Last Friday, on July 30th, Ella Pamfilova, the head of the president’s advisory council on human rights and civil society, abruptly resigned from her post, without an official explanation or specifying what it is she will do next. This has naturally encouraged wild speculation about why she would suddenly leave the council, which is recognized …

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On "Minor & Non-Critical" Issues: Oleg Kozlovsky vs. Gay Rights

FADE-IN. EXTERIOR PUBLIC PARK, IN THE BACKGROUND IS A LARGE HISTORICAL STATUE & A CONSTANT STREAM OF PASSERSBY WIDE SHOT – A GROUP OF PROTESTERS IS GATHERED BY THE STATUE WIDE SHOT TO CLOSE-UP – A COUNTER-PROTESTER IN A NASHI T-SHIT APPROACHES FROM STAGE RIGHT, MEGAPHONE IN HAND, AND ADDRESSES THE CROWD NASHI ACTIVIST You …

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Opposition Figures Caught Offering Bribes

Make of it what you will, but three notable opposition figures (political commentator Dmitrii Oreshkin, activist Ilya Yashin, and journalist Mikhail Fishman) have been thoroughly embarrassed by a recently published YouTube video (see above) that depicts each of the men offering bribes to highway patrol officers, in order to get out of a formal ticket. …

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Missing the Story with Stalin

Roland Oliphant has little blurb out on RussiaProfile.org about the ongoing scandal involving May’s 65th Victory Day celebration and the memory of Stalin. The tone of his article has an air of objectivity, though Oliphant stops to poke a little fun at Vladimir Makarov, Moscow’s advertisements head, for saying that only “exploding young politicians” stand …

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