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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The Sad State of Gay Rights in Russia

At the end of last month, just two days before the infamous May 31st Triumfal’naia Square rally, Russian gay rights activists conducted a small, brief march down Staryi Arbat. Thirty people participated, all of whom, the organizers reported relievedly, “successfully escaped arrest.” The police did close down the road at the end of Arbat, to …

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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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Activist Punches Tomsk Governor In the Face

A couple of days ago, Tomsk Governor Victor Kress was leaving a local community event, when a man approached him, screaming “For the death of my grandmother!” and popped him one in the nose. The man, Sergey Zaikov, is a member of the Solidarnost’ movement, though he apparently attacked Kress because he blames the governor …

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