The Solidarity Decembrists

In December of 1825, a group of roughly 3,000 men assembled in Senate Square in Saint Petersburg to protest the coronation of Nicholas I, who stepped forward to claim Alexander I’s throne when his older brother, Constantine, removed himself from the line of succession. It’s rumored that the demonstrators, who were led by a group …

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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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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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Solidarnost'. Itogi. 2 goda. (Solidarity. The Results. 2 Years.)

Vladimir Milov has enjoyed a great deal of limelight over the past couple of weeks as Boris Nemtsov’s co-author of “Putin. Itogi. 10 let,” a 48-page anti-Putin book that’s caused something of a media storm. In the Russia-Blogger Anglosphere, Sean Guillory and Anatoly Karlin have already dedicated entire posts to the content and public reception …

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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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