The Splendid Victory: Russia’s 2011 Duma Elections

The votes are in, the violations are online, and Moscow’s oppositionists are out on the streets, gathered at dawn in Kitai Gorod, chanting at cops to release their most beloved celebrity, Aleksei Navalny. Russia’s best known activist-blogger found himself in police custody earlier tonight, when Sunday’s parliamentary election results confirmed for many that the authorities …

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The Strange Death of Liberal Russia: Prokhorov & Pravoe Delo

In the wake of Mikhail Prokhorov’s political downfall and the likely death of Pravoe Delo’s chances at attracting enough votes to enter the next Duma, commentators are scrambling to make sense of what has happened. The amount of relevant material that’s exploded onto the Internet in the past two days is vast and beyond easy …

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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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A Response to Julia Ioffe's 'Bears in a Honey Trap'

Yesterday in Foreign Policy, Julia Ioffe published the most in-depth English-language article to-date on the hidden-camera scandals in Russia. She interviews Solidarnost’s Ilya Yashin, Nashi’s Robert Schlegel, and the center of the fiasco himself: Viktor Shenderovich. It is a weird article. Yashin compares infidelity and mattress-humping to defecation; Shenderovich says that his wife “reacted completely …

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