Russian Opposition Lawmaker Calls Large-Scale Protests Unlikely

Moscow Protest file photo

(RIA Novosti – VALDAI, Novgorod Region, September 18, 2013) ­ An outspoken Russian opposition lawmaker said Wednesday that political protest in the country was too fragmented to generate the kind of large-scale public discontent that erupted after parliamentary elections in 2011. “I’m convinced there will be no new wave of protests,” Ilya Ponomaryov of A Just Russia party said at […]

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Moscow Gives Office to Evicted Human Rights NGO

Aerial View of Moscow From Beyond Stadium, file photo

(RIA Novosti – MOSCOW, September 5, 2013) ­ The Moscow authorities have donated an office to a Russian human rights NGO, a source in the city administration told RIA Novosti Thursday, after it was evicted from its previous home in July. The For Human Rights movement’s new downtown office will be free of charge to the organization for 49 years, […]

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Ponomaryov Accused of Orchestrating Bolotnaya Riots

Russian Duma Building

(Moscow Times – – July 11, 2013) A State Duma deputy from the leftist A Just Russia party Ilya Ponomaryov has been accused of helping to organize mass riots on Bolotnaya Ploshchad in central Moscow, one of the officers in charge of policing at the rally testified. “Ilya Ponomaryov ­ along with Udaltsov ­ has organized mass riots,” Dmitry […]

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Rights group left with crushed computer after eviction from Moscow office – head

Kremlin and St. Basil's

(Interfax – MOSCOW. June 24, 2013) Police and private security guards crushed a computer in evicting Russia’s For Human Rights group from its Moscow headquarters early on Saturday, according to the organization’s leader. For Human Rights, one of Russia’s oldest and largest rights groups, was thrown out of its office in the city center in a predawn raid because of […]

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