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A Russian Maidan Could Take Place Outside of Moscow

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, November 11, 2014) The Russian political system is so hyper-centralized and Russian political culture is so Moscow-centric that almost all discussions about radical change in that country focus on the capital city and its residents rather than on the rest of what remains the largest country on

Health Minister Reaches Out to Medical Workers After Massive Protest

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Allison Quinn – November 5, 2014) Russia’s health minister has promised to consider the demands of Moscow health workers amid ongoing reforms of the capital’s health care system on Monday in the direct aftermath of a thousands-strong street protest, the TASS news agency reported. “The opinions of patients and doctors

National Unity Day March Shows Decline of Anti-Kremlin Nationalism

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexey Eremenko – November 5, 2014) Russia marked National Unity Day on Tuesday with a remarkable show of disunity, with three major distinct rallies taking place across Moscow, including the infamous nationalist Russian March. Nationalism in Russia has long been reviled because of its proponents’ penchants for violence and acrid

Nationalism in action: the Russian March

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Yevgeny Levkovich, special to RBTH – November 3, 2014) Yevgeny Levkovich is a journalist and civil activist. There is more potential than usual for scandal in the Russian March held annually on Nov. 4 as nationalists have split over the situation in Ukraine. The Russian March will take

Business New Europe: Russians march for peace in Ukraine

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Julia Reed in Moscow – October 6, 2014) Et tu, Ukraine? To many Russians, and certainly to most Russian politicians, the issue of Ukraine seems as touchy as the subject of teenagers leaving the nest feels to some parents: what’s wrong with their home? Aren’t they happy with their

Daching: How to Get Beaten Up in the Russian Countryside

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexey Eremenko – August 11, 2014) Many extreme sports, from snowboarding to air racing, are known health hazards. But only one can lead to indiscriminate beating, allegations of terrorism, jail and even self-imposed exile – and all you need to do is take a stroll through supposedly public land. Dozens

Moscow Grants Rare Approval to Freedom-of-Assembly Protest

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(Moscow Times – Christopher Brennan – May 22, 2014) In an unexpected move, Moscow authorities have reportedly approved a request by controversial political party The Other Russia to hold a freedom-of-assembly rally in the city center this month. Party member Alexander Averin announced via his LiveJournal page on Wednesday that city officials had sanctioned a

Interfax: Human Rights Council seeks liability for pursuit over criticism

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MOSCOW. May 14 (Interfax) – Head of the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov said he intended to propose to include a provision in the Criminal Code on liability for pursuit over criticism. “The Soviet Code used to have such an article. Now we have proposed adding it again, however this idea has not

Public’s Desire to Protest Hits Record Low

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber – May 14, 2014) Amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and lingering patriotic fervor following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a poll published on Tuesday showed that Russians are more reluctant than ever to participate in political protests. The Levada Center, an independent research organization, found that a record

Moscow Times: Approved Gay Event in Russia’s Far East Set to Test Tolerance

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Christopher Brennan – May 9, 2014) Gay rights activist Alexander Yermoshkin said Thursday that local authorities had approved his request to hold a public event against LGBT discrimination on May 17, a move that may see Russia’s controversial anti-gay propaganda law tested. Other gay rights activists, particularly Moscow’s Nikolai Alexeyev,

Pussy Riot Lands in U.S. for Film Premiere

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ali Sar – HOLLYWOOD, April 22, 2014) An image of young women clad in colorful outfits peeping through ski masks while being detained and clobbered by the police has been a part of evening newscasts in the U.S. for some time, most recently during the Sochi Olympics. Casual viewers have

Bill to Toughen Law on Rallies Raises Concerns

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Oleg Sukhov – April 2, 2014) United Russia deputy Alexander Sidyakin late Monday submitted to the State Duma a bill introducing prison terms for repeat violations of a law on public rallies, stirring fears among analysts of a crackdown on the opposition. The move coincided with an effort by prosecutors

Opposition planned Moscow micro-Maidan in May 2012 – activist

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MOSCOW. March 12 (Interfax) – The convicted Left Front activist, Konstantin Lebedev, who is serving a prison term for organizing the mass disturbances in Moscow in May 6, 2012, told Moscow City Court that he and the other co-accused, Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev – were planning to stage a “micro-Maidan.” “We were prepared for

Protest Crackdowns Illegal, Human Rights Ombudsman Says

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 6, 2014) Russian human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin called crackdowns on unsanctioned opposition protests illegal. According to Russia’s Supreme Court decisions, unauthorized protests were not necessarily illegal, Lukin said, Interfax reported. He added that often the protests pose no disturbance to citizens and that violations should only be pursued

UKRAINE ONLINE POLL: What would be Ukraine’s best course to follow?

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[poll originally posted in late 2013] We would like to hear your opinion about unfolding events in Ukraine and welcome your participation in the following poll. Visitors can vote for up to three choices, and generally can vote once each day.  There also as an option to “fill in the blank.” After you have made

Kremlin to tighten screws in wake of Kiev unrest

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(Moscow News – themoscownews.com – Anna Arutunyan – February 24, 2014) A Moscow court sentenced seven people on Monday to prison terms ranging from one to four years for their roles in protest riots on the city’s Bolotnaya Ploshchad in May 2012, in a ruling seen as an indicator of whether government pressure would increase

Russians Overwhelmingly Oppose Moscow Intervention in Ukraine but Also Say There Won’t be a Maidan in Russia

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, February 24, 2014) More than seven out of ten Russians say that Moscow should not intervene in Ukraine, but at the same time, a slightly larger number say that events like those which have taken place in Ukraine are impossible in the Russian Federation, according to results

Unless Kremlin Learns Lessons of Ukraine, a Russian Maidan is Inevitable, Nemtsov Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, February 23, 2014) Viktor Yanukovich was “100 percent” responsible for the rise of the popular movement that overthrew him, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov says, and unless the Kremlin learns the lessons from what has taken place in Ukraine, “a Russian Maidan is inevitable” and it will

Fearing Persecution, Bolotnoye Suspects Flee Abroad

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Oleg Sukhov – February 19, 2014) When a judge delivers a verdict Friday in the high-profile Bolotnoye case, the defendants’ cage will contain eight people. It might have held dozens more if some of the potential suspects had not fled abroad, fearing unfair prosecution in what many observers call a

Business New Europe: VTsIOM Poll: Russians appalled by aggressive behavior of Maidan activists

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – February 14, 2014) Russians disapprove of Ukrainian protesters who cast stones and bottles of incendiary liquid at the police, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) said. 55% of the respondents condemned the aggressive behavior of Ukrainian demonstrators; 26% admitted their dislike for radically minded Ukrainian opposition activists; 15%

Ethnic Clashes Replacing Political Protests as Dominant Form of Public Activism in Russia, Pain Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, February 13, 2014) Ethnic clashes especially in the regions appear to have displaced political protests in Moscow as the dominant form of activism in the Russian Federation, a trend certain to have dangerous consequences given that the authorities are far less concerned about the former than the

Russian Opposition Envies Ukrainians’ Willingness to Face Bullets

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Oleg Sukhov – February 12, 2014) When Russian anti-government activists look over the border at the political standoff in Ukraine, they can not help but feel pangs of envy. While the anti-Kremlin protests that began in late 2011 sputtered and faded over the course of the year, with few tangible

It’s Bolotnaya, But Not As We Know It

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Tom Balmforth – MOSCOW – February 07, 2014) They’re gearing up to march on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square. Two years ago, protesters rallied there against electoral fraud in the wake of the disputed December 2011 State Duma elections. In May 2012, they clashed with police on the eve of President Vladimir Putin’s

Shadowy Specter Of Russia Hangs Over Rumored ‘Death Squads’ In Ukraine

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org –  laire Bigg and Daisy Sindelar – February 4, 2014) After being kidnapped on January 22, Dmytro Bulatov says he was kept blindfolded for eight days as his abductors beat him, sliced off part of his ear, drove nails through his hands, and finally left him for dead in a forest. Through

Ukraine Unrest Spreading to Russia? Unlikely

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber – January 28, 2014) With violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement in Ukraine showing few signs of diminishing, pro-Kremlin commentators and lawmakers in Russia have issued dramatic warnings about the possibility of unrest spreading across the border. Prominent journalist and television personality Vladimir Solovyov said the clashes

Economist editor claims Putin told Yanukovych to “dip hands in blood”

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – January 24, 2014) Celebrate Economist editor Edward Lucas made one of his more outrageous claims in a paper written for the Central European Policy Institute, alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not only ultimately responsible for the two shooting deaths in Kyiv this week, but somehow ordered’ Ukrainian

Clash of principles will escalate violence and lead to deaths, despotism

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(Business New Europe KYIV BLOG – bne.eu – January 21, 2014) Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych doesn’t concede the right of the protestors on Maidan to demonstrate. The protestors on Maidan don’t concede that Yanukovych is their democratically elected leader, voted in by the people in 2010. This clash has led directly to the escalating violence

Riots sweep Ukraine capital as frustrations boil over

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – January 20, 2014) Months of frustration in the opposition protests against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych boiled over as a leaderless mob fought police and took control of the streets. Tens of thousands of protestors rallied in Independence Square on January 19 in defiance of a set of anti-protest laws

RIA Novosti: U.S. Senate Backs Sanctions Over Ukraine Violence

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WASHINGTON, January 8 (RIA Novosti) ­ The US Senate has called for possible sanctions against individuals responsible for state violence against Ukrainian demonstrators protesting Kiev’s decision to abandon long-awaited trade and political deals with the European Union. “In the event of further state violence against peaceful protestors, the President and Congress should consider whether to

VIDEO & Article: Police Detain Dozens at Protest Calling for Release of Bolotnaya Prisoners

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[scroll down for video] (Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – January 7, 2014) Police detained two dozen protesters who gathered in central Moscow on Monday to demand the release of opposition activists from prison and to denounce the publicity stunts meant to boost Russia’s image ahead of the Sochi Olympic Games. The protesters gathered on Manezhnaya

Body-conscience Russians a lot like Europeans

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Marina Obrazkova, RBTH – January 1, 2014) Russians are traditionally viewed as being harsh and unconcerned about their bodies, but it turns out that this is far from reality. Russians reacted vehemently when the artist Pyotr Pavlensky nailed his genitals to a cobblestone in Moscow’s Red Square in

Half of Ukrainians do not support protests in Kyiv – poll

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KYIV. Dec 30 (Interfax) – Half of Ukrainians – 50% – do not support the ongoing protests for Ukraine’s integration with Europe at Independence Square in Kyiv (known as Euro-Maidan), as is evident from a poll of 2,079 respondents that Research & Branding Group conducted in 24 regions of Ukraine, Crimea, Kyiv, and Sevastopol on

Interfax: Half of Ukrainians see political situation as explosive – poll

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KYIV. Dec 26 (Interfax) – Only about 2% of Ukrainians view the current political situation in the country as stable and nearly half as explosive, the Socis Sociological and Marketing Research Center and the Rating sociological group have found after polling 3,200 respondents older than 18 in all regions of Ukraine on December 7-17, 2013.

Topless FEMEN activist climbs altar in Cologne cathedral during Christmas Mass

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KYIV. Dec 25 (Interfax) – An activist of the feminist movement FEMEN has disrupted a Christmas mass in Kolner Dom, the main cathedral of Cologne, Germany. “The activist climbed the altar of the cathedral in the presence of thousands of people to protest the Vatican propaganda for the criminalization of abortion. The words ‘I AM

RIA Novosti: Over Half of Ukrainians Want Cabinet of Ministers to Resign – ­ Poll

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KIEV, December 26 (RIA Novosti) ­ As protests in Ukraine enter their second month, more than half of Ukrainians want the country’s cabinet of ministers to resign, according to an opinion poll released on Wednesday. Mass protests in downtown Kiev have been ongoing since Kiev stunned Europe on November 21 by announcing that it would

Specter of Soviet Union Haunts Ukraine at Protests

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Oleg Sukhov – KIEV ­ December 25, 2013) As street protests in Kiev over President Viktor Yanukovych’s U-turn on a planned deal with the European Union appear to be waning after several weeks of fervor, one sentiment voiced by pro-EU demonstrators is still ringing in analysts’ ears: “The Soviet Union

Ukraine: What’s behind the protests

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Katerina Ryzhakova, special to RBTH – December 23, 2013) In the battle between east and west, Ukrainians need to closely examine what they really want. The Polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski explained it this way: “The television industry doesn’t like to see the complexity of the world. It

Ukraine Opposition Starts Movement to Sustain Protest Spirit

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Daryna Krasnolutska and Kateryna Choursina – December 23, 2013) Ukraine’s opposition invited anti-government protesters to join a new political movement as it seeks to keep pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych for choosing $15 billion of Russian aid over a European accord. The Maidan movement, which takes its name from the Ukrainian

There Were No Bolotnaya Riots, International Experts Say

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Natalya Krainova – December 19, 2013) An international public commission declared Wednesday that there were no “riots” at the May 2012 opposition protest on Bolotnaya Ploshchad in Moscow, which was dispersed after violence broke out with police, resulting in more than 400 detentions. The commission’s findings were announced as hope

Ukraine Opposition Skeptical of Yanukovych Roundtable Offer

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Olga Tanas, Daryna Krasnolutska and Kateryna Choursina – December 20, 2013) Ukraine’s opposition, determined to keep mass demonstrations alive in Kiev, were skeptical of President Viktor Yanukovych’s offer of a roundtable meeting to settle the month-long political crisis. The meeting, first brought up by Yanukovych yesterday, will start at 3 p.m.

RIA Novosti: Moscow Court Halts Prosecution of Four Accused Rioters

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MOSCOW, December 19 (RIA Novosti) ­ A Moscow court said Thursday that it was halting prosecution of four protesters accused of attacking police last year at an opposition rally that deteriorated into mass riots. The Nikulinsky Court decided to halt the proceedings as part of a sweeping amnesty that is being granted to thousands of

Interview: U.S. Senator McCain Discusses Pro-EU Demonstrations In Ukraine

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – December 18, 2013) U.S. Senator John McCain has accused Russia of trying to block Ukraine’s efforts to join the European Union. Fresh upon his return from witnessing the pro-European Union demonstrations taking place in Kyiv, McCain spoke to RFE/RL’s Golnaz Esfandiari about what may lie ahead for the country. RFE/RL: Senator

Moscow News: The foreign hand behind Ukraine’s protests

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(Moscow News – themoscownews.com – Vicky Pelaez – December 17, 2013) Examine everything you see/Then ask yourself/Who are they this time? (Taras Shevchenko, “The Friendly Epistle”) The protests that broke out in Kiev on November 21 in response to President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to postpone the signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union

A divided Ukraine: Between Russia and the EU

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Gevorg Mirzayan, special to RBTH – December 16, 2013) The crisis over the country’s future intensifies as protesters backing closer ties with Europe bring the barricades back to Kiev’s Maidan Square. Opinion in Ukraine has split in two over whether the country should sign an Association Agreement offering

Pro-government rally in Kyiv highlights division in Ukraine

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Harriet Salem in Kyiv – December 17, 2013) “I am here to support stability, I am here for the future of Ukraine, for my grandchildren,” Anna Egorovna told bne standing in Mariinsky Park. Eregorovna was one of the tens of thousand supporters that arrived in Kyiv over the weekend

Ukraine a land of two halves as Euromaidan moves into third week

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Graham Stack in Kyiv – December 16, 2013) As mass anti-government and pro-EU protests move into their third week in Ukraine, vox pop and opinion polls show the continued high motivation of protestors, but also the stubborn resistance of the east-west geographical fault line that shapes Ukrainian politics. December

Russia Beyond the Headlines/RIA Novosti: Moscow willing to negotiate with Ukraine

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – December 13, 2013 – Nikolay Surkov, RBTH) Putin says there’s room for avoiding a confrontation between the European Union and the Eurasian Union. Seeking to ease tensions and move the discussion on Ukraine in a constructive direction, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Russia is ready to negotiate

Ukraine’s government withdraws riot police from Maidan as protestors dig in for the long haul

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – December 12, 2013) Following the Ukrainian government’s failure to retake Kyiv’s central square Maidan from protestors on the night of December 11, riot police withdrew the next day and demonstrators rebuilt biggest and better barricades using bags of packed snow, corrugated steel and iron bars. There is also clearly

Euromaidan: Can’t Ukraine and Russia just get along?

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(Moscow News – moscownews.com – Anna Arutunyan – December 11, 2013) With thousands still protesting in Kiev’s streets after Ukraine suspended plans to sign a trade association agreement with the European Union, beleaguered Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is still mulling whom to side with for closer economic cooperation – Russia or Europe. Here are six

Ukraine’s ‘Euromaidan’ Through The Lens Of Russian Television

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org –  Claire Bigg – December 9, 2013) Russia’s state-run television channels are not known for their impartiality. Their coverage of the massive pro-European protests that have engulfed Ukraine is no exception, analysts say. Russian state television has been churning out what critics describe as misleading, at times downright odd reports since protests

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