On the death of Boris Nemtsov
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On the death of Boris Nemtsov

What can, and should, result from this moment of tragedy is a full appraisal of Nemtsov’s work and the fate of the liberal opposition. Continue reading

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What did we learn from Putin’s year-end press conference?
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What did we learn from Putin’s year-end press conference?

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, is staking his future on a narrative of ‘Us’ – the Russian people – versus ‘Them’ – NATO and the West. Ryan Steele explains how Putin used his annual press conference to exploit support for an assertive response to Western sanctions. Besides the oft-quoted rhetorical quips, such as comparing Russia to … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

The news to 17 November 2013 Efforts by the EU to negotiate a settlement to the row over Yulia Tymoshenko’s imprisonment continued, as politicians emphasised the importance of Ukraine signing an Association Agreement at the Vilnius Summit in a week’s time. Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, said that Ukraine’s hopes of greater integration with Europe … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

The news to 21 October 2013 Alexei Navalny, the Moscow mayoral candidate and anti-corruption campaigner, was given a suspended sentence following a conviction for fraud. The charge, widely seen as politically motivated, had been seen as a way of silencing Navalny, but defeat in an apparently honest municipal in Moscow gave the regime a degree … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

The news to 8 September 2013 The government’s candidate won mayoral elections in Moscow, with an expected 52% of the popular vote. Turnout, however, appeared significantly lower than in previous elections, at around 30%. Opposition candidate, Alexei Navalny, won between 29-32% of the vote – a better than expected showing. With a prison sentence due … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

The news to 1 September 2013 Four paintings by Russian artist Konstantin Altunin have been confiscated by the police in St. Petersburg for unspecified reasons. One of them shows Russian president Vladimir Putin in women’s underwear. The artist has left the country to seek political asylum in France. Source: BBC News One of Russia’s richest … Continue reading