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Navalny Supporters Under Siege

Navalny Bros Under Siege

BREAKING: Police in Moscow are storming an apartment where supporters of the Russian opposition’s mayoral candidate in Moscow, Alexey Navalny, are holed up. Apparently, the authorities suspect that the apartment is an “illegal campaign headquarter.” The police has no search warrant.

A few moments ago, police were hacking away at the door with a sledgehammer and a chainsaw. Oleg Kozlovsky, Board Member of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum, is one of the people inside the apartment. Oleg is tweeting live (in Russian), and there is live video feed from the scene.


Winter Olympics in the Subtropics

Sochi 2014 Report

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and Solidarity activist Leonid Martynyuk have published a report detailing allegations of rampant corruption in the preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Kerkko Paananen, Chairman of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM), translated the report into English, with help from Catherine Fitzpatrick at the excellent Interpreter Magazine. The original report is available in Russian and the full translation in English on the Putin.Itogi website.


Political Defiance in Today’s Russia

In December 2011, tens of thousands of Russians went to the streets of Moscow and other cities to protest fraud at recent parliamentary elections. This was a shock to the regime as well as the opposition even though both had long been preparing for mass demonstrations.


Putins sju skruvar

"På två månader har Putin hunnit få gjort mer än hans ställföreträdare på presidentposten, Dmitrij Medvedev på fyra år", skriver Kalle Kniivilä. "Medvedev talade vackert om frihet men gjorde mest som storebror Putin sade. […] Den gällande sanningen i ryska statsstyrda medier är att både upproren i arabvärlden och den stora protestvågen i Ryssland är resultat av utländsk inblandning. I långa smutskastningsinslag på bästa sändningstid utmålas oppositionsaktivister som amerikanska – eller ibland svenska – agenter. En ny lag som officiellt döper om medborgarorganisationer som arbetar för demokrati till “utländska agenter” är den största av de sju skruvar som Vladimir Putin dragit åt."

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Manifesto of Free Russia


Russia’s united opposition movement has signed a “Manifesto of Free Russia,” which was first published in the blog of Boris Nemtsov, one of the leaders of the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS). The manifesto outlines steps to free Russia of Vladimir Putin and his regime, and what to do after he is gone. The manifesto was read at the Russia Day demonstration in Moscow on 12 June 2012. Below, Jenya Belyaeva’s English translation of the manifesto:

“Putin’s Voodoo Is Gone”

Russian music critic and journalist Artemy Troitsky gave an interview to the Finnish publishing house, Into Kustannus, which publishes the Finnish edition of Novaya Gazeta. Speaking on the eve of renewed pro-democracy demonstrations planned for 24 December 2011, Mr Troitsky spoke about the change in the Russian people’s protest mentality, the dismal state of the country’s political party system, and the impending collapse of Vladimir Putin’s regime. Below, an edited transcript of Mr Troitsky’s comments.


Opposition Leader Held for Protest Attempt


Russian opposition leader Sergey Udaltsov has been in detention in Moscow since 4 December 2011, solely for attempting to lead peaceful protests against alleged election fraud. Amnesty International considers Mr Udaltsov, leader of the political movement, Left Front, a prisoner of conscience, who should not be detained at all. He is in need of medical treatment and should be released without delay, the organisation demands.