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Russian Socialists in the Struggle for Democracy

For the past few weeks, protests for fair elections in upcoming municipal polls have become weekly in Moscow and St. Petersburg as thousands have defied authorities to attend unsanctioned rallies. The police crackdown has been particularly harsh in Moscow. Protests on July 27 and August 3 resulted in over 2000 detentions. Images of police in riot gear wrestling citizens to the ground and beating peaceful protesters were reminiscent of the mass protests against election fraud in 2011-2012.

Members of the Russian Socialist Movement, a small Marxist, anti-Stalinist organization active in the Russian left, have been participants in local electoral campaigns and in the protests. Two RSM activists, Valeria Kovelishina and Ilya Budraitskis talk about the Russian Socialist Movement, their electoral work, the protests for democracy in Russia and what they might mean for the future.

Witnessing the Collapse of Communism


Roundtable discussion marking the 30th anniversary of the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. Participants include Timothy Garton Ash, Bridget Kendall, and Jens Reich.

Anna Politkovskaya Murdered

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I’m still in Ryazan so this is going to be short. I’m sure all of you have heard about Anna Politovskaya murder in her apartment building lift yesterday. I saw it on NTV news last night, where it is a major headline. Video camera’s caught images of the alleged assailant. NTV didn’t beat around the bush and called it a political murder. No doubt. A short while ago, I caught a news report on the radio that said the same thing. We can all guess why she was murdered given her coverage of Chechnya. The question now is who. More to follow in the coming days after I return to Moscow and a decent internet connection.

I also haven’t be able to follow the comments section. So apologies for my silence.