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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.

Vybor Awards

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Every genre of the entertainment world has its own award shows. Theater has the Tony. Movies the Oscars. Music the Grammys. Why not elections? I bet the Russian election is a cesspool of some classic moments. So . . .

For his role in “Take him out . . . And shoot the scoundrel!” the best actor award goes to . . . Vladimir Zhirinovsky!

If anyone else has any Russian Presidential gems send them to awards@seansrussiablog.org. Nominations can be text, video, audio, document, anything. I’ll try to organize a panel of Russia blogger judges. Maybe it is damn time to have an awards.

Here are the categories:

Best Actor
Best Speaker
Best Line
Craziest
Best Propaganda

Best Whiner

Best Villain
Best Hero
Best English Article
Best Russian Article
Stalin Prize
Lenin Prize