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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.

The Evictors

Around Moscow, there’s a whole industry of so-called “black creditors” — microfinance institutions (or MFOs) that swindle and seize debtors’ homes. Ivan Golunov’s investigation for Meduza has discovered that almost 500 apartments have been seized from their owners over the past five years without so much as a court order. In fact, this scheme involves more than simply “squeezing” people from their homes. It is possibly part of a wider, international money-laundering system. Here’s Meduza special correspondent Ivan Golunov on the ins and outs of this industry.

I’m a Three Time Loser

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Wow. You know when you’re doing something right (or wrong) when you get bile thrown at you. After a long silence, the ever loving La Russophobe has once again made me the object of obsession. “Sean Guillory, Three Time Loser” is, well, what you would expect.

If I’m really all the things Miss Bliss says I am, then why waste the column space? If I’m so pathetic and insignificant, then why not just ignore me? I guess I’m a thorn in her side. The funny thing is that I didn’t even know it. I probably wouldn’t have found out about this latest tirade if someone didn’t email it to me. And she calls me a loser!?.

Kim is so obsessed with me that sometimes I really do think that she’s just in love. And that is the scariest thought of all.

Hey, Kim, if you’re reading, thanks for the laugh. And for the plug.