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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.

Politkovskaya Case Will Soon Go to Court

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The state newspaper Rossiiskaya gazeta announced yesterday that the Anna Politkovskaya murder case will soon go to court.

An official representative from the Investigation Committee saidthat charges have been made against three people: Sergei Khadzhikurbanov (he bought the murder weapon), and Dzhabrail and Ibrahim Makhmudov (they were accomplices).  Former FSB agent Pavel Riaguzov, who is accused abusing his position and extortion, was already charged.  The General Prosecutor plans on submitting the investigative material to the court by the end of the week.  The case could be tried either in a Moscow city court or a military court said Murad Musaev, the defendants lawyer.

This however is only part of the case.  Rustam Makhmudov, the suspected triggerman, is still on the loose and believed to be hidiing n Western Europe.  Who ordered the hit still remains a mystery.

The editors of Novaya gazeta, which is conducting its own investigation, has yet to officially comment.  However, one unnamed colleague of Politkovskaya’s told Moskovskii komsomolets that the court case “could reveal some extremely interesting facts.” We shall see.

The second anniversary of Politkovskaya’s murder will be on 6 October. There is no doubt that the filing of charges is intended to coincide with it. Call it a preemptive PR strike by the General Prosecutor’s office.