Rights

The Let’s Pretend Game

This week’s Russia! Magazine column, “The Magnitsky Minstrelsy“: The passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 last December sent US-Russia

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A Worker’s Struggle

This translation is originally published on N+1 Magazine In August 2012, the magazine Russian Reporter published a long, detailed article on Valentin Urusov, a diamond

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More on Kyrgyzstan

I haven’t done an update on Kyrgyzstan in several days.  While things seemed to have calmed in the southern part of the country, tensions are

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In Russia, Journalist = Protester

According to Vremya Novosti, the local court in Tver district in Moscow set a “precedent which threatens to turn into new accusations that the Russian government is violating civil freedoms.” Not only is holding non-permitted gatherings consider illegal, now it’s also verboten for journalists to cover them. “According to the [court’s] ruling, journalists, who enter unsanctioned protests or marches to make their reports are equated with the participants in these protests and violators of the law.” Basically, the government now has the legal means to test the philosophical question: if a protest occurs and it’s not in the news, did it really occur? This is one more verification that the powers that be are the true postmodernists.

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The Kirov Law at 75

Yesterday, December 1, was 75 years since the assassination of Sergei Kirov, the first secretary of the Leningrad Party Organization, and Stalin ally.  It was

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