Posts Tagged ‘Navalny’

  1. A “friend and ally”

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    October 18, 2017 by AK

    News from the ECHR: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny and his brother Oleg were unfairly convicted of financial crimes at trial in the so-called Yves Rocher case in 2014. In an October 17 ruling, the ECHR said that Russian courts handed down “arbitrary and manifestly …
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  2. He Who Must Not Be Named

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    September 17, 2017 by AK

    For years, senior Russian officials avoided mentioning Alexey Navalny’s name on TV and in the press. It was hardly a sign of self-confidence and strength. This last Tuesday, Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s op-ed appeared in The New York Times urging Russian “democrats” to adopt the goals and  priorities he favors (thanks to Tim Newman for pointing out …
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  3. June 12 protests

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    June 12, 2017 by AK

    Jim Heintz and Natalia Vasilyeva report from Moscow Thousands of anti-government activists challenging President Vladimir Putin’s rule were protesting across Russia on Monday, with police arresting main opposition leader Alexei Navalny outside his Moscow home before he could reach the main demonstration and scores of others. It seems we’re talking about tens of thousands across the …
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  4. Russistan’s blasphemy law?

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    May 11, 2017 by AK

    Observer.com, formerly the New York Observer, reports from Russia: Thursday morning in a Moscow courtroom, YouTuber Ruslan Sokolovsky was sentenced to three and a half years probation for an August stunt in which he filmed himself playing Pokémon Go in church. In a Yekaterinburg courtroom, if I remember correctly. Sokolovsky’s YouTube channel had about 280,000 …
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  5. “The largest coordinated outpourings of dissatisfaction” since 2011-12

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    March 26, 2017 by AK

    Good reporting by Howard Amos, a Moscow-based freelancer, and Jim Heintz of Associated Press. Russians are taking to the streets under anti-corruption slogans, and not just in Moscow and St. Petersburg: Navalny and his Foundation for Fighting Corruption had called for the protests, which attracted crowds of hundreds or thousands in most sizeable Russian cities, …
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  6. The ECHR on disjointed trials and res judicata

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    February 11, 2017 by AK

    Wednesday’s predictable but nevertheless bizarre re-conviction of Navalny and Ofitserov makes one wonder how the court managed the seemingly insurmountable barriers such as the absence of the corpus delicti and the ECHR’s ruling. It’s especially puzzling if, as Navalny has observed, at least some of the ruling was pasted straight from the 2013 original, complete with the …
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  7. What did the groundhog see?

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    February 8, 2017 by AK

    It’s Groundhog Day for the Russian opposition and its informal leader: Alexei Navalny said the verdict at the retrial was copied word for word from his first conviction… As the judge read out the guilty verdict on Wednesday, Navalny tweeted out pages from the original verdict to support his claim that it had been copied word for …
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  8. The flip side

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    January 31, 2017 by AK

    “The witch has lost: now everything is permitted” seems to be the operative motto of the day in the Kremlin and its environs. Thus, the de-facto leader of the opposition – the only opposition politician with presidential potential – is to be further harassed and, possibly, imprisoned on transparently bogus charges. Russia’s long slide to misery has …
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  9. Making sense of it all when “you can’t believe a single word”

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    November 15, 2016 by AK

    According to Radio Free Europe – Radio Liberty (here’s a report from the BBC): Russia’s economic development minister [Alexei Ulyukayev] has been charged with large-scale bribe taking and placed under house arrest following his detention overnight in a case that has sent shock waves through the country’s ruling elite. It appears to be a case of trumped-up …
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  10. The chance of losing may be 99% if you vote. It’s 100% you don’t.

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    September 20, 2016 by AK

    More notes on last Sunday’s Duma election in Russia. The elephant in the room. Alexei Navalny – the de-facto opposition leader in my view, although not in everyone else’s – was barred from running, as was his party. The silence of the urbanites. In the previous post, I called Russian non-voters political idiots, but in …
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