Tag Navalny

Projection, as usual

Putin in Helsinki, August 22, 2019: Russian opposition members were banned from running for Moscow’s legislature because they had submitted “falsified” signatures, President Vladimir Putin has said, playing down the election protests that rocked the capital this summer… “This was…

More on the crisis in Moscow

Max Seddon reported from Moscow for the FT earlier this week: Russian police have arrested opposition leader Alexei Navalny and raided the homes of several of his allies in a sign that the Kremlin is worried about swelling dissent… This…

Slowly but surely

From Tuesday’s press release by the ECHR: In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Navalnyy v. Russia… the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 5 (right to liberty and security),…

Another ECHR ruling in favor of Alexei Navalny

The ECHR’s Grand Chamber published its final judgment in Navalnyy v. Russia yesterday. The Russian opposition leader (whose last name is more often transliterated as Navalny, without the extra “y”) complained that his arrest, detention and administrative conviction on seven…

“He’s not our tsar”

Yesterday, AP reported from Moscow: Russians angered by the impending inauguration of Vladimir Putin to a new term as president protested Saturday in scores of cities across the country — and police responded by reportedly arresting nearly 1,600 of them.…

Not quite there yet

Alexey Navalny’s team not only asked fellow Russians to boycott last Sunday’s farcical election but also invited volunteers to monitor the vote. About sixty thousand volunteered and more than 33,000 were posted at precincts across the country. Even if most…

Another trial in Moscow

Shaun Walker reports from Moscow for The Guardian: A Moscow court has sentenced a former Russian economy minister to eight years in a high-security prison for corruption, in a verdict that is likely to send chills through the Russian elite……

Navalny as Saakashvili

At the annual presidential Q&A session yesterday, a pseudo-opposition quasi-politician asked the Russian president why genuine opposition politicians, including the de-facto opposition leader, had been effectively barred from running in the upcoming 2018 election: Ksenia Sobchak, a socialite-turned-journalist who wants…

A “friend and ally”

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…

He Who Must Not Be Named

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”…