Tagged: Human rights

British diplomats and activists attacked in Russia

This weekend marked yet another not particularly glorious episode in Russo-British relations, as one diplomat and two (well known) British gay rights activists were attacked in separate incidents. First in line for a battering...

Russian blogs under legal threat?

Russian blogs under legal threat?

Interesting post at Publius Pundit about a loophole in the law that could mean Russian bloggers being held to the same standards as fully fledged media publications. Publius worries that this could lead to...

Khodorkovsky sent to prison in Siberia, plans to complete PhD

Khodorkovsky sent to prison in Siberia, plans to complete PhD

Following his sentencing, ex-Yukos boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been sent to a jail in Siberia – YaG-14/10 to be precise, which is near Chita. His co-defendant, Platon Lebedev has been sent to a prison...

Closed cities from the inside

Closed cities from the inside

Last week I wrote about the disgraceful number of closed cities in Russia, another of those leftovers from an anarchic age that Russia remains addicted to, despite (or perhaps because of) the restrictions it...

Closed cities and the Democratic Deficit

Closed cities and the Democratic Deficit

If you thought that the demise of the Soviet Union meant the demise of closed, or secret cities, then you’d be wrong. Today, it is thought that there are up to forty closed cities...

Solider Nixon

Solider Nixon

What happens when you try to buy Russian literature in small town Queensland? So I asked the old half-deaf biddy in the second hand bookshop if she had any books by Solzhenitsyn. “Soldier Nixon,...

Russia demands OSCE reforms

Russia demands OSCE reforms

OSCE delegates are considering a raft of Russian proposals to make the organisation ‘more effective.’  Russia effectively held a gun to the OSCE’s head a year ago, when it threatened to withold it’s budget...