Month: October 2017

Putin ramps up fright factor

by Sarah Hurst Kremlin retribution against Alexei Navalny’s top campaigners and supporters is intensifying. This morning the head of Navalny’s Moscow headquarters, Nikolai Lyaskin, was greeted at home by police blocking his car and demanding that he accompany them to the station. He did so and was held […]

Navalny holds three more rallies

By Sarah Hurst Alexei Navalny held three more election rallies this weekend, in Ivanovo, Kursk and Tambov. The Kremlin apparently wants to view some rallies to see how they go while at the same time maintaining pressure on Navalny himself and anyone who campaigns for him. Today several […]

Ksenia Sobchak hits back hard

by Sarah Hurst Ksenia Sobchak defied critics at a press conference today, putting forward a strong position and insisting that she is running for president because she wants to live in Russia and cares about its future. She started impressively by showing a video about political prisoners, including […]

Alexei Navalny is back

by Sarah Hurst Alexei Navalny was released from prison this morning after serving a 20-day sentence, and went straight to the offices of his Foundation for Fighting Corruption, where he stopped briefly before flying to Astrakhan in southern Russia for an election rally in the evening. To celebrate […]

Protester gets two-year sentence

  By Sarah Hurst Opposition activist Alexei Politikov was sentenced to two years in prison today for allegedly injuring police captain Alexander Shvetsov during the anti-corruption rally in Moscow on March 26. His supporters in court shouted “Shame!” when the sentence was read. Politikov, 45, received no leniency […]

Ksenia Sobchak makes Kremlin happy

By Sarah Hurst Supporters of Alexei Navalny greeted Ksenia Sobchak’s announcement today that she was running for president primarily with disgust. The 35-year-old TV presenter and socialite whose late father Anatoly was Putin’s boss in St. Petersburg (and died in questionable circumstances) had been hinting at a run […]

ECHR compensation

by Sarah Hurst The European Court of Human Rights ruled today that the conviction of Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg for embezzlement in the so-called “Yves Rocher case” in 2014 was unfair and that the Russian government should pay them compensation of 55,000 euros and 28,000 euros […]

Punishing protesters

By Sarah Hurst The protests across Russia on October 7 attracted media attention worldwide, but now that interest has waned, arrests and trials are happening continuously. The website OVD-Info that monitors politically-motivated arrests has published a regional rundown of what’s happened so far in the wake of the […]

Navalny’s message to protesters

Translated by Sarah Hurst Original: For now I only know about how the actions of October 7 went from what the radio broadcasts. But even so it’s clear to me: only you move the country forward – those who came out onto the streets yesterday or participated in […]