More arrests ahead of Sunday’s rallies

by Sarah Hurst Courts in several regions of Russia handed out jail sentences to Navalny supporters today, as a crackdown ahead of planned protests on Sunday intensified. Navalny’s campaign coordinator in Orsk, Alexei Kozlov, was jailed for five days for refusing to allow police into the local campaign […]

Navalny’s Rostov employees jailed

by Sarah Hurst The coordinator of Alexei Navalny’s headquarters in Rostov-on-Don, Anastasia Deyneka, has been jailed for eight days, and campaign employee Vladimir Kobzev for 10 days. Journalist and campaign employee Timofey Martynenko has been fined 250,000 roubles ($4,421), and campaign employee Leonid Sankin 75,000 roubles ($1,326), OVD-Info […]

Putin takes aim at Navalny’s donations

by Sarah Hurst Transparency is one of the big differences between Alexei Navalny’s election campaign and Vladimir Putin’s, Navalny said on a video today, titled “Navalny vs. Putin: The Difference is the Money.” At the beginning of January Putin already claimed to have the maximum allowable amount of […]

Putin launches Soviet-style website

by Sarah Hurst “A strong president – a strong Russia” is Vladimir Putin’s election slogan, now gracing his new campaign website and billboards all over the country. Remarkably, with very little effort Putin has reportedly already collected 500,000 signatures in his own support, and will continue to collect […]