Tag: Election

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 […]

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 […]

Navalny’s appeal rejected

by Sarah Hurst Alexei Navalny was brought to a Moscow court in handcuffs for his appeal against his 20-day prison sentence today, surrounded by uniformed guards. A crowd of journalists tried to get into the courtroom, but only one or two were allowed in. The courtroom was already […]

Leonid Volkov released – and arrested

by Sarah Hurst Unexpectedly, Alexei Navalny’s campaign chief Leonid Volkov was released from prison this morning, a few days into his 20-day sentence. Volkov was sentenced along with Navalny for “calling for unauthorised rallies” and had announced a hunger strike. There was speculation on social media that the […]

Navalny’s message from prison

Blog post by Alexei Navalny translated by Sarah Hurst Original: https://navalny.com/p/5576/ What’s happening and what to do In fact it’s clear. It really is possible to win an election against them. And this would have been obvious to anyone who travelled with us around the regions. To tell the […]

Raid in St. Petersburg

by Sarah Hurst This afternoon police in St. Petersburg raided Alexei Navalny’s campaign headquarters in St. Petersburg. They forced volunteers and journalists out of the premises and held coordinator Polina Kostyleva inside for several hours. Apparently they were trying to decide whether to charge her with disobeying police […]

What are Alexei Navalny’s policies?

Banking Navalny has criticised the government for rescuing failing banks with taxpayers’ money. Business Navalny promises to reduce taxes on small business and regulation and make Russia’s economy less dependent on oil and gas. He would also cancel the Plato lorry drivers’ tax that sparked mass protests. Chechnya […]