Latest in "Moscow"

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    Published in: oDR
    Fear and loathing in the Moscow suburbs
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    Written by: Daniil Kislov All articles by Daniil Kislov

    An ethnic Russian is killed at a Moscow street market, supposedly by a migrant from the Caucasus; the ensuing riot by nationalist extremists leaves one dead, twenty people injured and hundreds arrested. Daniil Kislov looks at what lies behind the hostility directed at migrant workers in Russia.

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    Governments and ‘soft power’ in international affairs: Britain and the boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics
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    Written by: Paul Corthorn All articles by Paul Corthorn

    A look back ahead of the World Athletic Championships 2013, hosted by Moscow, to that of the 1980 Moscow Olympics when Britain tried and failed to boycott the competition. Why and how did we fail to complete this soft power?

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    Published in: oDR
    Don’t be afraid to turn on the TV!
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    Written by: Zygmunt Dzieciolowski All articles by Zygmunt Dzieciolowski
    Written by: Mumin Shakirov All articles by Mumin Shakirov
    Written by: Natalya Sindeyeva All articles by Natalya Sindeyeva

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB JA X-NONE Most Russian TV outlets are kept under tight Kremlin control.  TV Rain, an independent cable channel, has navigated many rapids in its short existence, but is nonetheless still operating.  Natalya Sindeyeva describes her vision to Mumin Shakirov and Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.

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    Published in: oDR
    Under the capital's streets: a guide to ancient Moscow
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    Written by: Alexander Mozhayev All articles by Alexander Mozhayev

    Moscow, unlike St Petersburg, is an unplanned city that has grown organically over the centuries, and where new developments can still mean the destruction of older buildings of historical interest. A few traces remain, however, from medieval times and even prehistory. Alexander Mozhayev has been investigating them.

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    Published in: oDR
    Prisoner of Bolotnaya square
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    Written by: Ekaterina Loushnikova All articles by Ekaterina Loushnikova

    The ‘March of Millions’ opposition protests in Moscow on May 6 turned into a bloody standoff between demonstrators and riot police. Regional journalist Leonid Kovyazin was one of many arrested still to be released. Ekaterina Loushnikova travelled to a village in Kirov to speak to Leonid’s family, friends and colleagues. 

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    The end of ‘Liberty’
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    Written by: Mumin Shakirov All articles by Mumin Shakirov

    In Soviet days foreign radio stations were a lifeline for people seeking another point of view. They continued broadcasting after the collapse of the USSR, though the BBC Russian Service programmes went online only in 2009. Now US-funded Radio Liberty is closing its doors. Mumin Shakirov, a special correspondent made redundant by the closure, reflects on the passing of an age. 

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    Government — the main source of instability in the northern Caucasus
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    Written by: Alexander Cherkasov All articles by Alexander Cherkasov

    As violence in the north Caucasus hits the headlines again, Alexander Cherkasov sees the roots of the problem in the Russian government’s wilful misunderstanding of local issues and lack of strategy for dealing with them.

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    Turning the tables on Russia’s power elite — the story behind the Magnitsky Act
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    Written by: Bill Browder All articles by Bill Browder

    The murder of the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 looks likely to trigger legislation in the United States which strikes at the heart of Russia’s corrupt elite. Bill Browder, founder of the Hermitage Fund, moving spirit behind the impending Magnitsky Act, tells the story.

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    ‘Pussysteria’, or the awakening of Russia’s conscience
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    Written by: Vladimir Pastukhov All articles by Vladimir Pastukhov

    On 10th July a Moscow court extended the pre-trial detention of three members of feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot, charged with hooliganism after they performed a ‘blasphemous’ and anti-Putin song in the city’s main cathedral in February. Vladimir Pastukhov believes there is much the case tells us about the relations between the Putin government and the Russia’s Orthodox Church.

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    Optimism in diversity? Moscow’s March of Millions
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    Written by: Susanne Sternthal All articles by Susanne Sternthal

    Despite a heavy riot police presence, a spirit of optimism and unity was tangible at Moscow’s ‘March of Millions’ yesterday, says Susanne Sternthal. The self-proclaimed ‘leaders’ of the opposition, on the other hand, were reduced to playing a secondary role.

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    Why are Pussy Riot girls still in prison?
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    Written by: Yelena Fedotova All articles by Yelena Fedotova

    Reaction inside Russia and further afield to the imprisonment of 3 members of a punk rock girl band after their performance in one of Moscow’s cathedrals has been by turns outraged and baffled. The girls are still on remand, awaiting trial for hooliganism (maximum sentence 7 years). One can only hope they will triumph in the end, says Yelena Fedotova

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    Published in: oDR
    The weapon of truth: an independent observer’s view of a non-election
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    Written by: Julia Chegodaikina All articles by Julia Chegodaikina

    The debacle of last December's rigged parliamentary elections convinced many people who had previously been politically unaware to sign up and train as election observers. Sunday’s election saw ten times as many observers turn out. A core of them stuck doggedly to their task despite provocations and numerous attempts to thwart them; for some, like Julia Chegodaikina, life can never be the same again.

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    An election, or a declaration of war?
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    Written by: Tikhon Dzyadko All articles by Tikhon Dzyadko

    Amid growing proof of ‘dirty tricks’ during Sunday’s presidential election, the new Russian government has made it clear that the opposition can expect no concessions. Protesters at rallies in Moscow and St Petersburg have been arrested and subjected to police brutality. Tikhon Dzyadko, a journalist who was at the Moscow rally, looks back at the events of the last few days and considers the future for the protest movement.

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    Moscow on the eve of the presidential election
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    Written by: Rustem Adagamov All articles by Rustem Adagamov

    Rustem Adagamov, writing under the name Drugoi, is Russia’s most popular political blogger. At one time a fan of President Medvedev, who appeared to embrace the Russian internet and its young, dynamic class of active users, Adagamov was brought into the Kremlin fold and given access to cover important events in Medvedev’s schedule. Here he outlines how his trust in the outgoing president vanished and sums up the mood in Russia’s capital just days ahead of the country’s presidential election.

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    Young, brilliant and (so far) politically oblivious
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    Written by: Augusto Come All articles by Augusto Come

    The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) is one of the most prestigious universities in Russia. The School abounds in clever and often rich young students, groomed to be the stars of tomorrow’s elite. Yet this privileged group is also one that has ousted politics from its daily life and — so far at least — has failed to respond to the momentous events currently shaking the country.

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    Published in: oDR
    Small deeds, no politics
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    Written by: Irina Borogan All articles by Irina Borogan
    Written by: Andrei Soldatov All articles by Andrei Soldatov

    Moscow’s protest movement is gathering momentum, bringing in greater numbers and a wider constituency of supporters. What is as yet unclear, however, is whether it has the organisational clout to become a sustained force for change, write Irina Borogan and Andrei Soldatov.

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    The darkness is clearing: Navalny's message to protestors
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    Written by: Alexei Navalny All articles by Alexei Navalny

    Anti-corruption blogger and activist was arrested and jailed for 15 days on Dec. 5, during the first day of protests against the fraudulent Duma election. Navalny coined the now eponymous phrase “Party of Crooks and Thieves,” in referring to the ruling party of United Russia. He wrote this letter from jail.

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    Published in: oDR
    Photostory: Russian civil society re-emerges
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    Written by: Editors of OpenDemocracy Russia All articles by Editors of OpenDemocracy Russia

    On Saturday, almost a week after the Duma elections, Moscow and other Russian cities and regions witnessed the biggest display of popular discontent seen in recent memory. oDR presents a photoreport from the rallies.

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    People's gala at the Bolshoi
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    Written by: Clementine Cecil All articles by Clementine Cecil

    The lengthy and vastly expensive restoration of Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Theatre comes to fruition on 28 October, when there will be an invitation-only gala performance in the presence of President Medvedev. Costs have soared, end dates have been extended and accusations of inefficiency (and corruption) have been rife. The theatre may be opening its doors again, but can it ever be a theatre for all, as it was in Soviet times? Clementine Cecil looks at some of the facts.

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    Mayor Sobyanin and the defence of Moscow’s architecture
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    Written by: Clementine Cecil All articles by Clementine Cecil

    When Sergei Sobyanin was appointed Mayor of Moscow in October last year, many residents had come to loathe his predecessor Yuri Luzhkov’s ability to trade historic architecture for nepotistic building contracts. Sobyanin’s early talk on architectural preservation was tough, reports Clementine Cecil, but is he delivering on his promises?

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