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Russia’s elections that weren’t

Gubernatorial elections in several Russian regions could have been quite competitive. But with a presidential campaign approaching, the Kremlin can’t even muster the courage for a fair race. RU

Russia’s eco-activists: not out of the woods yet

It’s Russia’s Year of Ecology. But as these activists tell us, campaigning on environmental and urban issues is far from a walk in the park. RU

Fighting back, in the back of beyond

Across Russia, active citizens are fighting for their neighbourhoods, livelihoods and against systemic corruption. The moment when these agendas meet will be an important one.

The decorative deputies of the North Caucasus

As a recent scandal in the North Caucasus shows, there are jobs for the boys at all levels of Russia’s power vertical. Русский

The new casualties of Russia’s war on terror

The death of a man imprisoned for allegedly encouraging others to fight for Islamic State has cast light on murky killings dismissed as part of Russia's “war on terror”. RU

Putin Country

As authoritarian control and renewed superpower tension dominate headlines, telling stories of Russia’s everyday heroes can reveal lost alternatives.

Kalmykia’s long goodbye

Seventy years after their horrific mass deportation by Stalin, the Kalmyk people still live with its traumas. RU

We’ll be living with this for a long time

In Ekaterinburg, one person in every 50 is HIV positive. A report from the frontline of what some people are calling Russia’s HIV epidemic. Русский

Russia’s reluctant elections

The results may be predictable, but Russia’s parliamentary elections hint at the next stage of regime mobilisation.

Who owns women’s bodies in Dagestan?

A recent scandal over female genital mutilation reveals how, for Russia’s Muslims, “universal values” are just another instrument of a repressive regime. RU

The green shoots of Russian grassroots activism (part 2)

Our story on Russia’s grassroots activism continues. From Moscow’s parks to federal highways, ordinary citizens learn the power of protest  and of solidarity.

The green shoots of Russian grassroots activism

What do two Moscow parks and a truck drivers’ trade union have in common? They have been the focus of protests that have shown that the Russian public may be losing its traditional passivity.

Happy 25th birthday, TV-2, or the rise and fall of independent Russian TV

This month TV-2, an independent TV channel in the Siberian city of Tomsk, turns 25 years old. It hasn’t been on the air for 18 months. Русский

Outrage and outsourcing in Russian healthcare

The doctor is out. Hunger strikes, mistreatment of patients and general desperation are beginning to seem like a feature – as opposed to a bug – of Russia’s healthcare system. Русский

Russia’s regions: federalism and its discontents

Creating the appearance of stability is the Russian political elite’s primary goal. Yet colonial-like rule over the country’s regions, combined with a lack of civic activity, harms the Kremlin’s legitimacy on the ground. RU

The pitchforks are coming

Farm workers in the depths of southern Russia are hardly a protest constituency, but corruption and corporate raids have pushed them to the brink. They may even take their grievances to Moscow — by tractor. Русский

The Mordovian candidate

As the economic crisis hits Russia’s regions, Samara’s governor is trying to hold on to the kingdom he’s built for himself.

 

Terrorism and Russia’s power vertical

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Russia has been conducting a war on terror for 15 years. No wonder counter-terror is a part of the country’s system of governance. RU

Four Russias: the new political reality

Uneven modernisation has left its mark on Russia, and the authorities are only too happy to exploit it. What does the future hold for Russia’s regional divide? Русский

These hills are ours

In Bashkortostan, the hills are alive with the sound of limestone quarrying. Now local civil society is taking on one of Russia’s largest chemical consortia. Русский

COP21: stories from Russia’s indigenous peoples

At the UN's recent climate change conference in Paris, Russia's indigenous peoples told stories of how climate change is affecting them and how they are increasingly coming into conflict with mining companies. Русский

We need to find the common ground between climate change and civil society

To combat Russia’s industrial polluters, public indifference and limits on NGO activity, we need to link climate change and civil society. Русский

 

Media responsibility in the age of terror

Professor Katrin Nyman-Metcalf, and journalists Rita Chinyoka and Nadezhda Azhgikhina discuss feeding terror, hate speech, and the responsibilities of mainstream media, at the World Forum for Democracy.

The Samara Three: what we know

Three bloggers have been arrested in Samara, Russia on suspected extortion charges. The ripples from the arrest are spreading fast. на русском языке

 

For the Don Cossacks, Russia’s Civil War is not yet over

The commemoration of a massacre of Cossacks by the British Army in Austria 70 years ago has opened a can of worms in their Russian heartland. на русском языке

Finding a place for Zhenya

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Natalya’s youngest son Zhenya will soon be six. He is a child with a difference, and Natalya needs to make a choice about where to send him to school. на русском языке

 

The opposition's last mandate

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Deputies of the Pskov regional assembly are attempting to remove a colleague from their ranks—opposition lawmaker and journalist Lev Shlosberg. 

Выборы в районные советы Самары: репортаж

Нарушения, отказы и махинации с бюджетниками. Выборы в Самаре прошли небезынтересно.

 

Калмыкия: Как оставаться нищим, сидя на нефтяной трубе

Трубопровод Тенгиз-Новороссийск должен был принести процветание в Калмыкию. Но многие местные жители так этого и не дождались. English

Russia is swimming in oil

Russia’s oil industry lacks the infrastructure to avoid spills and leaks; and the environmental consequences are horrific.

 

Samara’s governor takes aim at higher education

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Down in Samara on the Volga river, the city’s higher education institutions are facing cuts and closure. And many people are far from happy.

Russia’s last independent mayor is going down fighting

Galina_Shirshina_speech_stand СС Vladimir Larionov.jpgIn Petrozavodsk, Karelia, the conflict between Russia’s last independent mayor and the governor has turned nasty. The political fallout could reach the Kremlin.

Kadyrov and Putin: parallel lives

RIA Kadyrov Putin 2 (c) Aleskei Nikolsku.jpgWhile Vladimir Putin has given Ramzan Kadyrov a free hand in Chechnya, the relationship between Moscow and Grozny is far more complicated than it first appears.

 

Anarchism, Russian-style

Kolions.jpgThe village of Kolionovo has a reputation for independent mindedness and upsetting the authorities. Now they’ve created their own currency - the koliony.

 

Samizdat in Samara

RIAN_00093275.LR_.ru_.jpgValery Pavlukevich, who recently passed away, was a regular contributor to oDR. In his last appearance on these pages, he tells Michael Lawrence about the samizdat scene in his home city of Kuibyshev, now Samara.

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