Monthly Archives: September 2019

Like Brezhnev’s, language of ‘developed Putinism’ blocks reality from breaking through, Yakovenko says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia “The disintegration of the Soviet Union was prepared during the two decades of ‘developed socialism’” when “the language of the authorities and the media were even less capable of describing reality and ever less similar to the language the population of the country spoke,” Igor Yakovenko says. The language of “developed Putinism” has a

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Russia releases MH17 plane crash suspect back to DPR

Maria Levchenko-Tsemakh, daughter of Vladimir Tsemakh, a suspect in the MH17 case, has published a photo of herself with her father, stating that they are returning to the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). “Well, there is happiness in life, there is justice, there are good people! It’s a bit easier to live now. Hooray, my dears! We’re going home!” the militant’s daughter wrote

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‘Intimidation and robbery’ Police launch nationwide raids against Alexey Navalny’s regional offices, days after ‘Smart Vote’ potentially shifts election results in Moscow

Update: Navalny spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh announced on Twitter that Russian officials have started freezing the personal bank accounts of Navalny’s regional coordinators. So far, officials have targeted staff in Krasnodar, Stavropol, Omsk, Tambov, and St. Petersburg. Police have raided local offices operated by anti-corruption activist and opposition leader Alexey Navalny in 43 cities across Russia, says Anti-Corruption Foundation project manager Leonid Volkov. The only Navalny team offices

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Russian Priests Dump Holy Water From Airplane to Cure ‘Drunkenness and Fornication’

Russian Orthodox priests in the city of Tver have gone to extreme heights to save residents from “drunkenness and fornication,” flying in an airplane to douse the city in holy water from the sky. Metropolitan Savva of Tver and Kashinsky was joined by church representative Father Alexander Goryachev and two other clergymen to perform the aerial blessing Wednesday in honor

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Russia’s Largest Social Network Starts Dating App to Rival Tinder

VKontakte, Russia’s largest social network run by Mail.ru Group Ltd, is starting its own dating app Lovina centered around quick-fire videochats. The Lovina app offers a videochat to users who liked each others’ profiles, or sets a “carousel” of limited-time videochats for random users, in a model similar to speed dating when men and women are rotated across tables to

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Moscow Asks U.S. to Confirm Location of Ex-Official Named as Possible Spy

Russia has asked the United States via Interpol to confirm the whereabouts of a former Kremlin official who Russian media have said may have been a U.S. spy exfiltrated in 2017, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. Zakharova made the comment after U.S. media reports, confirmed to Reuters by two sources, said a CIA informant in the Russian

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Russia Raids Offices and Homes of Navalny Allies

In a nationwide crackdown to prevent discontent in Moscow from spreading to far-flung regions, Russian security forces on Thursday raided and searched hundreds of homes and offices across the country of activists affiliated with the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny. The raids, the biggest operation yet against Mr. Navalny and his supporters, were carried out in more than 40 cities

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