Tag Archives: human rights

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 16, 2014

TODAY: Ukraine tensions mount as army clashes with pro-federalists in Kramatorsk; 11 dead; Putin lambasts Kiev’s actions; U.S. sees clear Russian involvement in the standoff. The financial cost of keeping Crimea; zero economic growth on the horizon; slumping stocks.  ‘The country is on the threshold of a civil war‘: Prime Minister Medvedev’s Facebook comment on […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 20, 2014

TODAY: Death toll continues to mount in Kiev; Lavrov berates West for meddling; Pussy Riot whipped in Sochi performance; the costs of hosting the Olympics; credit rating drop and ruble free fall; blogging crackdown. A tentative ‘truce’ reached between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders in Kiev was quickly broken when nine protesters were shot dead in the space […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 16, 2014

TODAY: Central banker cries ‘stagflation’; Foreign Ministry slams EU society and economy; OECD slams Russian business climate; proposed law would allow police to search without warrant; Rosneft losing Yukos cases; Navalny asset seizure was lawful, says court; PhosAgro gets Japan loan. According to a top Russian central banker, the country is facing a mix of […]

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The Madness of Dissent

Mikhail Kosenko has been convicted for 'calling for mass riots'

In a disturbing imitation of Soviet practices, one of the Bolotnaya Square protesters, Mikhail Kosenko, was recently sentenced by a court to be committed against his will for punitive psychiatric care, with the clear message being sent to any other young people in Russia feeling rebellious: dissent is “crazy.”

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 19, 2013

TODAY: Navalny released from custody in surprise move; thousands of protestors gather in Moscow in support of leader; criticisms of verdict pour in; what future for the opposition movement? Markets react nervously; Obama keeps Russia guessing on travel plans; WTO dispute deepens.    Up to 6,000 people have gathered in Moscow in unauthorised protests against […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 20, 2013

TODAY: St. Petersburg’s gay rights supporters outnumbered by Orthodox protesters; E.U. appeals to Russia over human rights; U.S. condemns Russian missile shipment to Syria; alleged spy Fogle leaves Russia; Supreme Court to hear Khodorkovsky appeal; Navalny’s father summoned; Synertech arrest; Gazprom’s crisis; robocops. A sanctioned gay rally held in St. Petersburg on Friday lasting just […]

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 8, 2012

TODAY: Russia and U.S. put differences aside to discuss Syria; agree on calling international conference on the problem state; Kerry meets rights activists; three more added to foreign agent list. Putin attacks cabinet performance; corruption looms over Russia’s economy; Alexander Lebedev granted London visit; prison break. Following talks during which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry […]

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Time for International Action on Zambia


It is time to acknowledge that Zambia’s democracy is in crisis. The government willingly breaks the law and is set on destroying the competitive multiparty system. It is time for international action before it is too late.

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Zambia’s Attack on Freedom of Expression


In Zambia today, the PF believes that it is illegal for you to have an opinion. You can be considered a “criminal” for disagreeing with the president, and apparently, you can face jail time if you dare to voice that criticism.

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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 18, 2012

TODAY: New rights council unveiled, plans to lobby Western governments; Pussy Riot member offers insight into jail; Potanin named CEO of Norlisk as Abramovich intervention calls time on dispute. 2011 capital flight figures revised; arms sales boom. Amnesty decries gay propaganda law; state duma will consider banning U.S. adoptions of Russian children. Russia has a […]

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