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Letter to President of Cameroon Paul Biya on Mass Arrests of Protesters and Violations of Human Rights

Robert Amsterdam has published the following open letter to the President of Cameroon Paul Biya following the documented arbitrary arrests of 593 people. In an attempt to suppress the political activism of the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement, the regime has also moved against two associates of Professor Kamto who were not even actively participating in […]

Departures Podcast with Andrei Soldatov

assassinations of prominent dissidents, including the nuclear poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in London, Sergei Skripal in Salisburg, the most recent poisoning of Alexei Navalny presumably in Siberia followed by his recovery in Germany, have come to shape global perceptions of Russia – perhaps based in fear, but also characterized by instability. Andrei Soldatov, one of […]

Open Letter to President of Cameroon Paul Biya

Following the appointment of Amsterdam & Partners LLP by Maurice Kamto and the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM), Robert Amsterdam is sending the following open letter to President Paul Biya to put government officials on notice that any violations of human rights of protesters participating in tomorrow’s nationwide marches will result in a full range of […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 24, 2020

Today in Russia: Michael Calvey’s chance at release looks dim as authorities fear embarrassment of about-face; EU to Lukashenko: “so-called president”; Lukashenko’s closed-door inauguration leads to more clashes; Russia reports highest COVID-19 spike since July; TikTok admits it deleted Russian LGBT videos at Russian government request; Prigozhin’s Central African interests also sanctioned by US; US Amb Sullivan on Navalny and critical staff shortage; Russian counterpart responds to FinCEN leak

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 23, 2020

Today in Russia: Yandex to buy Tinkoff bank; Navalny discharged from hospital, Kremlin says he is free to return to Russia and wishes him speedy recovery; Lukashenko inaugurated for new term in closed-door ceremony, Tikhanovskaya and 5 EU countries reject Lukashenko as legitimate president; Putin “cannot believe” that Paris leaked an audio recording of the Putin-Macron discussion about Navalny; CIA reportedly reduces Russia reporting to the White House, fearing Trump anger about negative reports; Putin says salaries below the minimum wage are unacceptable

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – September 22, 2020

Today in Russia: Pompeo says US will respond to Navalny poisoning once “all the the facts are available”; Navalny says Novichok was found “in and on” his body; Zelensky accuses Russia of trying to divide the world; Dmitry Trenin on Russia’s relationships with allies; Russia’s censor wants to make it easier on itself by banning latest encryption tools; Russian patients show no symptoms in Chinese vaccine trials; FinCEN tracking Russian domestic banking transactions; Putin may appoint Senators using presidential quota for first time

Departures Podcast with Barry Buzan

For many years now, China and Japan have not enjoyed very good relations. In fact, highly volatile and emotional issues of territory, history, and identity have escalated dangerously. But are these historical issues largely a political construction, and do in fact the two nations have more in common in terms of interests and history than […]