Ilya Yashin’s evolution from protest leader to persecuted dissident mirrors the metamorphosis of Putin’s “managed democracy” into a totalitarian state.
What Russia’s Protests Mean For Putin’s Opposition
If Alexei Navalny was one of many opposition figures during the winter of 2011-2012, Sunday’s protests have established him as today’s undisputed leader.
Killing a Dissident’s Dream
By denouncing the war in Ukraine, Boris Nemtsov inspired the same hatred as Andrei Sakharov had by opposing the invasion of Afghanistan.
How War in Ukraine Led to Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov’s Death
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia isn’t about ethnicity or language — it’s about the kind of country that people want to live in.
Between the Present and the Future
Despite police raids on the homes of protest leaders, a new law raising fines for demonstrators and violence at the last big rally, tens of thousands of Muscovites once again took to the streets to vent their anger with Vladimir Putin.
Putin’s Shadow Looms Over Mayoral Race in Olympic City of Sochi
Vladislav Funtyakov, a member of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, is losing the faith. When the Sochi city councilman tried to enter the mayoral race in his hometown, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, his application was rejected.
Moscow Sees Off Winter
Last week Vladimir Putin recalled the heroic defense of Moscow against Napoleon in an effort to rally supporters. But it’s too late. Putin has already lost Russia’s capital.