The Guardian publishes an opinion editorial by Lyudmila Alexeeva, chairwoman of the Moscow Helsinki Group, writing that the Kremlin has decided to destroy Russia’s civil society for daring to raise its head in protest against government repression and to demand fair elections and respect for the constitution.
The Moscow Times publishes an opinion editorial by Daniel Treisman, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, writing that even if the Russian independent polling station, the Levada Centre, were to comply and register as a "foreign agent," which is understandably out of the question, this would certainly not end the organi
In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times, Ekho Moskvy radio political talk show host Yulia Latynina bemoans the minuscule size of the third estate in Russia, which forms the core of the grass-roots protest movement.
In a comment piece in The Moscow Times, Nikolai Petrov, a scholar in residence at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, argues that the Russian authorities are afraid of elections and of the scandals resulting from the Kremlin's manipulation of elections.
In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times political analyst Georgy Bovt says that without USAID, the Kremlin will be able to slow down, or even stop, the development of many important civil-society initiatives. But this will be a Pyrrhic victory.
An article in The Moscow Times by reporter Nikolaus von Twickel writes that Russia’s first popular gubernatorial elections are due next month, but it is clear already that none of the five regions holding them will see political upheaval.
In an opinion editorial in The New York Times, Sasha Senderovich, a visiting assistant professor of Russian and East European studies at Lafayette College, contends that a summer of idealism is blossoming in Russia.
In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times, political analyst, Georgy Bovt, says that if the Kremlin thinks that it can stigmatise NGOs by arbitrarily labelling them "foreign agents," it is dead wrong.