October 31, 2012

The New Russian Police State

Masha Gessen, Latitude

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It was a week of prison news. On Oct. 21, a leftist street activist leaving a Moscow court that had just sanctioned his arrest shouted out: “I was tortured!” Over the next two days, details of Leonid Razvozzhayev’s ordeal emerged as human rights activists visited him in jail to record his story.

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Dinner with Vladimir Putin
Mary Dejevsky, The Independent
Mary Dejevsky is granted a rare audience with Vladimir Putin over dinner at the Russian President's official residence near Moscow. more ››
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Putin's Pride Has No Price Tag
Michael Bohm, Moscow Times
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October 23, 2012
Russia's Stagnant Authoritarianism
Jamestown Foundation
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New Putinism: Nationalism + Orthodox Church
Max Fisher, WorldViews
Two recent stories offer a revealing  — and, to some, unsettling — view of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s emerging state ideology. The new Putinism, you might call it, seems to be a fusion of two older... more ››
October 29, 2012
Putin's Russia: Back in the USSR
The Guardian
The president's crackdown will do nothing to tackle the source of his problems: a corrupt and unreformable system of government. more ››