On 12 June, 2009 two activists with the Other Russia coalition were assaulted and beaten up by the police in the town of Rostov-on-Don located in the South of Russia. It was pre-emptive measure to disrupt the planned rally “Russia against Putin”. It didn’t matter that the organizers had received the authorization from the city administration. It didn’t deter police force from open assault.
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SERPUKHOV, Moscow Region — Yury Chervochkin had no Internet connection at his apartment in this industrial town 100 kilometers south of Moscow where he lived with his mother and younger brother.
So when the 22-year-old opposition activist was released from police custody on the evening of Nov. 22, 2007, he went straight to the Internet cafe Portal in the center of town to post an account of his detention on an opposition blog community.
A Moscow court on Monday convicted an opposition activist of being a member of the banned National Bolshevik Party, a ruling the radical youth group said could spark a wave of similar convictions.
The Arbat District Magistrates Court convicted Murmansk resident Andrei Nikitin, 20, of participating in a group banned for extremist activities and handed him a one-year suspended sentence with two years probation, Moscow City Court spokeswoman Anna Usachyova said.
Opposition groups release a new collection of protest songs.
Russian rock music, which was in didactic opposition to the Soviet Union before its fall in the early 90s, has lately tended to compromise with the increasingly authoritarian Kremlin rather than challenge it.
Some leading Russian rock figures, for instance, entertained the Kremlin-backed youth movement Nashi at its summer camp on Lake Seliger in 2005 and 2006 as well as performed on Red Square to celebrate the election of Dmitry Medvedev to the presidency on March 2 this year. (more…)
Police raided the apartment of an activist with the banned National Bolshevik Party on Thursday and confiscated a computer and several books by opposition leader Eduard Limonov, a spokesman for the opposition coalition The Other Russia said.
Police entered the apartment of activist Maxim Gasovich in southern Moscow at around 9 a.m. in search of fellow opposition activist Darya Isayeva, who is being investigated on suspicion of extremism for a stunt in a Yolki-Palki restaurant last month, spokesman Alexander Averin said. (more…)
After 11 years of providing Moscow readers with investigative journalism, irreverent commentary, and sophomoric gags, the English-language newspaper the “The eXile” is closing down after investors fled in the face of a government inspection of the paper’s content.
The alternative tabloid — known for its Gonzo-style journalism on drugs, sex, politics, and the seamier side of Moscow nightlife — announced the closure in a blog posted on its website on June 11.
The paper’s demise, and the investors’ flight, was sparked by a visit on June 6 by inspectors from the Federal Service for Mass Media, Telecommunications, and the Protection of Cultural Heritage.
It began inauspiciously. On a frozen afternoon in late November, as Moscow was draped with blocklong plastic billboards, banners and flags, each proclaiming a variation on a single theme — “POBEDA PUTINA — POBEDA ROSSII!” (“A Victory for Putin Is a Victory for Russia”) — a few thousand Russians converged on the city center for a rare act of political theater. It seemed, at first, like a tableau from the last days of the U.S.S.R., those heady months when glasnost swelled the streets with protesters. A handful of dissidents stood on a flatbed truck; a jumble of loudspeakers were stacked below; the crew of foreign reporters vastly outnumbered the local press; and across the way, the secret policemen with their unseen amplifiers were drowning the protest in canned laughter and Soviet waltzes. (more…)
The Moscow City Court on Thursday declared the unregistered National Bolshevik Party an extremist organization, making it possible for the authorities to arrest anyone who takes part in its activities.
Judge Alla Nazarova also ruled in favor of a request from city prosecutors to ban the organization.
Writer Eduard Limonov, who created the organization in 1993, told reporters outside the courthouse that the ruling was “politically motivated and unjust.”
“This precedent will enable the authorities to do the same thing to parties or people who hold alternative views,” Limonov said. (more…)
Rosokhrankultura, the federal mass media and culture oversight agency, has sent Kommersant a warning not to use the word combination “National Bolshevik Party” or the abbreviation NBP, inasmuch as the National Bolshevik Party is not officially registered. The agency cited “the impermissibility of violations of the requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation” in a letter signed by deputy chairman of the agency Alexander Romanenkov.
// Kasparov’s United Civil Front Headquarters Searched
Yesterday commandos from the anti-terrorism unit of the Russian Internal Affairs Ministry searched the Moscow headquarters of Garry Kasparov’s United Civil Front party. The police, claiming that they were trying to head off any trouble that might arise during next Saturday’s “March of Dissent,” scoured the office for literature that could be construed as encouraging extremism. In return, Mr. Kasparov accused the ministry of “repression” and “intimidation.” (more…)