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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On May, 31st nearby 50 persons have blocked street Tverskaja-Jamskaja. They also have spread out the banner “Down with Putin!”, have hoisted flags and have lighted torches. They scanned slogans “We need the Other Russia!”, “Russia without Putin!”, “Freedom for Russia!”. (more…)
About 30 nazbols have arranged “a funeral march” around metro station “Vyhino”, having blocked Veshnjakovskaja street. This action is devoted memory of nazbol Anton Stradymov killed in January in area Vyhino .
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.
We have now two presidents in Russia: old one is Mister Putin and a new one, appointed on March 2, Mister Medvedev. That idiocy will be formally ended on May 7, when Mr. Medvedev will be inaugurated in Kremlin’s seat. But nevertheless, for more than two months, Russia was headed by two presidents.
As to Putin’s in his first years of presidency to Mr. Medvedev also could be addressed banal questions: “Who is Mister Medvedev?” Because Mr. Medvedev is not a political figure, he is a practically unknown bureaucrat, one of a huge crowd of bureaucrats surrounding Putin. As Putin himself is a small bureaucrat, one from a huge crowd of “chinovniks” surrounding Yeltsin. If the elected president had been named Zyuganov or Yavlinski or Kasparov or even Limonov, nobody in Russia would have asked a question: “Who is that man?” Because these are political leaders, actors in Russian political play. They are known to general population. Mr. Medvedev, on the contrary, is not known, or wasn’t known, at all. Mr. Medvedev is not a leader of political party, he is not a member of political party, so he is not a political man. We can guess that he is a member of Putin’s circle of close friends, a member of some inner circle. If he is to be appointed to the post of guarding of their interests, we are guessing that Mr. Medvedev is trusted by Mr. Putin’s group and Mr. Putin himself.
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…)
Yuri Chervochkin died on December 10. He was less then 23 years old. A member of now banned National-Bolshevik Party, he joined in January 2006, when party was not banned yet. Militant activist, Yuri participated in some party actions. Most notoriously, on March 11, 2007, he and some other members of the “The Other Russia” coalition disrupted elections at a regional parliament in Odintsovo, a town in the Moscow region. Shouting the slogan: “Your elections are a farce!” the group of youths occupied the premises of electoral commission. Yuri was captured, held in prison for about a month, was released on parole and was awaiting a trial. He didn’t have a chance to live his trial through. After his release in May 2007, Yuri became a target for the special militia forces for struggle against terrorism and political extremism of RUBOP (Regional Command of Struggle Against Organized Crimes), which is controlled by the Ministry of the Interior. Those brutes, trained to kill, having no scruples, killers by choice and profession, were employed to suppress political opposition somewhere in the middle of 2004. Their new employment, never officially disclosed, was equal to the creation of the death esquadrons in Latin America in the 1960s.
On June 15, the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda have published an interview with Andrei Lugovoy, who is suspected by British police to be the executor of Alexander Litvinenko. Litvinenko’s story was a headliner for the world media for the last eight months and is a still a headliner. Exotical weapons used for killing — radioactive polonium — as well as personalities of both the victim (Litvinenko) and the suspected killer (Lugovoy), ex-FSB officers both, keeps interest of media boiling.
For me, nonetheless, it was a shocking surprise to discover that my name was pronounced by the sinister Mr.Lugovoy. During the interview, he said that political killing is in stage of preparation for “some man, who has already obtained the image of a fighter against existing Russian authorities, he is destined to become a sacred martyr. For example, so-called oppositional candidates to presidency. They should hire themselves an enormous security troop… Edward Limonov, Mikhail Kasyanov… I think against them something is in preparation.”
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…)