Russia

Cash handouts to support Putin caught on video


A Russian protester has posted a video that he claims shows demonstrators receiving cash handouts in exchange for participating in this weekend’s rally in support of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The video echoes allegations that many of those who turned out for the pro-Putin event were actually coerced into doing so. Read more…
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‘No playing with toys,’ Russian police tell protesters

 
Teddy bears, Lego and dolls are all the rage with anti-government protesters in Russia. Whether it’s because they don’t have time to request a permit to hold a demonstration, or because their requests have been denied, activists are turning to toys to do their protesting for them. The authorities, however, are not amused. Read more…

Russian politician denies ‘eating evidence’ in jailed opposition leader’s trial

 
After spending weeks in jail, Sergei Udaltsov, leader of Russia’s radical Left Front organisation, remains in custody after a Moscow court postponed an appeals hearing for his release on Tuesday. Allegedly arrested on trumped-up charges, the Russian authorities are apparently grasping at reasons to keep Udaltsov in jail – even going so far as to accuse our Observer, an opposition politician and Udaltsov supporter, of having eaten a key piece of evidence. Read more…
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Protests in Russia: ‘I haven’t seen this since the 90s’

 
Russian protesters have called for a third day of mass demonstrations to be held on Saturday, as the anger over widespread allegations of fraud during this weekend’s parliamentary elections refuses to die down. According to our Observers, who participated in protests in the capital Moscow, it is the first time Russia has seen this kind of public outcry in years.  Read more...

Election fraud in Russia caught on video: ballot-stuffing, erasable ink and more

 
Opposition leaders called for a second round of mass demonstrations in Moscow on Tuesday, to protest against last weekend’s parliamentary elections amid widespread claims of irregularities favouring Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party. Our Observer on the ground, who participated in Sunday’s election as an observer for an opposition party, described what he witnessed once the polls closed and counting began. Read more…
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Hit, kicked and bruised: beatings at Russian women’s prison caught on video

 
A Russian prison official has been placed in detention for at least two months after footage of him punching, kicking and pulling the hair of female inmates was leaked online, sparking outrage and calling the country’s penal system into question. Watch the videos…
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Moscow builds its very first bicycle lane – or is it an obstacle course?

 
Moscow, home to 11.5 million people, recently got its very first bicycle lane. It was proudly inaugurated with much fanfare by city officials this summer to the great excitement of the city’s cyclists. However, their joy was slightly diminished when they realised that it was more like an obstacle course than a way for cyclists to more easily navigate city traffic. Read more and see the photos...
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