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1 March 2015

Hearing Out Russia's Patriotic Bloggers on Nemtsov's Murder

As it grows increasingly popular outside Russia to dismiss Russians’ political attitudes as “Kremlin brainwashing,” it becomes more important than ever to stop and listen.

Duma Deputies Challenge Food Import Ban, and President Putin

In a challenge to the power of the Russian presidency, five State Duma deputies recently proposed legislation aimed at rolling back Russia's ban on Western food imports.

28 February 2015

Russian Opposition Politician Boris Nemtsov Shot and Killed in Moscow

Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Russian opposition politician and one of Vladimir Putin's top critics, has been shot and killed in Moscow.

25 February 2015

Russian Lawmakers Propose Banning Women Under 40 from Smoking

“Female smoking,” the legislation’s explanatory note says, “harms the body’s reproductive system, causing irreparable damage to the genetic stock of the nation.”

Belarus Bans Tor and Other Anonymizers

Belarus is banning anonymizers, typically used to circumvent government censorship and reach online resources banned inside the country, including many of the opposition websites.

Here Is What You Can Do in Kyiv if You Have One Dollar

What can a dollar buy you in Kyiv, Ukraine? Quite a few things, actually! An enterprising social media user collected the most interesting ideas in a blog post.

24 February 2015

The Dress Rehearsal for the Belarusian Crackdown

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"Belaruskaya Pravda" chief editor Yuri Dubina says the recent crackdown in Belarus on independent online media is only "the dress rehearsal" before the presidential election this November.

22 February 2015

High Hopes and Mixed Feelings About Russia's Oscar Nominee

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film "Leviathan" has been a critical darling abroad and a key Oscars contender, but in Russia, it has generated a polarizing national discussion.

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