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06 December 2019
Russian Activist Blogger Gets Suspended Sentence After Anti-Putin Videos
A popular Russian blogger has received a suspended three-year sentence for "inciting extremism on the Internet" in his calls for protests against President Vladimir Putin and his government. Yegor Zhukov was hailed as a hero by his supporters on the steps of a Moscow courthouse.
11 November 2019
Kyrgyzstan: Want A Seat In Parliament? There Could Be A Price For That
Running for office may often carry a personal price, but young Kyrgyz political scientist Denis Berdakov never expected it to amount to a payout of $350,000 for a slot on a candidate list in Kyrgyzstan’s 2020 parliamentary elections. Such allegations are not uncommon in this economically underdeveloped Central Asian country. Kyrgyz law does not require political parties to disclose their sources of campaign funding, so parties often look where they can to pad their coffers.
22 October 2019
How YouTube Gave Russia A Voice
YouTube has grown to be the most popular website on the Russian Internet, but the Kremlin wants to take steps to limit its influence. Government critics are using the platform to voice their political opinions and can reach audiences on a scale similar to government-controlled TV stations. Yet the question remains: Will the authorities actually be able to hold back this online wave of opinion? The final episode of Andrey Loshаk’s InterNYET series looks at the YouTube phenomenon in Russia.
15 October 2019
Inside The Factory: How Russian Trolls Manufacture Fake News
Their impact stretches beyond the 2016 U.S. presidential election that made them an international household name. Russian trolls, says blogger Ilya Varlamov, have changed “the whole picture” for online news in Russia. But how did they do it? In this video, taken from Current Time’s InterNYET: A History Of The Russian Internet series, former employees at a St. Petersburg troll factory get down to specifics.
14 October 2019
Russian Lawyer Who Defended Detainees Fined For 'Attack' On Police
A Russian lawyer and human rights activist has been found guilty of attacking police and fined 30,000 rubles ($468) by a Krasnodar court in connection with his detention while he was trying to provide legal advice to protesters being taken into police custody at an anti-government rally a year ago.
03 October 2019
“We’re Not Scared Of Anything:” Russia’s Protesters Vow To Fight On
Following an eventful summer, full of election protests and arrests, thousands of Russians took to the streets in Moscow again on September 29; this time, to call for the release of 13 men arrested as part of the so-called Moscow Case, an investigation into alleged “mass disorder” during an unauthorized July 27 rally for equitable candidate registration. With Russia's local elections now over, how much staying power do demonstrations for political transparency still have?
01 October 2019
Interview: Ex-Protest Prisoner Pavel Ustinov Has No Plans To Stay At Home
His case has become arguably one of the best known among the dozens of prisoners arrested on criminal charges during Moscow’s chaotic summer of election protests. Now freed from prison, Pavel Ustinov, a 23-year-old Russian actor, told Current Time that he intends to take to the streets to rally for the freedom of other protest prisoners.
27 September 2019
Zelenskiy And Trump: The View From Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's long-awaited September 26 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump has provided much cause for comment by Ukrainian social media users, ex-Ukrainian presidents, and officials -- and not always for the reasons you might assume.
20 September 2019
Face To The City: How Moscow’s Surveillance System Works
As this summer's protests showed, Moscow's camera surveillance systems are becoming more sophisticated and more widespread. They're now known as an "all-seeing eye." What these cameras could mean for ordinary citizens’ civil rights concerns many.