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Working abroad in exile, Alexey Navalny's team of researchers has released a new investigative report revealing that Russia's Federal State Register has completely hidden from the country's Unified State Register of Real Estate all records pertaining to the property holdings of several high-ranking government officials, Federal Security Service off…
 
State Duma deputies from Russia's ruling political party have reportedly been coached on how to respond to anti-vaxxer talking points and objections to pandemic restrictions on movement. Two sources in United Russia confirmed to the news website RBC that the party has circulated guidelines for public engagement to its deputies in the parliament. Un…
 
On December 2, Russia's Federal Security Service announced the arrest of three Ukrainian intelligence agents. According to the FSB, one of these assets was planning to set off bombs on Russian soil, while the other two -- a father and son -- had allegedly been paid to gather intelligence on strategic facilities. Ukraine's Security Service (the SBU)…
 
The state prosecution in the trial of Yuri Dmitriev has asked to prolong the historian's sentence, his lawyer Roman Masalev told TASS. This took place during a hearing at the Petrozavodsk City Court in Russia's Karelia on Friday, December 3. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/12/03/russian-prosecutors-seek-longer-prison-sentence-for-h…
 
Tomsk oppositionist and RusNews journalist Igor Kuznetsov, who is in jail pending trial for allegedly attempting to instigate "mass riots" using Telegram, is facing new charges. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/12/03/tomsk-journalist-jailed-as-suspect-in-chto-delat-case-charged-with-creating-an-extremist-group…
 
Leadership of Vkontakte, Russia's most popular social network, will likely fall to the son of the Kremlin's domestic policy czar, two sources told The Bell on Friday, claiming "95-percent certainty" that Vladimir Kiriyenko will take over as CEO. A day earlier, another source claimed that Kiriyenko Jr. might find work in the insurance behemoth Sogaz…
 
On November 25, Russia experienced its deadliest mine accident since 2010. A methane explosion at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in Siberia's Kemerovo region killed 51 people -- 46 miners and five rescue workers. In the town where the Listvyazhnaya mine is located, it's difficult to find a family that doesn't have a connection to the industry. The peo…
 
The Russian Communist Party's faction in the Komi Republic's State Council has a new, unlikely leader: Viktor Vorobyov, a 32-year-old politician who is not a party member or even a leftist. Before he started working with the Communists, Vorobyov tried to register a wing of Alexey Navalny's political party in St. Petersburg, ran for a seat in the St…
 
Russia's federal censor, Roskomnadzor, has added the e-commerce website Etsy to its listed of banned domains. The agency is enforcing a court order from Tambov in June 2019 that found an Etsy vendor of Gucci knockoffs guilty of violating intellectual property rights. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/12/02/russia-blocks-etsy-the-inte…
 
Russia's censorship agency (Roskomnadzor) has filed an administrative protocol against GitHub for failing to delete the list of "Smart Vote" endorsements published by Alexey Navalny's team ahead of the State Duma elections in September. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/12/02/russia-s-censorship-agency-threatens-github-with-fines-ove…
 
Moscow's Simonovsky District Court has replaced the suspended sentence handed down to opposition figure Lyubov Sobol in the "apartment case" with a real prison term. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/12/02/moscow-court-converts-lyubov-sobol-s-suspended-sentence-to-real-prison-timeBy Nikolai Priser
 
Many people associate Memorial with the study of Joseph Stalin's Great Terror. But for more than 30 years, this organization has also carried out crucial human rights work, on top of preserving the memory of victims of Soviet-era political repressions. Memorial's staff have played a key role in everything from hostage negotiations to helping refuge…
 
In 2020, the Russian Supreme Court declared AUE an illegal extremist organization and banned its activities. In its ruling, the court referred to AUE as an "international social movement." But by all appearances, this purported extremist group lacks organizational principles, a hierarchical structure, and other characteristics that typically define…
 
In an interview with RIA Novosti, Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko said that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had agreed on a visit to Crimea. According to Lukashenko, this trip will signify Minsk's recognition of the peninsula as part of Russia. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/30/lukashenko-announces-plans-t…
 
Veteran Communist Party (KPRF) lawmaker Valery Rashkin has filed a lawsuit against the Russian State Duma and Otari Arshba, the chairman of the State Duma Commission on Issues of Parliamentary Ethics. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/30/after-losing-immunity-kprf-lawmaker-valery-rashkin-files-lawsuit-against-russia-s-state-duma…
 
Moscow's Izmailovsky District Court has sentenced former Schema-Hegumen Sergii (Nikolai) Romanov to three and a half years in prison, finding him guilty of arbitrariness, violating the right to freedom of conscience and religion, and incitement to suicide, TASS reported on Tuesday, November 30. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/30…
 
During a home game on Sunday, November 28, CSKA Moscow fans set off pyrotechnics inside the VEB Arena after their team suffered a 2-0 loss to Zenit St. Petersburg. Upon discovering that the stadium's surveillance cameras were down, Moscow police kept spectators in the stands for three hours, while carrying out hundreds of arrests. On Monday morning…
 
Prosecutors have asked the court to sentence former Schema-Hegumen Sergii (Nikolai) Romanov to four years in prison, Interfax reported on Monday, November 29. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/29/prosecutors-seek-four-year-prison-sentence-for-ex-communicated-orthodox-priest-who-seized-convent-outside-of-yekaterinburg…
 
Of the 38 coordinators who led Alexey Navalny's regional campaign offices, 14 have left Russia, according to the business newspaper Kommersant. The whereabouts of three more are currently unknown. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/29/kommersant-more-than-a-third-of-navalny-s-former-campaign-office-coordinators-have-left-russia…
 
It's been seven months since Meduza was blacklisted as a "foreign agent" and we're still going strong ?? -- thanks to the support of our wonderful readers, who continue to donate money, buy merch, and call for the repeal of Russia's draconian "foreign agent" legislation. Thank you all so much! Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/feature/2021/11/…
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin held trilateral talks with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev and Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Sochi on Friday, November 26. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/26/putin-holds-trilateral-talks-with-armenia-s-pashinyan-and-azerbaijan-s-aliyev-in-sochi…
 
A Moscow district court has handed a 14-year maximum-security prison sentence to Alexander Ustinov, a Yekaterinburg political strategist accused of blackmailing politicians and businessmen. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/26/moscow-court-sentences-political-strategist-to-14-years-in-max-security-prison-for-kompromat-scheme…
 
A district court in Saratov has jailed the former head of a local prison hospital as a suspect in a criminal case concerning violence against inmates, RIA Novosti reported on Friday, November 26, citing the court's press service. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/26/former-head-of-saratov-prison-hospital-jailed-pending-trial-for-i…
 
Novosibirsk city councilman Sergey Boyko, the former head of Alexey Navalny's local campaign office, has traveled abroad with his family and decided not to return to Russia. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/25/former-head-of-navalny-s-novosibirsk-headquarters-decides-not-to-return-to-russia…
 
The Russian State Duma has voted to remove the immunity of veteran Communist Party (KPRF) lawmaker Valery Rashkin, Interfax reported on Thursday, November 25. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/25/russian-state-duma-strips-immunity-of-veteran-communist-party-lawmaker-valery-rashkinBy Nikolai Priser
 
Jailed former Khabarovsk Krai governor Sergey Furgal was indicted in two new criminal cases, his lawyer told RIA Novosti on Wednesday, November 24. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/24/jailed-ex-governor-sergey-furgal-officially-indicted-on-new-charges-including-seven-counts-of-fraud…
 
Russia registered a new version of its "Sputnik" coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12 to 17, the Gamaleya Research Institute confirmed on Wednesday, November 24. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/24/russia-registers-sputnik-m-coronavirus-vaccine-for-adolescents-aged-12-17By Nikolai Priser
 
The migration crisis on the border of Belarus and the European Union has been going on for months. Thousands of asylum seekers from Middle Eastern and African countries remain stranded in the Eastern European country. Some of them have made several unsuccessful attempts to cross the border into the EU. Seeing no other way out, many have already giv…
 
Irina Fatyanova, the former head of Alexey Navalny's St. Petersburg campaign headquarters, has revealed that she left Russia about a week ago. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/24/former-head-of-navalny-s-st-petersburg-headquarters-flees-russia-fearing-persecutionBy Nikolai Priser
 
Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny has filed another lawsuit against the administration of the prison where he is being held, the state news agency TASS reported on Wednesday, November 24. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/24/alexey-navalny-files-lawsuit-against-prison-for-registering-him-as-extremist…
 
A new joint investigation by iStories and Novaya Gazeta assesses allegations that "foreign agent" media outlets are responsible for "deliberately criminalizing" migrants in news coverage. In late September, a senior police official leveled this accusation, implying that foreign funding fuels popular mischaracterizations of Russia's migrant communit…
 
In mid-November, the State Duma received a package of bills that would require Russians to present QR-code vaccine passports in order to take flights and trains, and access public events, stores, cafes, and restaurants. The two draft laws were submitted by the Russian Cabinet and had the potential to enter force as soon as February 1, 2022. Now, al…
 
Russia's censorship agency (Roskomnadzor) threatened to block the website of the investigative journalism outlet iStories over a report on Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov's connections in the waste removal industry. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/23/russian-censor-threatens-to-block-istories-over-joint-investigation-with-outlawed-pr…
 
A Russian court has acquitted a Jehovah Witness charged with extremism for the first time since the country's Supreme Court outlawed the religious group in 2017. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/23/russian-court-hands-down-first-ever-acquittal-to-a-jehovah-s-witness-charged-with-extremism…
 
In November, Russia's prosecutor general filed a lawsuit to liquidate Memorial International -- Russia's oldest and most authoritative human rights organization. Memorial was accused of violating Russia's legislation on "foreign agents" by failing to include the required labels on its materials. Almost all of Memorial's alleged violations were repo…
 
In a study of Russian youth attitudes for Carnegie Moscow Center, a research team led by Andrey Kolesnikov and Denis Volkov gathered a total of six focus groups in three cities (Moscow, Yaroslavl, and Bryansk), assembling two groups in each location, one comprising 18-25-year-olds and the other 30-35-year-olds. The project was designed, in part, to…
 
The State Duma Commission on Mandates Issues has recommended that parliament remove the immunity of veteran Communist Party (KPRF) lawmaker Valery Rashkin, Interfax reported on Monday, November 22. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/22/state-duma-mandates-commission-recommends-removing-valery-rashkin-s-parliamentary-immunity…
 
The Chechen parliament submitted a draft law to the State Duma that would ban the Russian press from mentioning the nationality and religion of people involved in committing crimes. The bill would also prohibit mentioning whether a criminal belongs to an indigenous group. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/22/chechnya-submits-draft…
 
Russian governors are being bombarded with comments and messages on Instagram, urging them to oppose draft legislation that would impose new QR-code vaccine passport prerequisites for accessing public places and certain modes of transportation. Journalists from Taiga.Info first reported the online campaign on Thursday, November 18, tracing it to co…
 
The Security Service of Ukraine (the SBU) claims to have thwarted a purported "anti-vaccination" ring that's supposed real aim was to destabilize the socio-political situation in the country. Allegedly, this network operated in various regions of Ukraine and Russian handlers are possibly responsible for coordinating its efforts. On November 16, med…
 
In September, Russia's State Hermitage Museum raked in almost $450,000 by auctioning off famous paintings from its collection in the form of NFTs (non-fungible tokens). Despite the fact that cryptocurrency transactions are prohibited in Russia, the state museum still managed to collect the money from the sale of these digital reproductions. To do s…
 
On Monday, November 22, Tatarstan became the first Russian region to require commuters to present QR codes documenting either vaccination against COVID-19 or a past diagnosis in order to access public transportation. And although local authorities tried to spread the word about the new rules ahead of time there was still some confusion. Original Ar…
 
The state media holding RT (Russia Today) is trying to obtain a legal monopoly on the Russian term for "foreign agent." The television network trademarked "inostranny agent" in 2020, and late this spring it moved to patent its shortened form, "inoagent." In October, RT's lawyers sent a claim letter to a small brand that put the words "innostranny a…
 
Earlier this week, the Russian military fired a missile into outer space and blew up a Soviet "Tselina-D class" satellite that had been orbiting the Earth since 1982. The U.S. government says the weapons test created a large debris cloud that endangers the crew aboard the International Space Station, calling Moscow's behavior "dangerous and irrespo…
 
Police in Kazakhstan have freed a Russian national from modern-day slavery, the local news outlets New Times and Tengrinews reported this week. Police officers tracked the man down in the Shet district of the Karaganda region in central Kazakhstan, after they came across a video of him pleading for help from his family. The man in the video, who id…
 
A Moscow court handed down six fines totaling 132,000 rubles ($1,820) to Novaya Gazeta and its editor-in-chief, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov, for allegedly failing to disclose the status of "foreign agents" mentioned in the newspaper's articles. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/17/moscow-court-fines-nobel-prize-winne…
 
Russia's censorship agency (Roskomnadzor) has appealed to a Moscow court to block the investigative outlet The Insider over its failure to include "foreign agent" disclaimers on its website, reports state news agency TASS. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/11/17/russian-censorship-agency-asks-moscow-court-to-block-investigative-outle…
 
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