MOSCOW — The authorities have made overt moves to eject an outspoken lawmaker from parliament, charged a key opposition leader with financial crimes, passed laws to restrict protests and summoned opposition lawyers for questioning. Turnout at the rally on Saturday will help gauge whether the moves are dampening or reinvigorating discontent.
Vladivostok's new billion-dollar bridge connects the city to an island of 5,000 residents. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia’s hosting of the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Conference summit, which opened today in the Far East port Vladivostok, predictably prompted the latest series of reports about how Russia is looking east for business. Should be is more like it.
MOSCOW — Marginalizing a growing cadre of opposition-minded Russians has enabled Putin to stoke Russia’s version of a culture war in order to consolidate his increasingly valuable support among older, conservative Russians who constitute his base. But analysts say splitting the population along ideological lines threatens to isolate the president in an increasingly polarized society he may no longer be able to manipulate.
The main question for Russia's future is whether its people will countenance the transfer of his personal power to the political system he built. (Nathan Cox/Getty Images)
Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been one of Vladimir Putin's most dogged critics since he broke with him shortly after his rise in 2000. His latest effort is a study of the populist president’s perks of office.
MOSCOW — The world’s largest economy outside the World Trade Organization finally joined on Wednesday, finishing a 19-year quest to end exclusion from the body under which most global commerce takes place.
Video of the Russian president feigning a punch at a bowing priest goes viral.
Just in case there was any question about his tough-guy credentials, Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated that a Russian Orthodox priest should stop trying to kiss his hand by faking a punch during a recent visit to a monastery in northern Russia. (Video below)
Members of the all-girl punk band Pussy Rio, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (C), Maria Alyokhina (R) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), sit behind bars during a court hearing in Moscow on July 20, 2012. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)
The decision by a Moscow court on Friday to refuse bail to three members of a female punk band called Pussy Riot and extend their pretrial detention until January strains the imagination. What's the logic?