Contents tagged with opposition

  • ECHR rules that Russia must pay Navalny and Ofitserov 86,000 euros

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled in favor of Alexei Navalny and Petr Ofitserov.  They had previously submitted a complaint against the decision of the Russian Court in the case of Kirovles.  The text of the ruling was published on the website of the ECHR.

    The ECHR established that Navalny and Ofitserov were tried for acts which are impossible to distinguish from regular business activities.  This is a violation of Article 6 (the right to a fair trial) which, “to the …

  • Journalist and political analyst Andrei Piontkovsky flees Russia

    Journalist, scholar and political analyst Andrei Piontkovsky has fled Russia, fearing possible criminal prosecution. The Russian Prosecutor's Office claims it has found signs of extremism in his article for Ekho Moskvii, his lawyer, Mark Feygin, said.

    Earlier ,on February 19th, it became known that the Prosecutor General's Office found signs of extremism in Piontkovsky's article, "The bomb, ready to explode." In this article, which was published on the 23rd of January, the author addressed the …

  • Opposition and city authorities in St. Petersburg agree on venue for rally in memory of Boris Nemtsov

    City authorities in St. Petersburg have agreed that the demonstration in remembrance of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov will be held on Mars Field.  “We received a call and were informed that the meeting, with the participation of 5,000 people, has been agreed to.  We are in the process of receiving the written confirmation,” Andrei Pivovarov, the Co-Chairman of the St. Petersburg Branch of the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS), told Deutsche Welle on February 18th.

    He added that the …

  • Moscow authorities reject proposal to hold rally in memory of Boris Nemtsov in city center

    The Russian opposition has agreed to hold a demonstration in remembrance of Boris Nemtsov following an alternate route in Moscow.  This was reported by Interfax on the 16th of February referencing one of the leaders of the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS), Constantine Merzlikin.

    “We were not allowed to hold the rally along the route through the Great Moscow River Bridge.  They offered the traditional route along the Boulevard.  Even though we held a meeting and agreed to this, I believe that …

  • Opposition leader Alexei Navalny files lawsuit against Vladimir Putin

    The leader of Russia’s Progress Party, Alexei Navalny, has filed an administrative lawsuit against Russian President, Vladimir Putin.  He argues that Putin has violated the law on “combating corruption”.  The Kremlin stated that the president is unaware of the lawsuit.

    The opposition leader wrote on his website that he has filed an administrative claim in the Tver Court of Moscow, in which President Putin is the defendant.  This was confirmed in a blog by Rubanov Roman, who is the director of …

  • Russian opposition to hold demonstration in memory of Nemtsov on anniversary of his assassination

    Organizers of a demonstration to commemorate the death of Boris Nemtsov will give notice about the event to Moscow’s mayoral office on the 12th of February.  This was posted on the event organizer’s Facebook page.

    The demonstration will be held on February 27th on the one-year anniversary of Nemtsov's assassination.  Participants plan to walk from Slavyanskaya Square to the Great Moscow River Bridge, where Nemtsov was killed.

    The Facebook post also invited all concerned parties to take part …

  • Russian opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov attacked in Moscow

    The leader of the People’s Freedom Party (Parnas), Mikhail Kasyanov, has been attacked in Moscow.  He did not suffer any serious injuries.

    This was reported by the head of the youth department of Parnas, Mikhail Konev.  In an interview with Radio Svoboda, he said that a group of people from Chechnya attempted an assault on Kasyanov but that his security personnel successfully fought them off.  Konev also said that at that time, Kasyanov was writing a statement at the police station.

    “There …

  • PACE Collects Signatures to Initiate Investigation into Nemtsov's Murder

    The deputies of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have begun collecting signatures to initiate a further investigation into the murder of a Russian opposition leader, co-chairman of the RPR-PARNAS, Boris Nemtsov. This was stated by the Deputy Chairman of the Alliance of European Liberal Democrats in PACE, Swedish MP Kerstin Lundgren, in an interview with Voice of America.

    She indicated that the collection of signatures is almost completed. According to procedure, in …