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Putin's Biggest Critic: 'Regime Has Absolutely Deteriorated'

Dissident Alexei Navalny gets out of jail after 50 days, starts swinging at Kremlin

(Newser) - The revolving door between Alexei Navalny and jail has swung open again, reports the AP , with the Kremlin opposition leader released after 50 days on the inside for two consecutive sentences for organizing unsanctioned protests. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent foe, had been sentenced to 30 days for... More »

Putin Critic Freed From Jail. Then Arrested on His Way Out

Alexei Navalny was slapped with a 20-day sentence after being jailed for a month

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin's most visible critic was released from a Russian jail on Monday only to be immediately arrested again and thrown back in. Alexei Navalny served a 30-day sentence on charges he staged an unsanctioned protest before being re-arrested on charges he staged a rally that caused bodily... More »

Putin Ally Makes Jarring Threat to Opposition Leader

Let's fight, so I can 'make a good juicy beef steak of you,' he tells Alexei Navalny

(Newser) - In an extraordinary public outburst, President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard and chief of the National Guard on Tuesday challenged opposition leader Alexei Navalny to a duel. Viktor Zolotov recorded an emotional seven-minute speech, posted on the National Guard's YouTube channel on Tuesday, attacking Navalny for his investigation into... More »

Putin: 'We Are a Single Team'

He wins 4th term by biggest margin yet

(Newser) - Russia held a presidential election Sunday—and it didn't take the powers of the Amazing Kreskin to predict the outcome . Amid reports of ballot box-stuffing and other chicanery, Moscow released official results showing that Vladimir Putin had been re-elected with 76.7% of the vote, his highest score ever,... More »

As Russia Votes, Reports of Ballot Stuffing, a Hack

Central Election Commission said it fought off a denial of service attack as Putin seeks a 4th term

(Newser) - Russia's presidential election was tainted Sunday by unprecedented pressure on voters to turn out and incidents of suspected ballot box stuffing in a barely democratic exercise that will grant Vladimir Putin another six years of power. His opponents have called the election a farce, but his millions of fans... More »

Moscow Residents Use Piles of Snow to Troll Putin

City workers weren't clearing snow, so residents painted name of opposition leader on the piles

(Newser) - It's been a particularly brutal winter in Moscow, complete with record-breaking amounts of snow , and municipal workers haven't exactly been on top of removing the piles of white stuff. So city residents had to get creative—and political—in their efforts to clear the streets, per the BBC... More »

Amid Protests, Russia Busts Opposition Leader

Alexei Navalny is calling for boycott of March 18 presidential election

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny has been arrested in Moscow as protest demonstrations called by him took place across the country, with Reuters reporting that the opposition leader was "wrestled" to the ground by police near the Kremlin and hustled off in a patrol wagon. He called on supporters to continue the... More »

Russia Puts Kibosh on Putin Foe's Bid to Unseat Him

Alexei Navalny's presidential campaign is incredibly short-lived

(Newser) - Russian election officials have formally barred Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president, reports the AP . The Central Election Commission voted on Monday that the anti-corruption crusader isn't eligible to run. Navalny is implicitly barred from running for office because of a conviction in a fraud case... More »

Russian Opposition Leader Jailed for 30 Days

Alexei Navalny called for anti-corruption rallies

(Newser) - A Moscow court has ruled that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny should be jailed for 30 days for staging an unsanctioned rally in Moscow, the AP reports. The anti-corruption rallies called for by Navalny were held in more than 100 Russian towns and cities on Monday. In Moscow, thousands of... More »

As Protests Begin in Russia, One High-Profile Arrest

Alexei Navalny's wife tweeted he was arrested, but 'plans haven't changed'

(Newser) - As tens of thousands protest corruption throughout Russia on Monday, prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny is not among them. Navalny was reportedly arrested 30 minutes before things were set to kick off in Moscow, with wife Yulia tweeting, "Alexei has been arrested in the entrance to our block of... More »

Blogger Played Pokemon Go in Church, Is Convicted for It

Russia's Ruslan Sokolovsky convicted of inciting religious hatred

(Newser) - A Russian blogger was convicted Thursday of inciting religious hatred for playing Pokemon Go in a church and given a 3.5-year suspended sentence. Ruslan Sokolovsky's offense is the same one that sent two women from Pussy Riot to prison in 2012. Sokolovsky posted a video on his blog... More »

Russian Opposition Leader Blinded With Toxic Green Dye

Assailant threw 'weapon of choice' on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in Moscow

(Newser) - Russia may soon have a president with a "stylish white eye." Not Vladimir Putin, but Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader who made the joke after a not-so-funny incident last week that may leave him partially blind. The New York Times reports Navalny was attacked Thursday in Moscow... More »

As Protests Sweep Russia, Top Putin Critic Is Arrested

Russians protesting Medvedev's reported ill-gotten riches

(Newser) - Protests against Kremlin corruption swept across Russia on Sunday, with thousands gathering in one Moscow square alone where opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested, reports CNN . Navalny sought to downplay his arrest—though between 100 and 200 were said to have been detained—tweeting, "Today we are discussing (and... More »

Putin Foe Says Typos in His Guilty Verdict Are Signficant

Alexei Navalny claims retrial verdict is identical to that of 2013

(Newser) - A Russian court on Wednesday found opposition leader Alexei Navalny guilty in the retrial of a 2013 fraud case, which disqualifies him as a candidate for president next year. In a webcast hearing, Judge Alexei Vtyurin found Navalny guilty of embezzling timber worth about $500,000 and handed him a... More »

Putin Is Getting 'Medieval'

He's essentially holding the brother of a political opponent hostage, say critics

(Newser) - The good news for Russian political activist Alexei Navalny is that even though he's been convicted of fraud in what supporters say is a bogus case, Vladimir Putin allowed him to remain free with a suspended sentence of 3.5 years. The bad news is that Putin jailed his... More »

Putin Foe Defies House Arrest, Busted at Protest

Alexei Navalny gets suspended sentence

(Newser) - Police have detained President Vladimir Putin's chief foe, who has broken the terms of house his arrest to attend a protest of several thousand just outside the Kremlin. The unsanctioned demonstration today came hours after Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner, was found guilty of fraud and given a suspended... More »

In One Sochi Men's Bathroom Stall, 2 Toilets

And the Twittersphere erupts!

(Newser) - They're the toilets seen 'round the world, in a photo taken and tweeted Monday night by the BBC's Moscow correspondent of the men's restroom in a Sochi Olympics venue. What it shows: one stall, two toilets. "Seeing double in the Gentlemen's Loo at the... More »

Pussy Riot to Form New Group

It's a human rights group called Zona Prava

(Newser) - It seems prison only put more fire in the bellies of Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina. While they continue to be no fans of Vladimir Putin, in a press conference today the two announced their new focus: forming a human rights group to fight for prison reform,... More »

Opposition Leader: Recount Moscow Mayoral Vote

Alexei Navalny nearly forced runoff with incumbent

(Newser) - With 51% of the vote, Moscow's incumbent mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, appears to have just managed an election victory. But Russian opposition leader (and The Wire fan ) Alexei Navalny , who received 27% of the tally—impressive for an opposition figure—wants a recount. If Sobyanin received less than 50%... More »

Inside a Man's Wire-Inspired Run for Mayor of Moscow

Alexei Navalny is getting to run a kinda sorta almost free campaign

(Newser) - This Sunday, Moscow will hold something almost unheard of in the Vladimir Putin era: an actual election. The Kremlin is for once allowing an avowed foe—anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny —to run, although the playing field is hardly even. Navalny is banned from running TV ads, while Kremlin-backed incumbent... More »

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