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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 »

In Surprise, Putin Critic Released —for Now

Protests erupted after Alexei Navalny jailed

(Newser) - After a leading critic of Vladimir Putin was handed a 5-year sentence for embezzlement yesterday, protests erupted across Russia, prompting a reported 200 arrests. Thousands of people gathered on the main street to the Kremlin, yelling "freedom!" amid honking cars, the Guardian reports. Today demonstrators got their wish,... More »

Outspoken Putin Critic Gets 5 Years

Protester Alexei Navalny says evidence was faked

(Newser) - A leader of Russia's protest movement has been found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison for financial theft from a state-run timber firm. Alexsei Navalny is known for using the Internet to attack corruption and the "swindlers and thieves" of Vladimir Putin's United Russia party,... More »

Putin Offers to Talk to Protesters

Kremlin spokesman dismisses talk of a crisis

(Newser) - After the biggest protests since the collapse of the Soviet Union , the Kremlin says it is willing to talk to protesters—but not to give ground on their main demands. A spokesman for Vladimir Putin says the prime minister is ready for "dialogue," but insists that Putin is... More »

Ruckus Erupts After Raunchy Medvedev Tweet

Prez allegedly called jailed activist a 'sheep' with an affinity for...

(Newser) - Well, this isn't very presidential: Dmitry Medvedev appeared to retweet a disparaging remark against jailed opposition activist Alexei Navalny shortly after riot police stopped a second post-election protest Tuesday night. "Today it became clear that a person who writes in their blog the words 'party of crooks... More »

Russia Jails Protest Leaders

But more demonstrations planned for tonight

(Newser) - Two notable opposition figures have been charged with crimes relating to yesterday’s massive election protest in Moscow—even as angry Russians plan for more protests tonight. Ilya Yashin, the leader of the Solidarity movement, was convicted by a judge today of organizing an unauthorized rally and disobeying police orders,... More »

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