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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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