‘It was their lives or his’. Leading women's rights attorney Mari Davtyan explains the domestic violence case that's bringing Russians out into the streets

‘It was their lives or his’. Leading women's rights attorney Mari Davtyan explains the...

In mid-June, Russia’s Investigative Committee released its final draft of the charges against Krestina, Angelina, and Maria Khachaturyan. In a case that has lasted about a year so far, the sisters are facing...
Conflicting signals from Putin and Medvedev over Russia’s Davos boycott — The Bell — Eng

Conflicting signals from Putin and Medvedev over Russia’s Davos boycott

What happened In response to the decision to ban Russian tycoons under U.S. sanctions from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Russia has threatened to boycott the event. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he would...
Russia’s second #metoo moment lays bare the fractures of ‘liberal’ society — The Bell — Eng

Russia’s second #metoo moment lays bare the fractures of ‘liberal’ society

Meduza editorial staff, editor-in-chief Ivan Kolpakov seated on the right Disclaimer: Meduza is one of The Bell’s competitors. While some employees at the two outlets are friends, the author of this analysis is not directly acquainted with anyone...
Moscow’s relationship with OPEC at risk amid disagreement — The Bell — Eng

Moscow’s relationship with OPEC at risk amid disagreement

What happened For the first time in over three years of close cooperation between Russia and OPEC, serious splits have arisen between the oil-producing partners. Some analysts say Russia’s increased role at OPEC in...
Suspected polonium poisoner leads new proposal to isolate Russian internet — The Bell — Eng

Suspected polonium poisoner leads new proposal to isolate Russian internet

Hello! This week we look at how a group of lawmakers, including the suspected killer of Alexander Litvinenko, are pushing a plan to create Chinese-style internet in Russia. We also analyze why the...
Hawks propose a Chinese-style plan to isolate Russian internet — The Bell — Eng

Hawks propose a Chinese-style plan to isolate Russian internet

What happened Russian lawmakers have started working on the Kremlin’s long held dream of an isolated internet along the lines of the system used in China. The official reason for this is fear that...
Outrage as architect of 1990s privatization bemoans lack of ‘gratitude’ — The Bell — Eng

Outrage as architect of 1990s privatization bemoans lack of ‘gratitude’

What happened The topic of 1990s privatization can lead to violent disputes in Russia even thirty years later. This week, there was heated debate about a speech given by the architect of privatization, Anatoly...
Lifting some sanctions is a boost for the Russian market, blow for Deripaska — The Bell — Eng

Lifting some sanctions is a boost for the Russian market, blow for Deripaska

Hello! This week we have lots of news about metals tycoon Oleg Deripaska. Our leading story is about how Deripaska struck a deal with the U.S. to get sanctions on his companies lifted,...
‘The art of rejection’. A new report reveals the hidden mechanisms authorities use to restrict protests in Russia

‘The art of rejection’. A new report reveals the hidden mechanisms authorities use to...

Article 31 of the Russian Constitution states that citizens of the Russian Federation “shall have the right to assemble peacefully.” However, when protests are not approved by local authorities, those who join them...

Arrest for the ballot box, thrown into a riot policeman

The Meshchansky District Court examined the investigator’s request for the arrest of Yevgeny Kovalenko - one of the detainees for the action on July 27 - and sent him to the...
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