Autocracy is Winning – The Atlantic

THE BAD GUYS ARE WINNING If the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse. By Anne Applebaum The future of democracy may well be decided in a drab office building on the outskirtsContinue reading “Autocracy is Winning – The Atlantic”

Top Russian Spy’s Son Dead After ‘Fall’ From Embassy in Berlin

A 35-year-old was reportedly found dead on the sidewalk below the Russian embassy in Berlin, and his body was spirited back to Moscow before anyone could investigate. Either Russians are incredibly clumsy or they should stay away from open upper-floor windows. Another Russian—this time a diplomat in Berlin—was found in a heap on the sidewalk below the Russian embassyContinue reading “Top Russian Spy’s Son Dead After ‘Fall’ From Embassy in Berlin”

Free Speech a ‘Core Value,’ YouTube CEO Says After Blocking Russian Opposition Videos

YouTube considers free speech to be one of its “core values” despite its removal of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s voting strategy videos ahead of Russia’s parliamentary elections, the video streaming site’s CEO told Bloomberg Television on Monday.   Google-owned YouTube sparked cries of censorship both in Russia and abroad when it blocked the “Smart Voting” video postedContinue reading “Free Speech a ‘Core Value,’ YouTube CEO Says After Blocking Russian Opposition Videos”

Pro-Putin party set to win Russian election after Navalny clampdown

Russia holds final day of parliamentary election Crackdown crushed Kremlin critics ahead of vote Activists promote tactical voting plan Watchdog records violations Russians voted on Sunday in the final stretch of a three-day parliamentary election that the ruling party is expected to win emphatically after a crackdown that crushed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s movement andContinue reading “Pro-Putin party set to win Russian election after Navalny clampdown”

Google, Apple remove Navalny app from stores as Russian elections begin

Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) and Apple (AAPL.O) have removed jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s tactical voting app from their stores, his team said on Friday, after Russia accused the U.S. tech firms of meddling in its internal affairs. Russia goes to the polls on Friday to elect a new parliament in a three-day vote that the ruling United Russia partyContinue reading “Google, Apple remove Navalny app from stores as Russian elections begin”

Russia: Opposition politician Boris Vishnevsky says two lookalikes with same name as him running in St Petersburg election in bid to confuse voters

Mr Vishnevsky, a member of the liberal opposition Yabloko party, said the incident showed his opponents see him as a strong contender, even going to the extent of altering their appearance. A Russian opposition politician, gearing up for an election, has criticised authorities after discovering two of his rivals have the same name as himContinue reading “Russia: Opposition politician Boris Vishnevsky says two lookalikes with same name as him running in St Petersburg election in bid to confuse voters”

Leaked Audio Reveals Alleged Secret Session to Rig Russia Election Results – Novaya Gazeta

A leaked audio recording published by the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper on Thursday has revealed alleged efforts to coordinate “falsification” of votes in Russia’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) on Friday announced it has launched a rapid-response inquiry into the recording. According to Novaya Gazeta, the recording was made by an unnamed participant in a trainingContinue reading “Leaked Audio Reveals Alleged Secret Session to Rig Russia Election Results – Novaya Gazeta”

Russia: Kremlin calls independent vote monitor ‘foreign agent’

The election monitoring group Golos has been added to a list of organizations with foreign backers. The move comes a month before Russia’s parliamentary vote. Russia’s justice ministry placed the independent election monitoring group Golos on a list of “foreign agents” on Wednesday, a month before Russians head to the polls. The decision is likelyContinue reading “Russia: Kremlin calls independent vote monitor ‘foreign agent’”

ABC reporter Rachel Scott presses Putin on dead, imprisoned opponents in viral clip

Putin did not answer the question posed by Scott directly but instead diverted to comments in regards to Black Lives Matter and the January attack on the United States Capitol On Wednesday, ABC News reporter Rachel Scott had a simple question for Russian President Vladimir Putin: “What are you so afraid of?” The Russian leader met with President Joe Biden earlier inContinue reading “ABC reporter Rachel Scott presses Putin on dead, imprisoned opponents in viral clip”

Vladimir Putin wouldn’t guarantee Alexei Navalny will leave prison alive in chilling message to Biden ahead of Geneva summit

Putin in an NBC News interview wouldn’t guarantee Navalny will leave prison alive. The Kremlin’s crackdown on dissent is one of many points of contention between the US and Russia. The White House suggested Biden will bring up Navalny during an upcoming summit with Putin. Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with NBC NewsContinue reading “Vladimir Putin wouldn’t guarantee Alexei Navalny will leave prison alive in chilling message to Biden ahead of Geneva summit”

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