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Russian Separatism: The Hotbeds of Tension
29 August 2014
Russian Separatism: The Hotbeds of Tension

The Ukrainian crisis has once again kindled the flames of Russian separatism—a problem that has plagued the authorities for many years. On August 17, 2014, the so-called “March for the Federalization of Siberia” was supposed to take place in Novosibirsk, but it was forbidden from occurring by the local authorities. All articles covering the issue were retracted upon the request of Roskomnadzor, the Russian state media watchdog. Writer and journalist Alexander Podrabinek discusses which Russian regions have the potential to become breakaways.

 
Soviet Nationalist Dissidents: The Drama of Veche Magazine. Part One
29 August 2014
Soviet Nationalist Dissidents: The Drama of Veche Magazine. Part One

The Institute of Modern Russia continues its series of articles by well-known scholar Alexander Yanov on the history of Russian nationalism in the USSR. In the new, which will be published in two parts, the author discusses the fates of the dissident faction of the nationalist opposition in USSR, represented by a samizdat magazine titled Veche. It was inspired by the works of Pan-Slavism ideologist Nikolai Danilevsky.

 
The World Has Fallen Out of Love with Russia
27 August 2014
The World Has Fallen Out of Love with Russia

The results of several recently published public opinion polls have shown that Russia’s reputation abroad has drastically worsened. According to sociologists, this change has been caused by Russia’s aggressive policies toward Ukraine. At the same time, IMR advisor Boris Bruk notes, public sentiment inside Russia has moved in the opposite direction.

 
The Bolotnaya “Justice”
20 August 2014
The Bolotnaya “Justice”

On August 18, 2014, the Moscow City Court convicted four defendants in the “second wave” of the Bolotnaya Square case. Alexei Gaskarov and Alexander Margolin each received three and a half years in prison colonies; Ilya Gushchin received two and a half years of imprisonment; and Elena Kokhtareva, who pled guilty, was sentenced to three years and three months suspended. In a special article for IMR, social defender and journalist Dmitry Borko summarizes the results of this politically motivated criminal case.