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Russia’s Human Rights: 3 Steps Back

July 28, 2012

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BY: Anna Malinovskaya Three pieces of legislation infringing on human rights marked the first few months of Putin’s presidency and attracted fierce criticism from leading human rights activists. On June 9, 2012, changes to the federal law on assembly, rally, demonstration, and picketing came into force. They were initiated by the “United Russia” party and […]

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Buying Your Way to an A! Corruption Within the Russian School System

February 10, 2012

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By: Anna Malinovskaya A recent series of articles on corruption in Russia’s education system has attracted my attention. Most of the articles try to estimate the bribes annual turnover or quote officials from the Ministry of Education on the measures they take to combat corruption. For example, according to the Russian online newspaper Nezavisimaya (“Independent”), […]

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Dirtiest Election in Russian History Results in Numerous Protests and Arrests

January 26, 2012

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  By: Anna Malinovskaya Russian newspaper Sobesednik has called Russia’s recent parliament elections “the dirtiest in Russia’s history.” German media company Deutsche Welle released an article titled “Independent observers: these are the dirtiest elections over the last decade.” Independent observers from Deutsche Welle, registered many violations during the elections of December 4th. One of such […]

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Investigative Journalist and Newspaper Founder Gadzhimurat Kamalov Assassinated in Dagestan

December 20, 2011

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RUSSIA.— Gadzhimurat Kamalov, one of Russia’s leading investigative journalists has been shot dead in Russia’s North Caucasus region. Kamalov was the  founder of Chernovik, a newspaper well known for its investigation into government corruption. Authorities say Kamalov was shot eight times by an unidentified gunman as he was leaving his office at Chernovik in the capital […]

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