Raids, arrests, and a terror-related verdict against a journalist examining the root causes of a violent act. Russia's first week under an amended constitution that opens the path for Vladimir Putin to remain president until was packed with developments that deepened concerns among opponents, rights activists, and critics about the country's direction in a potentially harrowing new era. Here are some of the key developments in Russia over the past week and some of the takeaways going forward. Warning Signs In September , late in what would have been President Vladimir Putin's final term had he not resolved to remain in power far longer, Mikhail Gorbachev warned against the rehabilitation of Josef Stalin , saying that the Soviet dictator's lethal heyday was being portrayed as a "golden era" — with dangerous, potentially disastrous consequences for Russia's future. It was one of many warnings since the Soviet collapse, from Gorbachev and others, that Russia must reckon with the darker episodes of its past and examine the roots of its problems in the present -- not leave them buried or twist them for short-term political purposes -- if it is to have a brighter future. The words of warning came to mind in light of the verdict handed down to journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva on July 6, two days after the changed constitution came into force: Guilty, the judge ruled, of "justifying terrorism," a charge stemming from a commentary about a bombing at the offices of the Federal Security Service FSB in the northern city of Arkhangelsk. The suspected attacker, a year-old boy who died when his homemade bomb exploded, had posted remarks on social media in which he accused the FSB of falsifying criminal cases.
It started when the principal yanked Marieta Velikova and some of her fellow ninth graders out of class at their high school in western Siberia in Russia. The tests she took that day in were the first in a grueling string of exams that landed Velikova in an elite group of Russian ninth graders picked to spend a year in America. Fellow professors chose her to deliver the commencement address in December at a packed Curb Event Center ceremony. I get to go to America!
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By Will Stewart for MailOnline. A teenage lynch mob beat and knifed a suspected paedophile to death in Russia, say police. Three youths have been detained after a violent film of the year-old-man's beating - shot by a female friend of the alleged killers - was uploaded to the web. The man had arranged to meet a year-old girl after telling her he wanted sex with her during a social media chat, say police. The girl arrived for the 'date' with a gang of teenage friends, it was reported. Footage shows the vigilante teens kicking and beating the alleged paedophile as he lay prostrate in long grass near Efremovo, in the Tula region.
View Iframe URL. After the meeting, Muratov and a longtime friend, the politician Grigory Yavlinsky, celebrated the Nobel with schnitzel, mashed potatoes, and vodka at the Novaya Gazeta cafeteria. People have been congratulating me and bringing a lot of alcohol. This looks like it would be good. He refilled them. Novaya Gazeta , a registered nonprofit, depends primarily on donations, and Muratov had a meeting with a donor. It publishes a print issue three times a week the October 11th issue—the first one after the Nobel—featured Ressa on the cover , with a press run of ninety thousand, and releases a constant stream of online articles, videos, and podcasts; its Web site draws about half a million unique visitors per day, and about nine million per month. Novaya Gazeta is known for its conflict reporting, particularly from Chechnya and eastern Ukraine, and its investigations: it was the Russian partner in the international consortium of journalists that mined the Panama Papers, which exposed the offshore bank accounts linked to many world leaders and their allies, including close associates of Putin. But most people probably think of Novaya Gazeta first as the publication that lost six journalists and contributors to murder between and The newspaper and its staff operate in a near-constant state of emergency, always under threat and often on the verge of folding.