October 25, 2012 |
MOSCOW - An opposition activist being held by Russian authorities says he was kidnapped from Ukraine, tortured and forced to sign a confession, a human rights group said Wednesday. Leonid Razvozzhayev told five members of the Public Observer Commission on Tuesday night that he was abducted Friday in Kiev, smuggled back to Russia and subjected to ill treatment and psychological torment that compelled him to sign and read on videotape a 10-page confession of plotting to organize mass disturbances.
May 6, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See bottom for details. MOSCOW - In the biggest show of opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin since last May, thousands of demonstrators gathered Monday near the Kremlin to demand an immediate release of all political prisoners and new presidential and parliamentary elections. The protesters filled Bolotnaya Square, not far from the site of a mass protest march exactly one year earlier. That demonstration, on the eve of Putin's third presidential inauguration, ended violently, in clashes with police.
April 18, 2001 |
After seizing Russia's only independent national television network, energy giant Gazprom has moved swiftly to dismantle two related publications that were critical of the Kremlin. Amid grim days for media freedom in Russia, journalists from the liberal Itogi weekly newsmagazine were locked out and fired Tuesday, a day after the partially state-owned Gazprom joined forces with the head of the Sem Dney publishing house to shut down a leading newspaper, Sevodnya.
May 22, 1996 |
They're so crude and uncultured that few envy their fabulous wealth. They're such tacky dressers that noses wrinkle in unison whenever they penetrate the posh gathering places of the beautiful people. And they're so stupid, greedy and gullible, it is obvious at first glance that the strutting Philistines dubbed "New Russians" could be successful only through thuggery or dumb luck.