“What’s happening here is completely outrageous and disgraceful for our country. I’m here for two reasons: first, whatever you think about what these girls have done, they don’t deserve to be in jail; and second, I feel ashamed of my country.”
Opposition figure Leonid Gozman tells RFE/RL’s Russian Service outside the Tagansky court in Moscow as the court prepared to hear an appeal to extend the detention of Pussy Riot members.
Read more on RFE/RL’s Russian Service’s website (in RU) about today’s Pussy Riot picket in Moscow.
Read more about the Pussy Riot case: Lawyer Slams Jail Reprimands For Pussy Riot Members
The three members of female Russian punk band Pussy Riot who have been held in custody pending charges: (left-to-right): Ekaterina Samusevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Maria Alyokhina.
Gennady Gudkov, a State Duma member of the opposition A Just Russia party, speaking today to RFE/RL’s Russian Service during an opposition march in Moscow.
“It doesn’t seem that there will be any repressive actions at this point and I don’t even think there are enough [police personnel] for that. The police is absolutely peaceful, as you can see, so I don’t think there will be any harsh actions [against protesters].”
Video by @SvobodaRadio
Moscow City Court has upheld a lower-court decision to keep two members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot in pretrial detention until at least April 24. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were arrested last month after staging a noisy protest at Christ the Savior Cathedral near the Kremlin against the continued rule of Vladimir Putin. About 20 supporters of the women gathered near the court on March 14, where they were aggressively confronted by counterprotesters. Three of the group’s supporters were detained by police.
Moscow, March 10 — Several thousand demonstrators rallied in central Moscow to denounce the March 4 presidential election that was won by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and call for a new election.
Ksenia Sobchak’s timing was impeccable.
As more than 100,000 gathered in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to pay homage to Vladimir Putin, the 30-year-old socialite-turned-social-commentator posted adarkly satirical video on YouTube parodying the spate of faux — and often forced — demonstrations of fealty toward the once-and-future Russian president…[READ MORE]
First “Putin’s Arrest” and now “Berlusputin.” Someone is getting an awful lot of fantasy screen time this week!
Theater group Teatr.doc premiered a new political satire on February 14 in Moscow. Director Varvara Faer explains that “Berlusputin” is a reinterpretation for Russian audiences of a play by Italian Nobel laureate Dario Fo, in which scientists create a monstrous hybrid of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Produced by Alexander Kulygin of RFE/RL’s Russian Service.
See the video on RFE/RL’s English website.
In case you missed it, read “Fifty Seconds That Shook The Russian Internet.”
Ekho Moskvy radio commentator Matvei Ganapolsky speaking on Dozhd TV in #Moscow about the dissolving of the Ekho Moskvy board of directors.
“Of course, I doubt that Vladimir Putin gave an order to do something about Ekho Moskvy. But don’t forget that Gazprom Media is a state organization, so they feel they need to make some body movements — I’m quoting [Aleksei] Venediktov here — to show that, because [Putin] has criticized Ekho Moskvy, now they’re helping him criticize it.”
Read more about the reshuffling of the Ekho Moskvy board of directors.