“Khimki citizens informed our headquarters that resident registration offices worked overnight and 200 new Khimki residents were registered just in one [election] district. We are going to verify this information and see how it was possible that registration offices worked through the night before election day. This election is neither fair nor clean.”
Russian environmentalist and opposition activist Yevgenia Chirikova, who is running for the mayor’s office in the Moscow Oblast town of Khimki, speaking today (October 14) to journalists in Khimki.
Read more in English: Russians To Polls For Local Elections
“They got used to [the aircraft]. They weren’t afraid, they were overtaking the deltaplane, flying close to the wing from the left, from the right, from above. Well done. Beautiful guys. Cute.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking on September 5 to Russian television on the Yamal Peninsula after flying with a copilot in a motorized deltaplane light aircraft to help lead endangered cranes on a migration route.
(Photos by RIA Novosti)
The classic Soviet-era children’s cartoon “Nu, pogodi!” features a hapless wolf trying to catch a crafty rabbit, sort of like Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner from those old Looney Tunes shorts.
But just imagine Wile E. Coyote with a lit cigarette dangling from his lips. Or 10 cigarettes at the same time. That will give you an idea of the dilemma facing broadcasters in today’s Russia…[READ MORE]
A disabled-rights campaigner in Tatarstan is suing the authorities in the Russian republic over what he sees as subpar access rights for disabled people. And by the looks of some of the photos he’s provided of the republic’s capital, he has a point…[read more]
“According to the Emergencies Ministry, 34.650 people have been affected [by the flood], 171 people died, 29.000 completely lost their property. More than 400 houses have been raised to the ground and this figure is not final.”
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaking today (July 13) at the Russian Cabinet meeting in Moscow about the flood-stricken Krasnodar region.
Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky and author Lyudmila Ulitskaya speaking today with RFE/RL’s Russian Service in Moscow. Konchalovsky and Ulitskaya, along with some 100 Russian celebrities, signed an open letter calling for the release of jailed Pussy Riot band members.
“To be incarcerated in Russian pretrial detention is already torture. Fine, you can punish them for hooliganism and jail them for 15 days, but to hold them in prison for four months is outright savagery. Needless to say, I haven’t expected any justice from a Russian court in a long time, but the authorities must respond to this, particularly Vladimir Putin. I don’t believe this kind of action by a Russian court can be done without a nod from the top leadership,” says Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky in an interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service.
“This was an absolutely trifling incident that wasn’t even worth reporting, or it was worth two lines on the last page of a tabloid newspaper. But they turned it into a national scandal. This is absolutely idiotic. What’s most striking here is the spectacularly pathetic incompetence of the authorities, both state and church authorities, because what they’re doing is discrediting the church,” says Russian author Lyudmila Ulitskaya in an interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service.
Read more about the petition signed by more than 100 Russian cultural figures, calling for the release of three Pussy Riot punk band members.
As Russia’s most recognizable “prisoner of conscience,” Mikhail Khodorkovsky celebrated his 49th birthday in prison, a small group of opposition activists gathered in Moscow to telegram birthday wishes to the former Russian oligarch.
Take a look at this Storify of the birthday rallies in support of Khodorovsky.
Also, read RFE/RL’s Russian Service’s interview with Pavel, Khodorovsky’s son.
The captain and star of Russia’s national soccer team, Andrei Arshavin, has come in for a firestorm of criticism from politicians and others back home over remarks he made after Russia crashed out early from the Euro 2012 championship.