The leader of Russia’s Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has denounced as enemies of Russia the activists who have organized protests over the country’s disputed December elections for the State Duma lower house of parliament.
The rally in the capital took place despite a heavy police presence aimed at preventing a repeat of December 5, when more than 5,000 protesters took to the streets to express their opposition to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party, which claimed a majority of seats in the December 4 parliamentary elections…[READ MORE]
Take a listen to the newest The Power Vertical podcast on Russia’s post-election fallout, and then join journalists Brian Whitmore and Kirill Kobrin on Wednesday at 11:30 am EST for RFE/RL’s first ever LIVE Facebook chat. Bring your questions and comments and help us make it a lively discussion. Listen to the podcast here.
BARANAVICHY, Belarus — Riding a bike is out. So is clapping. Now a Belarusian opposition activist has been banned from breathing deeply as a form of protest. Mikola Charnavus from the town of Baranavichy planned to stage a two-hour long “deep breathing” protest in front of the town’s monument to Lenin to protest the local authorities’ refusal to rent him a former collective farm…[READ MORE]
A protester is carried away during clashes with security forces Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 21.
Thousands of Egyptians are converging on Cairo’s Tahrir Square in response to a call by activists for a “million-man march” after an offer by the civilian cabinet to resign failed to quell unrest…[READ MORE]