High-Profile Cases

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    The Kremlin Takes On a Resurrected Navalny

    Putin’s spokesman’s vitriolic attack on opposition politician Alexei Navalny—calling him a CIA puppet and accusing him of insulting the president—is a continuation of attempts to marginalize Navalny amid his post-poisoning prominence.

    • Op-Ed

    How Many More Red Lines Is the Russian State Prepared to Cross?

    A new cold war is being waged without rules and without any kind of visible desire from the Russian side to initiate a new “détente,” or at least a “reset”.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Navalny’s Poisoning Is the Act of a Sickly Regime

    The formation of a “protection services” market is a dangerous trend for the Russian power system. Navalny may have been poisoned by people who believe that the regime is no longer capable of dealing with threats itself.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Silencing Dissent: Russian Culture on Trial

    The Serebrennikov case reveals a split within the Russian elite, and Putin’s refusal to back one side or the other. One part of it wants to re-Sovietize culture and punish artists who do not fit with their conservative agenda, while others continue to value artistic freedom.   

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Moscow Protest Cases Show Public Opinion Can No Longer Be Ignored

    Something has obviously changed in the legal system, and that something is the logic of repression. Despite all the skepticism, it seems that public opinion does play a role in the degree of repression in each particular case.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Might Before Rights: Russia Shakes Up Its Human Rights Council

    The replacement of Russia’s Human Rights Council head Mikhail Fedotov, who was completely loyal to the authorities, with United Russia party member Valery Fadeyev, determines the council’s status once and for all. It is first and foremost a presidential council, and only then a human rights council.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Unorthodox Appeal: Russian Priests Defend Moscow Protesters

    An open letter written by Russian Orthodox priests in defense of those imprisoned over recent protests in Moscow is that rare case when the use of the word “unprecedented” is no exaggeration. It’s the first time ever that the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church have taken collective action that was not sanctioned by the church authorities.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    How the Moscow Protest Cases Are Changing Russia’s Justice System

    By September, the criminal cases brought against Moscow protesters had stopped being described as a “second Bolotnaya case,” and rightly so, because it was a false analogy. We have entered a new phase, in which we are seeing political protest cases that would previously have been classified as administrative violations be reassigned en masse as more serious crimes.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Repression Rollback: First Moscow Protesters See Charges Dropped

    After two months of trial and error in dealing with the Moscow protests, it looks like the Russian authorities have started to define their red lines. As before, the slightest physical resistance to the authorities is met with harsh punishment, but the siloviki have stopped short of openly fabricating cases: not for the sake of society, but because this concerns the president too. The level of repression is abating, together with the displeasure of the civilian section of the elite closest to the president, which had been alarmed by the siloviki’s attempts to alter the status quo.

    • Carnegie.ru Commentary

    Panic and Secrecy Reign Following Mysterious Explosion in Russia

    In Russia, any information can be classified without discussion, from genuinely secret data about military developments to information that is in the public interest, such as the level of radiation in cities, and the names of those killed or injured as the result of an accident. Official recognition of these deaths, by naming the victims and according them full honors, could have become a source of pride and a good precedent, but the authorities still have not done this following the explosion near Severodvinsk: it’s not even known exactly how many people were injured.

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    Alexander Baunov
    Senior Fellow
    Editor in Chief of Carnegie.ru
    Carnegie Moscow Center
    Baunov is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center and editor in chief of Carnegie.ru.
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    Andrey Movchan
    Nonresident Scholar
    Economic Policy Program
    Carnegie Moscow Center
    Movchan is a nonresident scholar in the Economic Policy Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.

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