Unlike the last US Presidential elections, there were no recounts or
dodgy chads to create nail biting tension in the recent Russian Duma
elections. The contest for places in Russia’s Duma (the parliament) went
almost as planned in Vladimir Putin’s “managed democracy”. Perhaps the
Mikhail Khodorkovskii, one of Russia’s richest men and head of the giant
company Yukos Oil, was taken from his private jet, on 25 October, by
armed state security personnel. Khordokovskii’s arrest and the charges
laid against him - embezzlement, fraud and tax evasion - have triggered
a legal, political and...
President Putin’s ’war against terror’ has brought the very terror to
Moscow itself. Last week, a group of 50 heavily armed Chechens drove
through Moscow in two minibuses and seized a theatre in the middle of a
popular musical show. 7-800 people in the theatre were held as hostages.
A young member of Socialist Resistance (the CWI section in the CIS),
Sergei Kozlovskii, has been brought to court and sued for the sum of
50,000 rubles (almost 2,000 euros) by Tamara Dadianova, who is a
well-known "patriotic" writer. Dadianova has close links to the local
authorities in Sergei’s home...
Press release by the CWI in Russia on the arrests of anti-EU protesters
in Moscow (see article, Anti-EU protesters beaten and arrested by Moscow
police, posted on 29 May 2002). A number of the protesters were released
late on 28 May and appeared in court on the morning of 29 May. The court
hearings have been delayed. We...
Police arrested 25 people protesting against the EU summit in Moscow
today, Tuesday 28 May at 15 45 hrs (Moscow time). Reports so far
indicate that five on them were badly beaten. The police are refusing to
comment on what is happening to those arrested. Those detained include