George Orwell’s “Hate Week” on Russian TV

Angus Roxburgh is a British distinguished foreign correspondent. He knows Russia well: in the 1980s, he was the Sunday Times Moscow correspondent until he was expelled from the Soviet Union accused of espionage; in the 1990s, he was back to Moscow as the BBC’s Moscow correspondent. Later he worked as an advisor and speechwriter for Putin’s communications team. His knowledge… Read More »

Academy of Science Independence Imperiled

On June 9, 2017, a group of academicians and correspondent members published an open letter appealing to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Chairwoman of the Federal Council (upper chamber of the Russian Parliament) Valentina Matvienko, and Speaker of the Duma (lower chamber of the Parliament) Vyacheslav Volodin. In the letter, scientists described problems with the draft of… Read More »

Power of the Siloviks Widens

On July 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that expands the Federal Security Service (FSO) powers. The draft of the law was introduced in February of 2017 to the State Duma by Putin himself. Now the FSO is able to classify information about the property of the highest state officials. The text of the law is… Read More »

Russian Poverty Statistics

On June 29, 2017, the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) presented data of a poll on Russian consumers’ opportunities. VTsIOM is the state-owned and government-run institution that reports to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. The poll was made on May 25-29, 2017 in 130 towns, cities and settlements of 52 Russian regions and included 1,600… Read More »

Russia Prepares to Fight Itself

On May 24, 2017 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree stating that by the decision of the President, “military units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, other military formations and organs can be transferred to the operational subordination of the district commander of the National Guard [known also as Rosguards – V. B.] to carry out… Read More »

Fox News’ Julie Roginsky takes on the Russian Embassy

In the program ClapBack, aired by the American Fox News channel on May 18, 2017, the Russian-speaking host Julie Roginsky continued the squabble with the press secretary of the Russian Embassy in the United States, Nicolai (Nick) Lakhonin. Previously, on May 11, during her show Roginsky made several statements in Russian. Then she switched to English and ironically… Read More »

Fine Finally Paid in the Magnitsky Case

Denis Katsyv, the son of the vice-president of the company “Russian Railways” (RZhD) Pyotr Katsyv, will pay $ 5.9 million to the US Treasury in connection with the first case in the West linked to the Magnitsky Case on laundering 5.4 billion rubles (230 million dollars) stolen from Russian citizens. Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who uncovered the massive corruption… Read More »

New Victory of Boris Sokolov in the Court

On May 4, 2017, the Moscow City Court rejected the complaint by Aleksandr Khinstein, Adviser to Army General Viktor Zolotov, Director of the Rosguards (the Russian security army that reports directly to President Vladimir Putin), and a publicist, to the decision of Presnensky Regional Court of Moscow on the case of the memoir by the former KGB Chairman… Read More »