Moscow City Court Upholds FSB’s Refusal to Release Raoul Wallenberg Documents

On February 20, 2018, the Moscow City Court considered the appeal of Mme. Marie Dupuy, the niece of Raoul Wallenberg, against the decision of the Meshchansky Regional Court (Moscow). On September 18, 2017 the Meshchansky Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Mme. Dupuy against Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) demanding access to particular documentation at the FSB Central… Read More »

Outcry of Russian Scientists

On December 27, 2017, 397 Russian academicians and corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN), professors and doctors of sciences sent an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which the “overwhelming majority of the academic corps” expressed dissatisfaction with the 2013 reform of the Academy. Scientists argued that “the style and methods of the… Read More »

Alexei Navalny’s Candidacy Denied

On December 25, 2017, the Central Electoral Commission refused to register the nomination of Navalny as a candidate for the President of Russia. But, in fact, Navalny does challenge Vladimir Putin: “Putin is horribly afraid — he sees a threat in competing with me,” Alexei Navalny said in a video. The meeting with the Commission was broadcast on… Read More »

The Executioners Defended

In December 1985, Professor Vladimir Efroimson, a prominent geneticist, gave a short and extremely emotional speech at Moscow Polytechnic Museum after the screening of a documentary about another famous geneticist, Academician Nikolai Vavilov (1887-1943), arrested in 1940 and sentenced to death as a “spy.” The death sentence was commuted to a 20-year imprisonment, and in August 1943 Vavilov… Read More »

Dmitry Peskov’s Mysterious Wealth

On December 22, 2017, President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov called “libel” the statement by the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) (created by Alexei Navalny, the charismatic leader of the Russian opposition Progress Party) that Peskov bought his former wife Ekaterina Solotsinskaya an apartment for 1.77 million euros. “It is claimed that I bought an apartment in Paris, which… Read More »

Monument Fever

On November 14, 2017, Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky unveiled in the city of Kaluga (about 200 km from Moscow) a new monument, a statue of Grand Duke Ivan III (1440–1505), the grandfather of Ivan the Terrible. The statue is in the same style as the infamous statue of St. Vladimir in Moscow. The Grand Duke’s figure… Read More »

Putin Unveils Hypocritical “Wall of Sorrow” Monument

On October 30, 2017, the Memorial Day for the Victims of Political Repressions, in Moscow, solemnly, with the participation of President Vladimir Putin and the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill, a huge bronze monument to the victims of political repressions of the Soviet period, called “Wall of Sorrow”, was unveiled. The inscription on the granite block,… Read More »

Russian Doctorate Corruption

On October 20, 2017, the Presidium of the Higher Attestation Commission (VAK) recommended not to deprive Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Minister of Culture, of the degree of Doctor of Historical Sciences. The Expert Council of VAK on History had previously voted for the deprivation of the academic degree, stating that Medinsky lacked the basic skills and knowledge necessary for a… Read More »