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Putin jails Pussy Riot activists and cracks down on opposition protest

Putin jails Pussy Riot activists and cracks down on opposition protest Three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in a prison colony by a Moscow court today, Friday.

Pussy Riot trial is part of Putin's crackdown on protest

Pussy Riot trial is part of Putins crackdown on protest The trial of three members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot began in Moscow this week. They are charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after performing a protest song at the altar of one of Moscow’s major Orthodox cathedrals in February.

Russia's first Occupy protest builds opposition to Putin

Hundreds of anti-government protesters have been camping out in central Moscow for over a week, in Russia’s first occupy protest.

New mood of opposition to Putin in Russia

Some 100,000 people took part in an angry demonstration in Moscow on Sunday against the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin.

Bulgakov’s biting satire on Stalinism brought to life

Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita does not lend itself to adaption for stage. Set in Moscow during the darkest days of Stalinist rule, it tells of a visit to the city by Satan and his retinue.

Russia: anger erupts after election

Around 20,000 people protested in Pushkin Square in central Moscow on Monday against Vladimir Putin’s claim to have won the presidential election.

Determined Russians demand the removal of Putin

07 February 2012
An angry crowd of more than 100,000 people surged through Moscow last Saturday demanding fair elections.

Russia rocked by anti-Putin protests

13 December 2011
At least 80,000 people protested in Moscow last Saturday against the falsification of parliamentary election results.

Russia could use Moscow bombs to justify a new crackdown

25 January 2011
The bombing of Russia’s Domodedovo airport in Moscow, which saw at least 35 people killed and more than 100 injured, was blamed on "Islamic terrorists" from the Caucasus region.

Moscow bombings—another excuse for war?

30 March 2010
The response to the bombing of the Moscow underground on Monday was predictable.

How Afghanistan became the graveyard of the Russian empire

08 September 2009
In the early 1990s a common sight in the Moscow metro was young men in military uniform begging for money. They had no legs. These were some of the victims of Russia’s disastrous occupation of Afghanistan.

Stalin’s unholy alliance with Hitler

01 September 2009
When German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop arrived in Moscow in August 1939 to meet his Russian counterpart, Russian dictator Joseph Stalin turned out to greet him.

Russian protests at the economic crisis

03 February 2009
Defying riot police, protesters took to the streets of Vladivostok, Moscow and other Russian cities in protest at the economic crisis.

Turmoil on Wall Street hammers Moscow’s markets

30 September 2008
The shockwaves from the US credit crisis have started to crash into Russia’s economy.

Polish activists: ‘We’ve had Moscow, we don’t want Washington’

19 August 2008
The US and Poland’s leaders have escalated the militarisation of Europe and the tensions between the West and Russia.

Anna Politkovskaya: Putin and the reporter he killed

14 October 2006
Anna Politkovskaya, the journalist murdered by a hit-man in Moscow last Saturday, was Russia’s Robert Fisk. At great personal risk she reported Russia’s criminal occupation of Chechnya.

When midnight struck in Moscow

22 October 2005
By December 1905, Russia was gearing itself up for a full-scale counter-revolution.

Russia's reign of terror in Chechnya

02 November 2002
OVER 100 people were killed by the gas which Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered to be pumped into the Moscow theatre siege last weekend. The horror of the siege's end gave a glimpse of the brutal methods used by the Russian state in Chechnya, methods which created the hostage crisis. Putin, along with Tony Blair and most of the British press, describe the Chechens as fanatical terrorists.

Flying the flag for revolution

27 November 1999
THIS WORKERS' banner (above) is from the period of the Russian Revolution of 1917. It is one of many fascinating items on show in the "Banners at Large" exhibition at The Pumphouse People's History Museum in Manchester until 30 January next year. The banner was sent from the textile workers of Moscow to the textile workers of Yorkshire in about 1920. It was brought to Britain by Maggie Jordan, a mill worker from Shipley.

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