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Journalist and human rights defender Anna Politkovskaya was assassinated on 10.7.2006.

Full justice will not be served until those who ordered the crime are identified and face the courts.

Journalists and human rights defenders continue to face persecution in Russia. The situation is especially alarming in Chechen Republic where they work amidst threats and violence. In the climate of impunity, attacks and smear campaigns continue.

Russian authorities must take responsibility for ending the violence. I urge you to ensure that all attacks and threats against human rights defenders and journalists are thoroughly investigated and those responsible are identified and brought to justice in fair proceedings.

October 7 marks the 10th anniversary of the murder of  Anna Politkovskaya. This day, members of Russian diaspora will come together to honor the memory of Anna and demand Russian authorities to investigate the killing.

Come and bring your friends.

On Monday, August 29th, news broke that Islam Karimov, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, suffered a brain hemorrhage and had been hospitalized. Rumors abound that President Karimov has died, but the statements pronouncing him dead are still unconfirmed.

Continue reading Tashkent’s Tough Road Ahead: Uzbekistan after Karimov

On Friday, June 10th, experts in Washington discussed the possibility of strengthening civil society and democratic institutions, which are existent but weak in today’s Russia, through technological entrepreneurship.

Continue reading Technology: A means of strengthening democracy in Russia?

On June 9, at the Atlantic Council headquarters, the Institute of Modern Russia, the Atlantic Council, and Free Russia held a panel discussion on the prospects for Russia’s 2016 parliamentary election.

Continue reading Experts Highlight Crucial Role of International Observers at Russia’s Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

A number of eminent Russian and American experts discussed the ways to ensure a future for democratic civil society in Russia at a long-day conference organized by Free Russia Foundation, Movements.org and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation in on June, 10th, in Washington, DC.

Continue reading Ensuring a Future for Democratic Civil Society in Russia – Discussion’s Summary

Deliberate lies of Nekrasov’s anti-Magnitsky film was exposed in a new 50-page presentation by Magnitsky Justice Campaign.

Continue reading Press Release – Deliberate Lies of Nekrasov’s Anti-Magnitsky Film

Free Russia Foundation, Movements.org and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation are happy to invite you to attend  a day-long conference “Ensuring a Future for Democratic Civil Society in Russia.”

Continue reading DC – Ensuring a Future for Democratic Civil Society in Russia

On April 27, 2016, Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative hosted U.S. screening and the English-language premiere of the film “Who Is Mr. Putin?”

Continue reading Who Is Mister Putin? Anastasia Kirilenko in Washington, DC

Free Russia Foundation expresses its full support to Vladimir Bukovsky, a fierce critic of President Putin and legendary dissident, who has recently announced a hunger strike to protest charges against him by British prosecutors.

Continue reading Free Russia expresses its full support to Vladimir Bukovsky

Russian opposition leader Ilya Yashin presented a report to the Atlantic Council in the United States about Chechen firebrand Ramzan Kadyrov on March 24.

Continue reading The Rut of Ramzan: Yashin presents report on Kadyrov

Putin’s Administration uses a variety of methods to silence those who disagree with the Kremlin’s policies, including political assassinations. Many Kremlin critics have been silenced by murder and the list is growing – Starovoitova, Yushenkov, Shchekochikhin, Politkovskaya, Litvinenko, Nemtsov and others.

Continue reading Silencing Voices of Russian Opposition

Dear colleagues and supporters, the team of Free Russia Foundation is happy to announce that we have received our 501 (c) 3 status, and we have been recognized as a Public Charity by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States.

Continue reading Free Russia has been recognized as a public charity

On Saturday, Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and Georgians across North America paid their respects to murdered Russian dissident Boris Nemtsov a year after his grisly assassination.

Continue reading Russian Diaspora Remembers Nemtsov 1 year later

Today, we would like to share with you the first article ever published by Free Russia Foundation exactly one year ago – our tribute to Boris Nemtsov. Let’s take a look back and think about what has changed or not since.

Continue reading One year without Boris Nemtsov

An annual report produced by human rights campaign group, Amnesty International, has condemned the state of human rights in Russia.

Continue reading Media Freedom Remains “Severely Restricted” in Russia – Amnesty International

On February 17th, 2016, three policy experts discussed the situation in Chechnya and the implications of the situation for Russian domestic politics.

Continue reading Experts discuss the situation in Chechnya

Recently, the Kremlin has resorted to its standard method of using Gopniki [a pejorative term to refer to aggressive young lower-class suburban male dwellers coming from families of poor education and income – FRF] and Siloviki [security and law-enforcement structures – FRF] to carry out harassment.

Continue reading The Russian opposition continues to endure constant hounding

At first glance, Putin’s Russia might give one an erroneous impression that the majority of active citizens have already left the country, and those who stayed behind are all packed and ready to go anywhere at a moment’s notice.

Continue reading On the good side. In modern Russia

Free Russia Foundation supports the statement of Amnesty International regarding the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Continue reading The federal authorities should respond to Ramzan Kadyrov

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual press conference today in Moscow. This event usually is not the place for tough questions, except for a very few. Free Russia is sharing Putin’s replies to only on the questions that deserve attention.

Continue reading Six questions to Vladimir Putin

Ukrainian human rights activists believe that over 87 percent of Ukrainian soldiers and half the civilians who have been taken prisoner by Kremlin-backed, pro-Russian militants in the Donbas have been subjected to torture or ill treatment.

Continue reading Russian Military and Mercenaries Directly Implicated in Torture of Ukrainian Prisoners

The constitution of “New” Russia was adopted on December 12, 1993. To mark the twenty-second anniversary of our country’s fundamental law, the authorities have decided to adopt several initiatives that are directly destroying some of the constitution’s articles and provisions.

Continue reading On the Day of Russian Constitution

Svetlana Alekseevich, the laureate of Nobel Prize in Literature 2015, has delivered a traditional Nobel memorial lecture today. We, at Free Russia, think that it’s very important to share the full text with you.

Continue reading On the Battle Lost. Svetlana Alekseevich’s Nobel lecture (full text)

Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his annual State of the Nation Address to both houses of the Federal Assembly. Continue reading Putin talks Terrorism in the State of the Nation

An investigation published by anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny’s Anticorruption Foundation (FBK) alleges the Russian Prosecutor-General’s son is implicated in corrupt business dealings.

Continue reading Prosecutor-General’s Son Implicated in Corruption – Alexei Navalny

For centuries, the Russian Empire and Ottoman Empire fought each other, Russia usually emerging victorious The rivalry stretches back to the 1500s when the first Russo-Turkish War took place in 1568.  Continue reading Yet Another Nationalist Spat: Russia and Turkey back at odds

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) has passed a law banning discrimination in the workplace related to sexual orientation. It was the last and most controversial law to pass the Verkhovna Rada for the European Union to formally consider allowing visa-free travel from the EU to Ukraine. Continue reading LGBT Rights: Ukraine inches forward, Russia stays in the dark

On Monday, November 9, the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom was established in Germany. It was founded by Zhanna Nemtsova, the oldest daughter of the slain member of the opposition Boris Nemtsov. Continue reading Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom was established in Germany

Yesterday night, a Russian activist Peter Pavlensky set fire to the entrance to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters in Lubyanka, Moscow.

Continue reading Russian artist sets the Security Service’s entrance on fire

The University of Oxford, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, is under fire for accepting a donation of £75 million ($115 million) from Len Blavatnik to build new facilities for the Blavatnik School of Government. Continue reading Russian Oligarchs in Oxford

Ten years ago, President Vladimir Putin cancelled the state celebration of the Day of October Revolution on November 7 (also known as The Day of Great October Socialist Revolution during the Soviet period). Continue reading Russia’s Unity Day: the transformation of majority

“Relatively good, to bad, to worse” – That’s how the relationship between the United States and Russia was described at the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative event, A Conversation with Vladimir Milov. Continue reading Russia’s Reality. The Conversation with Vladimir Milov

Twenty-five years have passed since the internet began uniting the world in a single network.  We began to live in an era of information and communication. For those of us who were born and grew up with the net, it was a fantastic opportunity to communicate with each other, to get instant access to any information or knowledge, to live in a free world without borders. Continue reading Russian Internet: the Gov. vs the People?

On October 26, 2015, at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, a panel discussion occurred centering around the future of the Russian economy and more specifically the large energy sector.

Continue reading Analysts predict grim outlook for the future of the Russian economy

During last week, we kept telling you that ‪#‎PutinKills‬ reminds us about ordinary people who became victims of Putin’s regime in Russia. Earlier today, Vladimir Putin delivered his speech at the UN General Assembly, and we would like to share with you one more story – the story of unknown Russian soldiers.

Continue reading #PutinKills Unknown Soldiers in the Undeclared War

Alexander Litvinenko, a former officer of Russian security service FSB, died of poisoning with the radioactive isotope Polonium-210 (P-210) in the first ever nuclear terrorist attack in November 2006 in London. In 2014, the UK Government established an official inquiry to investigate Mr. Litvinenko’s death.

Continue reading Is Putin personally complicit in radioactive poisoning of Litvinenko?

The Moscow theatre siege in many ways marked a turning point in how we perceive Vladimir Putin. It was the ruthless and needless gassing of hostages along with terrorists on the cold October night of 2002 that held an answer to the question many still had – who is Vladimir Putin?

Continue reading Nord-Ost. The Wait for Justice

As part of the #PutinKills awareness campaign, we would like to tell you about ordinary people who became victims of Putin’s regime in Russia. Here’s a few words about Emma Bell, one of the passengers of MH17 flight.

Continue reading #PutinKills Emma Bell

As part of the #PutinKills awareness campaign, we would like to tell you about ordinary people who became victims of Putin’s regime in Russia. One of the first tragedies that happened during Putin’s presidency was the Kursk submarine disaster. Here are a few words about Lieutenant Captain Denis Pshenichnikov.

Continue reading #PutinKills Lieutenant Captain Denis Pshenichnikov

As part of the #PutinKills awareness campaign, we would like to tell you about ordinary people who became victims of Putin’s regime in Russia. Here’s a few words about Shaliza Zain Dewa, Johannes van den Hende and their kids.

Continue reading #PutinKills Shaliza Zain Dewa, Johannes van den Hende and their kids

As a part of the #PutinKills awareness campaign, we would like to tell you about ordinary people who became victims of Putin’s regime in Russia. The most horrible tragedy that happened during Putin’s presidency was the Beslan school siege. Here’s a story of one of the liberators of Beslan – officer Andrey Turkin.

Continue reading #PutinKills Andrey Turkin

As a part of the #PutinKIlls awareness campaign, we would like to tell you about ordinary people who became victims of Putin’s regime in Russia. One of the tragedies that happened during Putin’s presidency was the terrorist attack on the Nord-Ost opera in Moscow. Here is the story of one of the victims – Sandy Booker.

Continue reading #PutinKills Sandy Booker

As part of the #PutinKIlls awareness campaign, we would like to tell you about ordinary people who became victims of Putin’s regime in Russia. One of the first tragedies that happened during Putin’s presidency was Kursk submarine disaster. Here are a few words about Commander Yuri Schepetnov.

Continue reading #PutinKills Commander Yuri Schepetnov

As part of the #PutinKills awareness campaign, we would like to tell you about ordinary people who became victims of the Putin’s regime in Russia. Here’s a few words about Elaine Teoh and Emiel Mahler, the young  couple that was flying on the MH17 flight.

Continue reading #PutinKills Elaine Teoh and Emiel Mahler

As a part of the #PutinKills awareness campaign, we would like to tell you about ordinary people who became victims of Putin’s regime in Russia. The most horrible tragedy that happened during Putin’s presidency was the Beslan school siege. Here’s our modest tribute to the children of Beslan.

Continue reading #PutinKills Beslan’s children

As a part of the #PutinKIlls awareness campaign, we would like to tell you about ordinary people who became victims of Putin’s regime in Russia. One of the tragedies that happened during Putin’s presidency was the terrorist attack on the Nord-Ost opera in Moscow. And here is the story of one of the victims – Olga Romanova

Continue reading #PutinKills Olga Romanova

As  part of the #PutinKIlls awareness campaign, we would like to tell you about ordinary people who became victims of Putin’s regime in Russia. One of the first tragedies that happened during Putin’s presidency was the Kursk submarine disaster. Here are a few words about Lieutenant Commander Dmitry Murachev.

Continue reading #PutinKills Lieutenant Commander Dmitry Murachev

Vladimir Putin is coming to New York on September, 28 to give a speech at the UN General Assembly’s 70th anniversary.

Continue reading #PutinKills – Join the campaign!

In Eastern Ukraine the shooting does not cease, in occupied Crimea the main “tourists” have long been Russian tanks and other heavy weapons, Russia pointedly puts the UN Security Council veto on the establishment of an international tribunal to investigate the disaster downed “Boeing” that is actually an admission of guilt for the deaths of nearly three hundred innocent people.

Continue reading External threat

Democratic Coalition campaign manager Leonid Volkov summarized the results of the election campaign into the Kostroma Oblast Duma in the following way: “We received 4% in Kostroma, 1.5%-2% in county centers, and almost nothing in the countryside”. In total across the oblast, the party Parnas, on behalf of which the candidates from the opposition forces were running, received 2.28%.

Continue reading Russia’s regional elections: who is to blame and what to do

The regional elections that took place yesterday (September 13, 2015) in many Russian regions did not surprise anyone. With the exceptions of Kostroma, where the democratic coalition was allowed to campaign, or Irkutsk with the surprised results and the second round of elections to follow, most of the elections were not competitive as usually.

Continue reading Holiday of Obedience or Imitation of Regional Elections in Russia

Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko were singing the Ukrainian anthem when their trial was over.

Continue reading Putin’s new hostages

To be honest, neither August 24, Ukraine Independence Day, or June 12, Russia Independence Day, carried much importance for me.

Continue reading Independence carries a high cost

Even Vladimir Putin’s most passionate defenders do not deny that he now has a personality cult, but even his most committed critics acknowledge that such a cult is not an explanation but rather something that must be explained, all the more so because the Putin cult did not emerge full-blown all at once but rather has emerged and evolved over the last 15 years.

Continue reading PUTIN’S CULT OF PERSONALITY

One year ago marks the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight #17. It departed from Amsterdam en route to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014.

Continue reading MH17 and what could have been

Russia vetoed the UN resolution calling to recognize Srebrenica massacre as a genocide.

Between July 11 and July 13 of 1995, Europe witnessed a horrific event in its Balkans region, the worst since the Second World War.

Continue reading No justice for Srebrenica. Russia vetoed the genocide resolution

Free Russia Foundation has presented the English version of the Putin. War report based on materials from Boris Nemtsov.

The English version has been released to the public at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. The event was attended by representatives of Russian and Ukrainian communities, international organizations, think tanks and journalists.

The report was presented by Ilya Yashin, one of the leaders of Russian opposition, companion of Boris Nemtsov and editor of the report; and two co-authors of the report: Sergey Aleksashenko, leading Russian economist, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings and Leonid Martynyuk, Russian opposition activist, co-author of last Nemtsov’s reports.

“This is the first public presentation in the U.S of open source material proving the Russian military’s direct involvement in Ukraine. It puts to rest the charade Putin has been playing with the West and indeed his own citizens who overwhelming don’t want Russia at war with Ukrainians. It’s important for this news to be made public as European nations and the U.S. consider continuing sanctions and financial and military assistance to the Kiev government. The authors of this report, dedicating it to the memory of Boris Nemtsov, have exposed themselves to grave risks to present their findings to the world. We owe it to these brave people to examine their report closely,” said Natalia Arno, president of Free Russia Foundation regarding the significance of the report.

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Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader murdered in Moscow three months ago, was the primary author of “Putin. War.” The report covers the facts of the story that state-run propaganda denies and scoffs at. The Kremlin’s war in Ukraine costs Russia hundreds of soldiers’ lives. And those in power are painstakingly trying to hide it from the Russian people. The report was finished by Nemtsov’s team after his death, published posthumously in Russian and presented in Moscow on May 12.

Please read and share the report.

Free Russia Foundation will organize two more public presentations of the report in Washington, DC and New York City.

A few days ago, Russia’s Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian Parliament, adopted a new federal law. It was quickly coined the “law on undesirable organizations.” The new legislation is a collection of supplements and amendments to several Russian laws, including the Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Offenses.

Continue reading Undesirables

Yesterday Russia solemnly celebrated the 70th anniversary of the victory in the most horrible and deadliest war in its history. That war took millions of lives, destroyed half of Europe, and completely changed the world order, affecting everyone’s life and outlook in some way.

Continue reading NEVER AGAIN? OR OVER AND OVER… Russia celebrates the Victory day

Free Russia Foundation calls for the cancellation of the  presentation of notorious Russian ultra-nationalist  Alexander Dugin at Texas A&M University.

Continue reading Call to cancel Dugin’s presentation at Texas A&M Univesity

NYC – Earlier today, members of the Russian-speaking diaspora and Ukrainian activists living in New York demonstrated at Union Square against the political repressions in Russia and against Putin’s military aggression towards Ukraine.

Continue reading Anti-Putin protesters in New York put Putin behind bars

WASHINGTON-April 16, representatives of Free Russia Foundation met only a stone’s throw from the White House to discuss the legal situation now facing Nadezhda Savchenko.

Continue reading An In-Depth Look into Savchenko’s Fate

In a move that surprised few Russian observers, the State Duma (Russian Parliament) voted to strip away parliamentary immunity from Duma member Ilya Ponomarev.

Continue reading The only Russian MP who voted against annexation of Crimea loses his immunity

Boris Nemtsov is not alive. He is no longer with us… It is impossible to believe such words. Forgive us if we can’t refer to him in the past tense. Our sense of shock and humanity won’t allow it. Continue reading Our sad welcoming word. The tribute to Boris Nemtsov.