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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

May 6, 2015 marks the third sad anniversary of the events on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow.

Continue reading The Bolotnaya case. Three years with no right for justice

Freedom of Speech is undoubtedly a universal value. There is the First Amendment in the U.S. Bill of Rights adopted back in 1789. In Russia, Article 29 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation guarantees this freedom, though this and many other rights are not respected in today’s Russian reality.


We asked several compatriots of different professions about their reasons for moving from Russia to the U.S. What was the final straw that caused it? What in their opinion is the current state of Russian society? Here are some of their responses: Continue reading Putin’s Russia vs. Free Russia: a view from the distance

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.