Sunday, May 1, 2016
Moscow Should Restrict US-Funded Russian Groups More than Those Backed by Other Countries, Markov Says
He pointed to the case of Ukraine where NGOs financed from abroad and initially pursuing purely non-political goals “sharply changed the character” of their actions and “played an important role in the organization of mass disorders.” The same thing could happen in Russia, he says, because most foreign-funded NGOs there are interested in its destabilization.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Staunton, April 30 – As Sofya Mokhova points out in a Rosbalt commentary, Russian officials have come up with a variety of excuses to deny Russians their constitutional right to peaceably assemble. Some of them may be rational; others are clearly not; and some especially in the case of occupied Crimea are “exotic.”
But this year, the coincidence of May Day and Easter has opened the way for Russian officials to deploy not only all their usual justifications for preventing those the regime doesn’t like from marching or meeting but also a new one: marches and meetings, they say, could prevent Russians from attending Orthodox services.
Mokhorova writes that the proclivity of Russian officials to find “ever more means of refusing to agree to protest actions” suggests that the country is proceeding along the path toward a police state” in which only pro-government marches and meetings will be tolerated (rosbalt.ru/piter/2016/04/26/1510097.html