Russia has seen several high profile trials in recent weeks, including the Pussy Riot case, the Sergei Magnitsky case (famous because the defendant was dead) and most recently, the trial of anti-corruption blogger, lawyer, & activist Aleksei Navalny. Given Russia’s 99% conviction rate, the guilty verdict that came through earlier today was unsurprising. His sentence – 5 years in prison on the charge of embezzlement – is seen by many Putin critics (and even admitted by members of the government) as motivated by his opposition activities. Continue Reading
I am so bad at keeping up with the news during the summer time…but I’ll go into that in another post!
A student actually wrote this post back in late May after Russia experienced another attack by the Black Widows. Since they are an active group, responsible for many of Russia’s more high-profile terrorist incidents, I think it’s useful for people to learn more about this group. This student put together a very good (but very brief!) overview of who the Black Widows are, with a number of references in case you want to learn more about them.
After being closed since 2012 to conduct repairs on its foundation, the Lenin Mausoleum has now reopened. So, if you are into morbid tourism, Lenin has now rejoined the likes of other embalmed leaders open to public viewing, a list that includes China’s Mao Zedong, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh, and both of North Korea’s last two Kims. Continue Reading