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Jailed Gulnara Karimova Asks Mirziyoev For Clemency

June 24, 2019           |                                       

Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of the late president of Uzbekistan, who is serving a prison term on corruption charges, has asked President Shavkat Mirzioyev for clemency. In a June 23 statement posted on Instagram by her daughter, Gulnara Karimova said she was “sorry,” while expressing regret “over any disappointment that I may have caused.” […]

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Russian Rights Group Says Golos Activist Is A Political Prisoner

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Russia’s Memorial human rights center says a detained board member of the independent Golos (Voice) election-monitoring group is a political prisoner. In a statement on May 30, the Moscow-based watchdog called on the authorities to immediately release Roman Udot from house arrest, saying that the case against him was politically motivated. Udot was arrested last […]

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Photograph Source Elekhh – CC BY-SA 3.0 Will someone please explain to me why Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered a hero for violating laws sustaining the system of racial discrimination, while Julian Assange is considered a villain for violating laws sustaining the system of imperial war? Democratic Party bigwigs are celebrating the arrest of […]

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Why Julian Assange Matters for the Freedom of the Press

April 13, 2019           |                                       

There is no one issue that unites those of us on the left so firmly with the right as the topic of freedom of the press. And the case of Julian Assange, Wikileaks co-founder, encapsulates perfectly this dilemma that seems to have many drinking the Kool-Aid of Russiagate which seems to have an endless season […]

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IMF Deal for Ecuador Paved Way for Assange Arrest

April 11, 2019           |                                       

In a pair of announcements that are certainly not coincidental, the Ecuadoran government allowed the arrest of Julian Assange from their embassy within London, and almost immediately thereafter was granted a long-sought $10 billion+ deal from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). These two matters had been closely linked in reports in recent months. It has […]

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Theatergoers Greet Russian Director After Release From House Arrest

April 10, 2019           |                                       

Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, who spent nearly 20 months under house arrest, showed up at a theater performance of a play he directed on April 9 in Moscow after he was released the previous day. Serebrennikov and two associates are on trial in an embezzlement case they say is politically motivated.

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Russian Director Serebrennikov Freed From House Arrest

April 8, 2019           |                                       

A Moscow court has ordered the release of theater director Kirill Serebrennikov and two associates from house arrest. The three are on trial in an embezzlement case they claim is politically motivated. In an April 8 ruling, the Moscow City Court also ordered Serebrennikov, producer Yury Itin, and former Culture Ministry employee Sofia Apfelbaum not […]

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Moscow Court Prolongs Director Serebrennikov's House Arrest Until July 4

April 2, 2019           |                                       

A Moscow court has extended the term of house arrest for theater director Kirill Serebrennikov and two associates in an embezzlement trial that the defendants and their supporters contend is politically motivated. In an April 2 ruling, Meshchansky district court Judge Irina Akkuratova left Serebrennikov, producer Yury Itin, and former Culture Ministry employee Sofia Apfelbaum […]

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Rhode Island, Have You Called 911 for a Medical Emergency? Talk to Us.

March 20, 2019           |                                       

Somebody collapses — in a restaurant, public park, sports stadium or even right at home. Sudden cardiac arrest strikes seemingly at random, and when it comes to survival, seconds matter. Last year, EMS agencies in Rhode Island responded to nearly 1,200 people experiencing cardiac arrest, according to the state Department of Health. Currently, about one […]

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Uzbek Prosecutor: Gulnara Karimova Ordered To Prison After Violating House Arrest

March 5, 2019           |                                       

Uzbekistan’s top prosecutor said that Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the late President Islam Karimov, has been ordered to prison, after a court found she had violated terms of her house arrest. The order, issued March 5 by a Tashkent court, was the latest dramatic development for Karimova who at one point had been seen […]

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New Photo Of Detained Iranian Opposition Figures Emerges On Social Media

March 3, 2019           |                                       

A new photo of two prominent Iranian opposition figures – Mir Hossein Musavi and his wife, Zahra Rahnavard — who have been held under house arrest for the past eight years has emerged on social media in the country. The photo was reportedly first published on March 3 on the messaging app Telegram by the […]

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Russian Official Calls U.S. Investor's Detention 'Emergency For Economy'

February 19, 2019           |                                       

The chairman of Russia’s parliamentary body of financial control has called the detention of a prominent American investment-fund manager who is accused of large-scale fraud in Russia an “emergency situation.” Aleksei Kudrin, the chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, wrote on Twitter on February 18 that the arrest of Michael Calvey, the […]

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Court Extends Inter RAO Top Manager's Pretrial Detention In Spying Case

February 12, 2019           |                                       

Moscow’s Lefortovo District Court on February 12 ruled to extend the pretrial detention of Karina Tsurkan, an executive with energy holding company Inter RAO charged with spying, until at least mid-April, Russian media reported. The hearing was held behind closed doors as Tsurkan’s case is classified. Tsurkan’s lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, told Russian media that his […]

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The Week In Russia: A 'Political Prisoner' Walks Free, Siberian Schoolchildren Go Hungry, And Moscow Backs Its Man In Caracas

January 25, 2019           |                                       

Editor’s Note: To receive Steve Gutterman’s Week In Russia each week via e-mail, subscribe by clicking here. Belarusian escort Nastya Rybka walks free — for now, at least — while Russia and Japan make no visible progress toward a World War II peace treaty and a political crisis in Venezuela pits Moscow against Washington in […]

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