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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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One of industrial capitalism’s gravest sins is the separation of work from home. Factories cleaved in two what was once a unified sphere, a place that you both created and inhabited, living relatively un-alienated amongst the fruits of your labor. Not that it was an equal place—men were in charge and managed household finances. But […]

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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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'Very Important Precedent:' Russian Court Rules Transgender Woman Was Fired Illegally

April 10, 2019           |                                       

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — In a decision hailed as the first of its kind in Russia, a St. Petersburg court has ruled that a printing house illegally fired a transgender woman who had worked there for years as a man. The Frunze District Court ordered the printing house to give Anna Grigoryeva her job back […]

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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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Filmmaker Carlen May-Mann discusses the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants nature of low-budget filmmaking, the subversive allure of working in genre films, and why finding your creative family is important. You used Kickstarter to fund The Rat. What made you decide to do it that way? Since it’s a short film, it felt manageable to do it that way. […]

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Nearly a year and a half after Hurricane Maria, about three-fourths of the houses in the Sierra Brava neighborhood of Salinas, Puerto Rico, stand battered and empty. Some families left because their homes were rendered uninhabitable and they had no money to fix them. Others left because they lost their jobs. In responding to Maria, […]

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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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