Also by Darina Shevchenko
November 01, 2018
After The Arrests: Russian Teens Tell Of Disrupted Lives Since Protests
Some of the teens who were among the hundreds of detained protesters at demonstrations in September talked to RFE/RL about how the authorities have handled their cases and how they and their parents have been threatened and harassed.
September 26, 2018
X = Extremism? Moscow Student Goes From Algebra Class To Interrogation
One Moscow high-school student has gone public about her campus interrogation by antiextremism police -- one of a growing number of cases of police nominally fighting terrorism but in fact pressuring youths for their politics.
October 18, 2017
Russian School Director Warns FSB Will 'Look Into' 15-Year-Old Navalny Fan
A school official in Russia's Far East has warned a 9th-grader and his family over his support for opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, the latest incident showing pressure on dissenting voices in schools across the nation.
September 12, 2016
Openly Gay Candidates Push Back In Russia's Duma Elections
Although Russia's current Duma campaign is as strictly managed an affair as previous ones under President Vladimir Putin, it is notable for one landmark: It is the first time in modern Russian history that openly gay men have run for the nation's legislature.
April 26, 2016
An 85-Year-Old Pensioner Is Russia's Most Unlikely Dissident
A pensioner from southern Russia made headlines earlier this month by filing a lawsuit that named President Vladimir Putin as an "enemy of the people" and calling for his removal. Now everyone wants to know what motivates him.