Also by Yelena Vladykina
March 15, 2021
With Elections Still Months Off, The Kremlin Sends A Chilling Signal
Police raided a conference of independent lawmakers in Moscow last weekend, detaining nearly 200 people. With elections coming and the ruling United Russia party polling at record lows, the unprecedented move is seen as a signal the Kremlin has no intention of seeing its monopoly on power weakened.
December 30, 2020
'They Want To Shut Me Up': Russian Artist Vows To Fight 'Foreign Agent' Label
Daria Apakhonchich has been a Red Cross volunteer, taught refugee women Russian, and used her performance art to defend feminist causes. Now she is one of the first individuals to be branded a "foreign agent" by the state -- and is planning to appeal a designation she says is patently false.
November 12, 2020
By Hook Or By Crook: For The Opposition In St. Petersburg, Winning An Election Is Only The Beginning Of The Battle
Liberal opposition candidates fared well at elections in St. Petersburg in 2019, winning numerous seats on district councils in President Vladimir Putin's hometown. Now, many say they are facing financial checks, ostracism, and other tactics designed to prevent them from doing their jobs.