A poet and a citizen meet and discuss for the Novaya Gazeta. Now Dmitry Bykov is hoping for another meeting with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, this time in Moscow. As you might imagine, - says Mr Khodorkovsky first thing, - I tried to distribute my first interviews with respect to my debts. And I do owe Novaya Gazeta a lot. Everybody else has already been to see me, but no one from Novaya so far. I was even about to telephone Editor-in-chief Muratov, ask if I had crossed him in some way... And here he send me in. Precisely. I must say, in real life you take up way less space than you seem to do in all the photos. Well, thank you, Mr Khodorkovsky. I already think pretty well of you.
As a child, he knew no sandboxes, candyfloss or bright toys; what he knew was pain and human misery. When his mother died, his father remarried; Yanukovych, however, did not hit it off with his stepmother; he lived with his granny in an itsy-bitsy outhouse, this is what wrote about Yanukovych one of Ukrainian periodicals early in his political career.
Now Ukraine's president has it all. Poverty is replaced with magnificent possessions. Loneliness, with a big Family, which controls the nation's major cash flows...
Ever since summer 2007 when it became known that Sochi will host the Olympic Games, dozens of civil activists from the Krasnodar Territory have been facing detentions, searches, criminal cases, lawsuits, courts, arrests and batteries. They are accused in extremism, piracy, fraud and even damaging the fence for hooligan motives. Many had to flee the region, some the country. The peak of harassment predictably fell on the pre-Olympic 2013. And the criminal case against Professor Mikhail Savva is just the top of the iceberg, in the underwater part of which there are hundreds of incidents.
Pretending to represent respected human rights activists, journalists from a state media company filmed some much-needed footage about the dangers of environmental activism in Russia. Especially in the Arctic.
The environmental conservation community is eagerly awaiting a state television production with a name like Green Swamp or Green Deviants. The journalists at Russia 1 are traveling the road already worn by the producers of several Anatomy of protest films by producing a heart-wrenching report about how a few green activists, duped by foreign propaganda, are diminishing Russias greatness at the demand of American and foreign puppet masters.
Their actions, naturally, involves infringing upon the freedom of Russias natural resource corporations, with no regard for the law or good sense. Why is it necessary to create an environmental scarecrow? And whom are they trying to scare? Thats still unclear. But it seems clear that we can expect that this report will arrive just in time to mark the end of the Year of Environmental Protection in Russia declared by high authorities
A strange story happened in the outgoing year. It lasted for almost six months since July and through the beginning of December. Its central figures are: Novaya Gazeta, its special correspondent (lets call her K.), two newspaper executives (editor-in-chief and one of his deputies), two respected human rights organizations (one British and one Russian) and the Embassy of Great Britain (in Russia).
This story went off with a trivial and routine event: Novaya Gazeta once again applied to British diplomats for a visa for one of its journalists. And a Kafkaesque storyline started to develop. Not to get entrapped in absurd, we'll relate the facts as they actually happened. Or, as the British say, step by step.
A legend of Russian legal profession about lawyers, judges and modern Russian interpretation of the benefit of doubt
Why is equipment for the most important projects of the Russian gas monopoly are supplied with so many intermediaries from exotic countries who receive billions of Roubles for dubious agent services?
The traditional Prime Ministers farewell speech delivered to the state Duma by Vladimir Putin was for the most part, boring with one major exception. He listed various programs, projects and promises, but never once indicated that they are only feasible if oil prices continue to rise year on year. The problem is that Russias economic dependence on the oil trade is not just important, it is critical
For the past 23 of his 93 years Aydzava-san has been travelling to Russia to fight the Russian historical amnesia
Umberto ECO was one of the first to see Alexey German's recently completed film Hard to Be a God. Especially for Novaya Gazeta, the living classic of the European literature wrote an article dedicated to the film's upcoming world premier at the Rome Film Festival.
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