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After Boris Nemtsov’s Assassination, ‘There Are No Longer Any Limits’

nytimes.com — On Friday evening, Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader and former first deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, went on a prominent Moscow radio station to exhort his fellow citizens to come out to protest President Vladimir Putin's policies. There would be a rally on Sunday, a spring march, to demonstrate against the deepening economic crisis and Russia's involvement in Ukraine.

Interview: Glamour.com

glamour.com — They're feminists. They're rock stars. They've done prison time. They're the public duo behind the Russian group Pussy Riot, and now they're launching an independent news service-and reminding us all to stand up for our beliefs.

Spy vs. Nonspy in Putin’s Russia

nytimes.com — Earlier this week, F.B.I. agents in New York arrested a 39-year-old Russian man named Evgeny Buryakov, whom federal prosecutors accused of participating in a spy ring gathering economic intelligence on the United States. There were three spies in all, according to the criminal complaint federal prosecutors filed on Monday, all agents of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (S.V.R.), who had been posing for several years as civilians.

2015-01-12 - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — A Map of Betrayal, by Ha Jin (Pantheon). Gary Shang, the protagonist of Ha's seventh novel, is a Chinese spy in America. His story is narrated by his daughter Lillian, a college professor who travels to China in search of the Chinese family her father left behind. A modest, unobtrusive...

The Man to Take on Putin

newyorker.com — It has been a year since the guards at a prison camp just below the Arctic Circle told Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon and once the richest man in Russia, to pack his things. They put him on a plane to St.

The Bitter Education of Alexey Navalny

newyorker.com — "The thing is, the people sitting in the Kremlin aren't even businesslike crooks anymore," the anti-corruption crusader Alexey Navalny wrote on his blog on Tuesday afternoon. "Now they are sneering and swaggering bullies and thugs. They cannot be satisfied with money and power: they want to drink up the pleasure of tormenting ordinary people."

Net Impact - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — Late on a snowy evening, Alexey Navalny, a lawyer and blogger known for his crusade against the corruption that pervades Russian business and government, sat in a radio studio in Moscow. Tall and blond, Navalny, who is thirty-four years old, cuts a striking figure, and in the past three years he has established himself as a kind of Russian Julian Assange or Lincoln Steffens.

A Personal History of Immigration and Executive Action in America

newrepublic.com — This year was the fourth year that my family celebrated Thanksgiving without my grandfather, Yankel. It's safe to say that Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday: Sitting at a table groaning under the otherworldly quantity of food, surrounded by his children and successful, Americanized grandchildren, he would raise toast after toast to this great country, his eyes moist with gratitude that America opened its rich embrace to him and his progeny.

‘Limonov,’ by Emmanuel Carrère

nytimes.com — Everyone in Russia knows Eduard Limonov as the sinewy old man with the little goat beard, surrounded by a coterie of young hoodlums (members of his outlawed National Bolshevik Party, now called the Other Russia) - the snippy contrarian who gets arrested every other month when he comes out to protest for the right to free assembly, guaranteed by the Russian Constitution, and who, in his vagabond youth, lived as a down-and-out émigré in the New York of the 1970s.

Chuck Hagel Was Defense Secretary White House Wanted-Then Fired Him

newrepublic.com — In the rush of media analysis about Chuck Hagel's ouster Monday, much has been made of the secretary of defense's Syria memo to National Security Adviser Susan Rice, in which he allegedly criticized Obama's policy on the Islamic State.
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Mar 05, 2015

@JarekFA Got it, thanks. It seems, from the Guardian piece, that Pussy Riot and Chomsky had a verbal falling out over it.

Mar 05, 2015

@spiritisabone Yeah. It's a shame that strong historical cases don't help when you need to supply the thing with water, electricity, etc.

Mar 04, 2015

"A Ferguson woman parked her car illegally once in 2007.It ended up costing her more than $1,000 and 6 days in jail." washingtonpost.com/news/post-nati…

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