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Dmitry Medvedev: the Corruption Allegations led to Street Protests - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the street protests that swept Russian cities over the weekend, were remarkable not just for their unusually large size”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but also for their main target: Dmitry Medvedev"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "after an investigation by the anti-corruption campaigner and opposition politician Alexei Navalny:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a network of palaces and vineyards linked to Medvedev !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "angry Russians carried rubber ducks, a mocking reference to a shelter for ducks found on one of his alleged properties"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Medvedev, who spent four years as president between 2008 and 2012, has some times been considered as a relatively decent member of Putin’s inner circle"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but his trajectory over the past decade reflects the evolution and eventual crushing of hopes that Putin’s system might gradually reform from within"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Medvedev used Twitter, surrounded himself with relative liberals, and said things like "freedom is better than non-freedom""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as he campaigned for the 2008 presidential election - in which he had long before secured the one vote that mattered: Putin’s"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in short, he seemed like a decent, progressive man who sympathised with the aspirations of Russia’s growing middle class"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when Medvedev tried to dress or talk like Putin, donning bomber jackets or aspirating, the effects were comic"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the very fact that he seemed like a regular guy - rather than one of the humourless ex-KGB droids, who made up so much of the Kremlin inner circle"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "allowed some people to hope he might be able to effect incremental change over time"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in autumn 2011, Putin announced he would move back to the Kremlin and Medvedev became prime minister again"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Medvedev accepted the demotion quietly, though rumours he had fallen into depression swirled around Moscow"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "at a meeting with the leaders of parliamentary parties shortly after, he was saucer-eyed and looked like he might burst into tears at any moment"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "after the annexation of Crimea and the war in east Ukraine in 2014, western sanctions and falling oil prices meant life got significantly harder for many Russians"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Medvedev took the hit for the miserable economic situation at home !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with time, Medvedev’s gaffes seemed embarrassing rather than charming - he was taunted mercilessly on social media, where he was attributed the hashtag "pathetic""

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "his previous awkwardness now seemed more like political tone-deafness"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he was repeatedly filmed snoozing through major events, including the opening ceremony of the "Winter Olympics" in Sochi"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "asked by an emotional teacher why salaries were so low, Medvedev jovially suggested"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that if teachers wanted to earn good money, they should go into business instead !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when he was accosted by angry pensioners in annexed Crimea demanding to know why the government had not indexed pensions, he retorted:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""there isn’t any money !!! - but hang in there ! - all the best to you !" - before walking off"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "such remarks appear newly distasteful in light of Navalny’s film - if even some of them are true, they suggest"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Medvedev has amassed a huge empire of property and assets !!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "albeit held by friends and through proxy trusts !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""he’s not “Dimon” at all - he’s one of the most corrupt people in the country !!!" said Navalny in his video"

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Open Russia
- Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ OPEN RUSSIA

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  • ""Open Russia” is the name of a initiative, advocating democracy and human rights in Russia !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "founded by former businessman, and now democracy activist "Mikhail Khodorkovsky""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the first initiative took the form of a foundation whose stated purpose was to build and strengthen civil society in Russia in 2001"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by 2005, Open Russia had 23 regional affiliates. On February 24, 2005, Russia’s "Federal Tax Service" initiated an inspection of Open Russia, its third such probe in 12 months"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the first incarnation of Open Russia closed in 2006 when Russian authorities froze its bank accounts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • second Initiative: "Khodorkovsky relaunched "Open Russia" in September 2014 as a nationwide community platform !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "designed, to bring together all Russians interested in creating a better life for themselves ! - and their children"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "during videoconference supporting marches against Putin's policies"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with nearly all of the regional locations experiencing Internet connection problems just moments before the conference, sabotage and storming the halls"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the online relaunch ceremony was attended by prominent Russian activists and emigrés, including Sergei Guriyev and Yevgeny Chichvarkin"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the "New York Times" stated, that Khodorkovsky had in fact "agreed to stay out of politics until August, when he would have been released anyway""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "now freed from that commitment, he is making clear that prison has, if anything, emboldened him in his desire to change his country !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Objectives: "the new Open Russia declared that it would focus on several key areas"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "including independent media, political education, the rule of law ! - and support for political prisoners"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "also featured is an extensive reforms program aimed at reforming law enforcement and the Constitution"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to ensure justice and democracy !!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in addition, Open Russia endorses free and fair elections !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and, while staying out of direct political involvement, will lend support to candidates who also promote fair elections"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Khodorkovsky said he planned to use Open Russia to push for a constitutional conference"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to shift power away from the presidency and toward the legislature and judiciary !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this stems from the root cause of Russia's problems - namely the absence of the rule of law"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Activities: "to date there have been seven online forums hosted by Open Russia - on topics ranging from healthcare reform to combating corruption"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Open Russia reported that it will support twenty-five candidates in the upcoming September parliamentary elections"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Reactions: "the forums have attracted the attention of law enforcement who, at times, have cut off Internet service for particular speakers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the project’s website was targeted by distributed denial of service attacks"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "also, some activists were reportedly prevented from joining the ceremony in Nizhny Novgorod and Yaroslavl"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the first forum featured by Open Russia, on September 20, 2014, had over 70,000 viewers"

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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United Civil Front
- Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ UNITED CIVIL FRONT

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  • "United Civil Front is a social movement in Russia founded !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and led by chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov - it is part of "the Other Russia", an opposition coalition active in Moscow"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Democracy, social Liberalism, social Democracy: "upon the organization's founding, in 2005, Kasparov stated that the UCF will work"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to preserve electoral democracy in Russia !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Kasparov concluded the press conference by stating that, "the primary goal is to dismantle the currently existing system""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and create a free political floor, on which free elections can be held !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the bottom line is to preserve the Russians’ right to elect a responsible government, both in presidential and parliamentary elections"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- the Programme is founded on four Principles -

 

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  • fair democratic Elections: "competition of electoral programmes, removability, and responsibility of the power !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "equal access of the parties to mass-media"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "change electoral system from party-list proportional representation - to majoritarian !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Restoration of Federalism: "to restore federal mechanism of the government"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to liquidate a dangerous disbalance in population incomes between Moscow and other regions !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to return democratic local self-government !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the democratic solution of problems in the national republics"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Elimination of Nomenklatura System: "reduction of presidential powers !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "liquidation of system of privileges and preferences for civil servants of all echelons"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "liquidation of the presidential administration, reduction of staff and functions of the president office"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "enact into law for secret services' intrusion in a social life and government"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "act of disqualification for the present high-ranking officials and secret services chiefs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "enact into law the criminal liability for illegal enrichment of public persons and civil servants - according to the United Nations Convention against Corruption"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Government for People ( and not people for government ): "to repay old government debts to the citizens"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to establish social priority of the state budget !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to implement the constitutional rights in education and health services"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to extirpate social discrimination"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to cancel compulsory military service - to make army professional. Discontinue internal military forces"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to ensure access of citizens to the all information, on activity and decisions of the state and local governments"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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