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

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  • "the street protests that sweep Russian cities over the weekend - are remarkable not just for their unusually large size !!!!!!”

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but also for their main targetDmitry 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 - are linked to Medvedev !!!!!!!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "angry Russians carry rubber ducks - a mocking reference to a shelter for ducks found on one of his alleged properties  !!"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Medvedev 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 !!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that Putin’s system - might gradually reform from within !!!!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Medvedev used Twitter, and seemed like a 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 - the effects were comic !!"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the very fact - that he seemed like a regular guy !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "rather than one of the humourless ex-KGB droids - who made up so much of the 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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  • "but asked by an emotional teacher - why salaries are 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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  • "Medvedev takes the hit - for the miserable economic situation at home !!!!!!"

 

 

 

 


 

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  • "when he was accosted by angry pensioners - 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 !!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "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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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 !!"

 

 

 

 

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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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  • "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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  • "Khodorkovsky 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 - focuses on several key areas !!!"

 

 

 

 

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  • "including independent media - political education !!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

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  • "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 - lends support to candidates who also promote fair elections !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Open Russia pushes 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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  • Activities: "to date there have been seven online forums - hosted by Open Russia !!"

 

 

 

 

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  • "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 parliamentary elections  !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Other Russia - an opposition coalition !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Democracy, social Liberalism, social Democracy:  "Kasparov states - that the UCF works !!"

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the primary goal is to dismantle the 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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  • Restoration of Federalism:  "to restore federal mechanism of the government !!!!"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to liquidate the disbalance in population incomes - in different regions !!!!"

 

 

 


 

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  • "and 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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  • "enact into law the criminal liability for illegal enrichment - of public persons and civil servants !!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

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  • "according to the United Nations Convention against Corruption !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Government for People:  "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 !!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

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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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