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De herverkiezing van president Poetin

In Rusland zijn sinds een paar weken de acht definitieve kandidaten bekend die het tegen elkaar gaan opnemen in de verkiezingen van 18 maart. Er is voor ieder wat wils: van communist tot liberaal, van nationalist tot ultra-nationalist, van ideologische kandidaten tot kandidaten met geen enkele ideologie. Veel zal het echter niet uitmaken, aangezien het resultaat bij voorbaat vaststaat: een vierde termijn voor president Vladimir Poetin. En dat terwijl het toch vrij veel moeite vergt om je überhaupt te registreren als kandidaat: je moet honderdduizenden handtekeningen verzamelen en voldoen aan allerlei strenge regels, en als je oppositie voert heb je daar over het algemeen weinig tot geen financiële middelen voor. Wie zijn dan die mensen die toch zo graag en hard proberen om in de race te blijven, en waarom doen ze dat?

Biggest protests in years erupt in Russia

Past Sunday Russia saw one of the biggest protests in years as thousands of people across the country took to the streets to show their discontent over Prime-Minister Medvedev’s alleged corruption and opulence. The independent Moscow radio station Ekho Moskvy claimed that about 60,000 people in dozens of cities throughout Russia attended marches. Hundreds of protesters, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, were subsequently arrested.

Freedom lecture with Zhanna Nemtsova

On 30 November De Balie in Amsterdam invited Zhanna Nemtsova, journalist at Deutsche Welle and daughter of Boris Nemtsov – a Russian liberal oppositional politician who was assassinated on 27 February 2015 – to give a freedom lecture. Nemtsova spoke about her father, propaganda in Russia and the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom. The event, moderated by Kirsten van den Hul, also featured discussions with PvdA Member of Parliament Michiel Servaes and the Insideout documentary team, Masha Ru and Katia Krupennikova.

Dag van de overwinning, 9 mei. День Победы 9 мая

Ook dit jaar was elke zijstraat naar Tverskaya Ulitsa, de 8-baans toegangsweg naar het Kremlin, geblokkeerd met grote zicht-blokkerende vuilnis- en vrachtwagens en piepjonge agenten. Alles was afgezet tot kilometers rondom het Rode Plein, inclusief hele lijsten aan metro-uitgangen. Hier, in Moskou marcheren de opgedofte eenheden enkel voor de kleine elite van genodigden op het Rode Plein. Boodschap: als je iets wil zien, volg het maar via de TV op je hotelkamer (of de generale repetities een paar dagen eerder).

Fraud and pressure on independent observers during Russia’s regional elections

On Sunday September 13th nationwide regional elections were held in Russia in 84 of the 85 regions of the country, including the disputed region of Crimea. More than 189.000 candidates were eligible for election by 59 million voters in 10,700 different elections and 70 referendums were held in 10 regions. In 21 regions Governors were elected. The Kostroma region was the only region where an opposition party openly critical of the Kremlin, the People’s Freedom Party (Parnas), participated in the elections. Preliminary results show that Vladimir Putin’s party United Russia won the elections. Independent watchdogs registered multiple violations during the elections, including fraud and pressure on independent observers.

Fraud and pressure on independent observers during Russia’s regional elections

On Sunday September 13th nationwide regional elections were held in Russia in 84 of the 85 regions of the country, including the disputed region of Crimea. More than 189.000 candidates were eligible for election by 59 million voters in 10,700 different elections and 70 referendums were held in 10 regions. In 21 regions Governors were elected. The Kostroma region was the only region where an opposition party openly critical of the Kremlin, the People’s Freedom Party (Parnas), participated in the elections. Preliminary results show that Vladimir Putin’s party United Russia won the elections. Independent watchdogs registered multiple violations during the elections, including fraud and pressure on independent observers.

Youth Summer Academy Eastern Europe takes place in Lviv, Ukraine

On 19-23 August the sixth annual Summer Academy organised by the British Labour Party, Foundation Max van der Stoel, European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity and partners in Ukraine from the New Social Democratic Platform was held Lviv, Ukraine. The Summer Academy is organised for young social democrats from Eastern Europe and is aimed to help the participants learn new skills in political ideology, campaigning, communication and debating as well as gain enough confidence and knowledge to be able to repeat the training themselves. The participants were selected from social democratic parties from 4 countries - Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Trainers from the UK and The Netherlands facilitated the training together with trainers from Moldova and Ukraine (who were themselves alumni of previous Summer Academy editions).

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