Category: dissent

Yuri Orlov ‘lit a fire under Soviet regime’

     

Yuri Orlov, physicist who became a symbol of Soviet dissent, dies at 96 https://t.co/21j9gD1Mdr — Democracy Digest (@demdigest) October 1, 2020 Yuri Orlov, a Russian-born physicist who designed particle accelerators,… Read more »

Why China’s propaganda efforts backfire

     

A journalist who had worked for some of China’s most powerful propaganda outlets has been jailed for 15 years after being accused of attacking the ruling Communist Party, AFP reports:… Read more »

‘From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate’: Have Liu Xiaobo’s fears been realized? 

     

Liberal Senator @SenPaterson says China’s threat to impose “economic sanctions” on Australia if it conducts an independent inquiry into the source of the coronavirus shows the Chinese Communist Party is “extremely… Read more »

Call to free Iran’s women political prisoners: Virus ‘exacerbates regime’s legitimacy crisis’

     

The coronavirus is leading Iranians to question the relationship between state and religion, putting the theocratic state in “an unusual and awkward position“, observers suggest. The Islamic Republic had to… Read more »

How the coronavirus ‘exposes lie at the heart of Communist China’

     

As the world tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, it needs to heed the message coming from Chinese democrats, which is that we all have a stake… Read more »

China’s ‘biological Chernobyl’ exposes absurdities of autocracy

     

The death of Li Wenliang has shaken China like an earthquake. He was a young doctor who was reprimanded by Chinese police for alerting colleagues to a new virus that has… Read more »

Putin’s ‘backhanded tribute to democracy’: A global template for new authoritarians?

     

Russian President Vladimir Putin named a new prime minister, who was confirmed (Reuters) one day after his predecessor resigned along with Russia’s entire cabinet. Putin also proposed changes (FT) in… Read more »

Iran’s ‘Chernobyl’ moment? U.S. pursuing strategy of ‘regime disruption’

     

There have been fresh protests in Tehran more than three days after the Iranian authorities admitted they accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner on January 8, killing 176 people, RFE/RL’s… Read more »