Formal treason charges and denied bail for journalist Evan Gershkovich, a rejected appeal from opposition politician Ilya Yashin, reportedly new felony charges against jailed anti-corruption icon Alexey Navalny, and 25 years behind bars for Vladimir Kara-Murza, the anti-Kremlin politician who helped lobby into existence the Magnitsky Act. These courtroom news headlines are all from just the past few days, Meduza reports.
As political persecution in Russia escalates to something resembling moments from the Stalinist period, supporting the legal system’s victims and simply understanding its intricacies become matters of life and death. And that is at the center of work by the journalists, lawyers, and activists who make up a project called OVD-Info.
To explain the organization’s operations, The Naked Pravda spoke to journalist and activist Dan Storyev, who serves as the managing editor of OVD-Info’s English-language edition and the author of The Dissident Digest, a weekly newsletter summarizing and explaining major events in Russia’s domestic political repressions.
How to Slay a Dragon? Problems and Challenges of Russian Transition from Authoritarianism to Democracy. A Stanford University panel addresses the institutional causes of Russian authoritarianism.
Panelists: Mikhail Khodorkovsky (right); Anastasia Burakova; Anastasia Shevchenko; and Dmitry Gudkov. This event is co-sponsored by Stanford CREES and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Thursday, May 4 · 12 – 1pm PDT. Encina Hall, Oksenberg Room, 3rd Floor, 616 Jane Stanford Way Stanford, CA 94305. RSVP