March 26, 2000

Putin is elected

Having been assigned as Yeltsin's successor only a couple of months ago, Putin wins his first election.

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August 12, 2000

Kursk submarine disaster

“It sank”. Told by Putin, this short comment on the death of 118 sailors became quite memorable and demonstrative even back then.

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November 7, 2000

Walking Together

New Putin's pioneer organisation. Yet, not widespread.

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April 3, 2001

The Seizure of NTV

The new managment converted an independent channel into pro-government one.

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May 28, 2002

NATO-Russia council established

"Joint decisions and actions", military cooperation.

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August 1, 2002

Lourdes SIGNIT is closed

The largest Russian military base in Cuba is closed.

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October 1, 2003

The Yukos affair

Khodorkovsky and Lebedev would end up in jail, the company would be nationalised.

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March 14, 2004

Putin is re-elected

“The slide of the country into authoritarianism”, as commented by Grigory Yavlinsky.

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March 22, 2004

The Pritzker in St Petersburg

Prize is held in St Petersburg. Zaha Hadid is the laureat.

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September 1, 2004

Beslan school siege

333 people, 186 of them children died. The storming by Russian forces has been highly criticised afterwards.

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December 10, 2005

Russia Today (RT) begins its broadcast

Question more, they say. Usually, they question only those who are against Putin.

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October 7, 2006

Assassination of Anna Politkovskaya

Well-recognised journalist, famous for her criticism of Russian actions in Chechnya, was shot dead.

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November 1, 2006

Litvinenko is poisoned

An ex FSB-officer, famous for criticising FSB and Putin, was killed.

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February 10, 2007

Munich speech of Putin

Putin turns hostile towards the US foriegn policy

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March 3, 2007

Dissenters' March

"Russia without Putin!", "Shame!", "Give the elections back!" was shouted in the streets. 113 people were detained.

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December 19, 2007

Putin - the person of the year

Time magazine names Putin the person of the year. “He's not a good guy, but he's done extraordinary things”.

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March 2, 2008

Medvedev is elected

They'd call these times the Medvedev's thaw. The only one gap in Putin's presidency.

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March 9, 2008

Bilan wins Eurovision

First time in history, Russia wins Eurovision with a song Believe.

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August 1, 2008

Prison for a message

A woman was charged with High Treason for sending an SMS to Georgia describing the movements of the Russian troops.

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August 7, 2008

Russo-Gerogian war

Being afraid of Georgia making new friends on the West, Russia supports rebelious Osetia with troops and tanks

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The previous years of relative prosperity along with theoretical freedom kickstarted the growth of civil society.

The long-lasting 2008’s economical crisis brought a political one – a new-born middle-class started to disagree with the political decisions, taken with no consent.

The growing protest power provoked a reaction – every step a society took would end up in new restrictions. At the same time, the aggressive international course taken in 2008, justified the Crimean annexation, nurturing people’s imperial ambitions, has aggravated the already taken course to isolation. As life shows, the most horrible things happen when nobody can see it.


Our stand on the Russian invasion to Ukraine

Russia started the war against Ukraine. This war is happening from 2014. It has only intensified on February 24th 2022. Milions of Ukrainians are suffering. The perpetrators of this must be brought to justice for their crimes.

Russian regime tries to silence its liberal voices. Russian people against the war exist - and the Russian regime tries its best to silence them. We want to prevent that and make their voices heard.

Connection is crucial. The Russian liberal initiatives are hard to read for European public at times. The legal, social and historical context of Russia is not always clear. We want to share information, build bridges and connect the liberal Russia with The West.

We believe in dialogue, not isolation. The oppositional powers in Russia will not be able to change anything without the support of the democratic world. We also believe that the dialogue should go both ways.

The choice is yours. We understand the anger for the Russian crimes. It is up to you whether you want to listen to the Russian people standing against this.