Having been assigned as Yeltsin's successor only a couple of months ago, Putin wins his first election.
The 2000’s started with the Chechen wars and terrorist attacks all over the country.
At the same time, they say that there was no such time in Russian history with such an economical growth, especially for the middle class. Yet, the economy does not solve all problems.
The 90’s euro/american optimism has been gradually substituted with the new ideas – patriotism, allegiance to the glorious past, and the feeling of exceptionalism – we have our own, unique way.
Dream of stability
“It sank”. Told by Putin, this short comment on the death of 118 sailors became quite memorable and demonstrative even back then.
New Putin's pioneer organisation. Yet, not widespread.
Old tune, new lyrics.
The new managment converted an independent channel into pro-government one.
Stability, after the years of chaos, becomes its main idea and goal.
"Joint decisions and actions", military cooperation.
The largest Russian military base in Cuba is closed.
Khodorkovsky and Lebedev would end up in jail, the company would be nationalised.
“The slide of the country into authoritarianism”, as commented by Grigory Yavlinsky.
Prize is held in St Petersburg. Zaha Hadid is the laureat.
333 people, 186 of them children died. The storming by Russian forces has been highly criticised afterwards.
Befrending disputable regimes would soon become a habit.
He seeks no way to go for the third presidential term. Indeed.
Question more, they say. Usually, they question only those who are against Putin.
Banned by the authorities to protect those who are offended by it.
Well-recognised journalist, famous for her criticism of Russian actions in Chechnya, was shot dead.
An ex FSB-officer, famous for criticising FSB and Putin, was killed.
Putin turns hostile towards the US foriegn policy
Man of the Year
Putin turns hostile towards the US foriegn policy
"Russia without Putin!", "Shame!", "Give the elections back!" was shouted in the streets. 113 people were detained.
Forbes magazine reports that Russia now has 60 billionaires. Only 15 years ago there was none.
It was belived to be the first step towards Schengen.
“He's not a good guy, but he's done extraordinary things”.
The Medvedev Thaw
They'd call these times the Medvedev's thaw. The only one gap in Putin's presidency.
First time in history, Russia wins Eurovision with a song Believe.
A woman was charged with High Treason for sending an SMS to Georgia describing the movements of the Russian troops.
Being afraid of Georgia making new friends on the West, Russia supports rebelious Osetia with troops and tanks
The human rights activists, famous for their anti-Nazi investigations, are killed.
Obama-Medvedev's attempt to improve relastionships between the countries.
Series of protests to protect the 31st article of the Constitution, guranteeing Freedom of Assmebly.
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.
A new nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation is reached.
The great expectations to build a bridge between Russia and the EU.
With secular ethics option de jure, with orthodox priests spreading the word of God in public schools de facto.
New name, more money, less responsibility.
Carousel voting, fraud, massive protest afterwards, and yet, the pro-Putin party stays in power.
Having started right after the legislative elections, it would gather thousands of people staying against the regime.
A punk-band Pussy Riot performed in the main cathedral. They'll end up in jail.
“I promised you we would win. We have won. Glory to Russia!"
The biggest protest in modern Russian history would end up in the large scale repression against Freedom of Assembly.
NGOs, media organisations, and common people who recevie any funding from abroad are scrutinised.
In response to the Magnitsky Act, Russia decided to ban the US citizens from adopting Russian children.
After the Pussy Riot case, Russia decides to start protecting religious sensibilities by putting people into jail.
No more "distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships".
One of the last independent channels is forced to leave their office.
A celebration of life, not without its controversies.
The biggest liberal Internet media fires the chief editor. They soon would open Meduza.
The return of Crimea, they call it.
The Eastern Ukraine separatists, funded by Russia, shoot down a civil aeroplane.
Unauthorised demonstrations are punishable by a fine or detention of up to 15 days. 5 years, if it is the 3rd breach.
A famous Russian politic, an ex-prime minister, is killed right next to Kremlin. Insignificant, calls him Putin.
Russia decides to support Bashar Asad by military intervention.
United Russia wins a supermajority. Parliament is not a place for discussions, once said the speaker of the State Duma.
Both uranium agreement and nuclear pact with the USA are suspended by Russia.
Mainly concerned with suppressing corruption, the protests gathered thousands of Russians.
Here we are again.
Fifa World Cup
Russians make friends with foreigners. Probably, for the last time.
The core electorate, the pensioners, protest against the retirement age hike. Communists start gaining support.
"Disrespect for society, government, state symbols, the constitution and government institutions" by media are fined.
The highly corrupted Moscow city Duma elections provoke furious protests.
It all started with global isolation. Usually, having a dialogue helps to make a considered decision. However, the regime has been gradually destroying all sorts of opposite views on Russia – be it an internal political opposition, free media, or various international connections.
Externally, from subtle hybrid Georgian/Donetsk intervention, the Putin regime started a real war, ending any dialogue with Ukraine along with the West.
Internally, they closed almost all the independent media and non-commercial organisations that did not play the main tune.
The 20's have just started.
Before the invasion
Covid appears in Russia.
Putin is safe - he can be re-elected again. The local government has no power, marriage – only between men and women
Prominent opposition politician is poisoned, but survived by pure chance. Later, he ends up in jail
Previously poisoned, Navalny got back to Russia in January. Arrested upon arrival, put into jail.
The Russian police from now on can search homes and cars with no warrant
An NGO, dedicated to preserving memories of Stalin victims, is closed under the Foreign Agent Law
Our stand on the Russian war with 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.