April 8, 2010

New START treaty

A new nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation is reached.

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May 31, 2010

Partnership for Modernisation

The great expectations to build a bridge between Russia and the EU.

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September 1, 2010

Religious education

With secular ethics option de jure, with orthodox priests spreading the word of God in public schools de facto.

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December 4, 2011

Legislative elections

Carousel voting, fraud, massive protest afterwards, and yet, the pro-Putin party stays in power.

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December 4, 2011

The Snow Revolution

Having started right after the legislative elections, it would gather thousands of people staying against the regime.

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February 21, 2012

Mother of God, Putin Put!

A punk-band Pussy Riot performed in the main cathedral. They'll end up in jail.

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March 4, 2012

Presidential elections

“I promised you we would win. We have won. Glory to Russia!"

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May 6, 2012

Bolotnaya Square case

The biggest protest in modern Russian history would end up in the large scale repression against Freedom of Assembly.

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July 20, 2012

Foreign agent law

NGOs, media organisations, and common people who recevie any funding from abroad are scrutinised.

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December 1, 2012

The Scoundrels' Law

In response to the Magnitsky Act, Russia decided to ban the US citizens from adopting Russian children.

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June 11, 2013

Blasphemy law

After the Pussy Riot case, Russia decides to start protecting religious sensibilities by putting people into jail.

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July 30, 2013

Gay propaganda law

No more "distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships".

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January 26, 2014

Dozhd TV channel eviction

One of the last independent channels is forced to leave their office.

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March 12, 2014

Lenta.ru changes the management

The biggest liberal Internet media fires the chief editor. They soon would open Meduza.

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July 17, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

The Eastern Ukraine separatists, funded by Russia, shoot down a civil aeroplane.

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January 30, 2015

Further restrictions

Unauthorised demonstrations are punishable by a fine or detention of up to 15 days. 5 years, if it is the 3rd breach.

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February 27, 2015

Boris Nemtsov is murdered

A famous Russian politic, an ex-prime minister, is killed right next to Kremlin. Insignificant, calls him Putin.

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September 18, 2016

Supermajority in the parliament

United Russia wins a supermajority. Parliament is not a place for discussions, once said the speaker of the State Duma.

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October 5, 2016

Nuclear pact suspension

Both uranium agreement and nuclear pact with the USA are suspended by Russia.

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March 26, 2017

Anti-corruption protests

Mainly concerned with suppressing corruption, the protests gathered thousands of Russians.

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June 14, 2018

The FIFA World Cup

Russians make friends with foreigners. Probably, for the last time.

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July 1, 2018

Pension protests

The core electorate, the pensioners, protest against the retirement age hike. Communists start gaining support.

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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.


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.