Patriotism. A project by Misha Friedman and IMR

Russian Separatism: The Hotbeds of Tension
29 August 2014
Russian Separatism: The Hotbeds of Tension

Ukrainian crisis has enkindled the old flames of Russian separatism that has been an ongoing issue for many years. On August 17, 2014, the so-called “March for Federalization of Siberia” was supposed to take place in Novosibirsk, but it was banned by the local authorities. All articles covering the issue were retracted from the media upon the request of Roskomnadzor, Russian state media watchdog. Writer and journalist Alexander Podrabinek discusses which Russian regions have the potential to become breakaways.

 
The World Has Fallen Out of Love with Russia
27 August 2014
The World Has Fallen Out of Love with Russia

The results of several recently published public opinion polls have shown that Russia’s reputation abroad has drastically worsened. According to sociologists, this change has been caused by Russia’s aggressive policies toward Ukraine. At the same time, IMR advisor Boris Bruk notes, public sentiment inside Russia has moved in the opposite direction.

 
The Virus of the Russian Chauvinism
28 August 2014
The Virus of the Russian Chauvinism

Recent public opinion polls have shown a dramatical increase of patriotism and support for Vladimir Putin’s political course. Another trend that goes in parallel is growing intolerance to opposition views inside Russian and hostility toward the West. Moscow-based journalist Olga Melnikova notes that under the influence of the Kremlin propaganda, the majority of the Russian public succumbed to Stockholm syndrome, becoming defender of the government’s policies.

 
The Bolotnaya “Justice”
20 August 2014
The Bolotnaya “Justice”

On August 18, 2014, the Moscow City Court convicted four defendants in the “second wave” of the Bolotnaya Square case. Alexei Gaskarov and Alexander Margolin each received three and a half years in prison colonies; Ilya Gushchin received two and a half years of imprisonment; and Elena Kokhtareva, who pled guilty, was sentenced to three years and three months suspended. In a special article for IMR, social defender and journalist Dmitry Borko summarizes the results of this politically motivated criminal case.