Patriotism. A project by Misha Friedman and IMR

Ukrainian Refugees: Between Propaganda and Reality
15 July 2014
Ukrainian Refugees: Between Propaganda and Reality

Thousands of Ukrainian refugees fled to Russia as a result of military operations in the southern and eastern Ukraine. As the Kremlin manipulates the refugees factor in its propaganda campaign against Ukraine, the real scale of the problem remains unclear. Political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya discusses the current situation.

 
New Russian Laws: Can a “Like” Really Send You to Prison?
14 July 2014
New Russian Laws: Can a “Like” Really Send You to Prison?

On June 30, president Vladimir Putin signed a law introducing several legislative amendments directed at toughening Russia’s laws on fighting extremism. These include imprisonment for funding extremist activities and calling for extremism via the Internet. Analyst Alexander Podrabinek argues that this law is hardly new, and that its goal is to instill nervousness in the public.

 
Russia Approves New U.S. Envoy
11 July 2014
Russia Approves New U.S. Envoy

On July 9, the Kremlin formally approved the appointment of John Tefft as the next U.S. ambassador to Russia. In an atmosphere of crisis between Russia and the West not seen since the end of the Cold War, Tefft faces a hard task. However, as Donald N. Jensen, resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, argues, no ambitious new campaign to improve the U.S.-Russia relationship is on the horizon. On the contrary, the United States is likely to seek to minimize cooperation with Russia.

 
Russia’s Political Prisoners: Ilya Gushchin
09 July 2014
Russia’s Political Prisoners: Ilya Gushchin

The Institute of Modern Russia continues its series of articles dedicated to Russian political prisoners with a portrait of Ilya Gushchin, opposition activist, member of the National Democratic Party, and defendant in the “second wave” of the Bolotnaya trials.