Patriotism. A project by Misha Friedman and IMR

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

The Ukrainian crisis has once again kindled the flames of Russian separatism—a problem that has plagued the authorities for many years. On August 17, 2014, the so-called “March for the Federalization of Siberia” was supposed to take place in Novosibirsk, but it was forbidden from occurring by the local authorities. All articles covering the issue were retracted upon the request of Roskomnadzor, the 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 Spread of Russian Chauvinism
28 August 2014
The Spread of Russian Chauvinism

The most recent public polls in Russia show an unprecedented increase in patriotism and support for president Vladimir Putin’s policies. At the same time, there is growing intolerance toward the opposition and hostility toward Western counties. Olga Melnikova, a Moscow-based journalist, observes that, under the influence of propaganda, many Russians seem to have developed something akin to Stockholm syndrome in their relationship to the government.

 
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.