Patriotism. A project by Misha Friedman and IMR

For Fair Elections in Russia
22 December 2011

A new rally for fair elections in Russia and against arbitrary rule will take place at 12 pm on December 24 in front of the Russian Consulate in New York. IMR supports Russian people in the effort to defend their basic civil freedoms and to bring the country back on the path of democratic development.

Signs of Progress on the "Magnitsky Act"
16 December 2011

On December 14, U.S. Congress held an open hearing on the state of human rights and the rule of law in Russia. Invited experts supported the country’s recent protests, and State Department officials indicated the possibility of a dialogue with Congress on the “Magnitsky Act.”

Worldwide Protests Against the Russian Duma Election Fraud
12 December 2011

Saturday, December 10 in New York City will be remembered as the day when Russians made their voices heard. At least 300 people showed up to the Russian Consulate to protest in support of fair elections. It was the largest Russian rally in the city’s history. IMR’s Olga Khvostunova joined the protesters and offers this report.

‘Russian Visionaries’ Exhibit Opened in New York City
05 December 2011

On December 1st, the Institute of Modern Russia (IMR) held an opening reception for the “Russian Visionaries. Into the Light” portrait exhibit at the 25CPW gallery in New York City.

The Russian Political Regime Has Been Diagnosed
30 November 2011

From November 17-20, the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) held its 43rd annual conference in Washington, D.C. Panelists discussed issues related to contemporary Russia and came to the conclusion that the country has no future under the current regime.

Documentary on Khodorkovsky Banned and Sabotaged by Moscow Officials
21 November 2011

Moscow officials are trying to sabotage the screenings of Cyril Tuschi's documentary on Mikhail Khorodkovsky. Caterina Innocente spoke with Olga Papernaya, representative of movie distributors' in Russia, about the threatening phone calls the Moscow movie theaters interested in screening the documentary received in the past few days. Papernaya is planning on making an official statement to the press on Tuesday, November 22.

Election Results in Russia Will Inevitably Be Falsified
15 November 2011

Such was the agreed-upon conclusion at a panel discussion hosted by the Harriman Institute (Columbia University) on November 14. With parliamentary elections coming in about two weeks, the only issues left to debate are to what extent the results will be falsified and what implications this will have for the regime.

Garry Kasparov Сalls for the U.S. to Halt Dealings with Putin
07 November 2011

As Russian parliamentary and presidential elections approach, opposition leaders are reaching out to the United States and the West for support. One of these opposition members is Garry Kasparov, the world chess champion and leader of “The Other Russia” political coalition. He spoke about the disastrous consequences of Vladimir Putin’s return at an event sponsored by the Hudson Institute on November 3 in New York City.

The Russian Film Week: The Hopes and Sorrows of Russian Cinema
05 November 2011

The 11th annual NYC Russian Film Week took place in Manhattan from October 28 to November 3, 2011. Caterina Innocente discussed the new Russian cinema, the kind you watch without pop-corn.

Washington Debates the Price of Reset
02 November 2011

Speaking at a conference hosted last week by The Heritage Foundation, Russian opposition leader and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov delivered a withering critique of the Obama administration’s policies toward Russia. Seduced by the illusion of liberal reform during the presidency of Dmitry Medvedev, Kasparov said, Washington placed its bets on an impossible scenario, as Vladimir Putin never actually left the seat of power. James Kimer reports from Washington, DC.