Dawn raids, Kafkaesque house arrests, ensuring articles are labelled with the words ‘FOREIGN AGENT’ in giant font – Russia is pulling out all the stops to clamp down on anything resembling independent media.
Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyaro pretended to be imprisoned Russian dissident Alexei Navalny’s right-hand man before a House of Commons committee, not long after they tricked a number of European politicians as well.
Russia has arrested so many supporters of Alexei Navalny that Moscow’s jails are full, leading to people being held in filthy conditions in overcrowded detention centres.
VICE spoke to Nadya Tolokonnikova about releasing the video as a direct response to the arrest of 5,000 protestors over the weekend, including bandmate Masha Alekhina.
As the judge read out his sentence in a Moscow court, opposition leader Alexei Navalny drew a heart on the glass of his cage for his wife.
Anastasia Vasilyeva, an ally of Russian opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny, was detained by police, but not before she'd finished playing Beethoven.
Though the mansion itself is real enough to be seen on Google Earth, it's unlikely Putin is jamming out to "Butterfly" there.
Speaking from a makeshift courtroom a day after he returned to Russia following a suspected assassination attempt, Navalny denounced the “lawlessness of the highest order.”
The leading critic of Vladimir Putin, who survived a suspected assassination attempt and faces jail on his return, said: “Russia is my country, Moscow is my city, and I miss it.”
One of the developers of the nerve agent Novichok said that based on the evidence available, Navalny received about 20% of a lethal dose of the poison.