Russian Activists Protest Khimki Deforestation

KHIMKI, Russia — Dozens of activists from Moscow Oblast converged on the town of Khimki on October 23 to protest deforestation during construction works there, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports. Yevgenia Chirikova, who heads the Defenders of the Khimki Forest movement, told RFE/RL that the local authorities granted permission for the gathering. She said the protesters’ […]

Enemy of the state

There could be no doubt: someone had broken into my flat. Three months after arriving in Russia as the Guardian’s new Moscow bureau chief, I┬áreturned home late from a┬ádinner party. Everything appeared normal. Children’s clothes lying in the corridor, books piled horizontally in the living room, the comforting debris of family life. And then I […]

Russian Homeowners Launch Protest Hunger Strike

KRASNOYARSK, Russia — Prospective homeowners in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk are demanding apartments or their money back — and have gone on hunger strike to push their point, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports. The 11 people who went on hunger strike on September 14 are demanding that the Stroitekhnika construction company either provide the apartments […]