Moscow Cops Raid Offices of Putin Opponent Alexei Navalny, Who Just Wont Quit

MOSCOWAt about 8 oclock Thursday night, days before municipal elections, police special forcesmen in black uniforms with faces hidden under black balaclavasbroke the door to opposition leader Alexei Navalnys Anti-Corruption Foundation, stormed in and confiscated pretty much everything: computers, cameras, film lights, cell phones, clothes, food, as well as thousands of documents important for independent election observers. Two hours later police detained nine of the foundations members in different corners of the Russian capital. During the raid Navalny, famous for his cool resistance and extraordinary stamina, took a video of his teams lawyers playing soccer in the office, as if nothing unusual was happening. In the past decade Russian authorities have put Navalny behind bars dozens of times for hundreds …

Moscows peaceful protests enrage the Kremlin because its only tool is violence | Alexey Kovalev

Thousands are calling for opposition candidates to be allowed to stand in the citys election, says Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev On a typical weekday, Moscow is a modern, rapidly developing metropolis, a far cry from its dark, litter-strewn, dilapidated self 20 years ago. Its formerly abandoned industrial parks are hipster havens serving artisanal cocoa milk lattes and avocado bruschetta to crowds that wouldnt look out of place in east London or Brooklyn, while its public transport system is one of the cheapest and most efficient in the world. But by the weekend, downtown Moscow is a warzone. For several weeks, Muscovites have been peacefully Alexei Navalny is a lawyer-turned-campaigner whose 200,000 volunteers who have been canvassing for me. There has …