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August 29 2013

On Monday, four satirical paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin were removed from the St. Petersburg Museum of Power during a raid by Russian police. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the artist behind the controversial works fled Russia.

July 27 2013


It’s already illegal to be part of the LGBT community in Russia. Now Vladimir Putin wants to stop gay tourists and their supporters from entering the country, either — with a new law to arrest, fine, detain and expel foreigners who participate in “homosexual propaganda.”

The new anti-gay legislation charges people thousands of dollars, holds them for up to two weeks, and expels them from the country for doing anything from holding hands with the same sex to wearing a rainbow flag pin.

January 11 2013

Inna Shevchenko, a 22 year-old leader of the Ukrainian organization, survived 24-hours of torture by the KGB, in Belarus. On December 19, 2011, KGB agents kidnapped Shevchenko and two other Femen members in Minsk, for protesting the country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, known as “Europe’s Last Dictator.” The six agents drove the women blindfolded into a snow-covered forest, stripped them naked, doused them in oil, and threatened to burn them alive if they didn’t complete humiliating drills. The agents chopped off the women’s hair with knives, threatened rape, and videotaped them, presumably for Lukashenko. One agent allegedly said for the camera, "Look at those bitches that were traveling all over the world, protesting, look at them now.”

May 25 2012

President Putin has added mounting pressure on these groups to abandon their retaliations against his government. In tandem with naming his new Cabinet, the president also supported a bill this week that would raise the fine for joining unofficial rallies from only about $160 to more than $32,000. The bill looks likely to pass and be enforced in the near future.

June 04 2011


Russian president Dmitry Medvedev expressed his dissenting opinion shortly after. "The declaration reflects an absolutely conservative position that intellectual property rights should be protected according to the existing conventions," said Medvedev. "No one questions that, but I have repeatedly stated that, unfortunately, those conventions were written 50 or almost 100 years ago, and they are unable to regulate the whole complex of relations between the copyright owner and users."

Characteristically unafraid to ruffle his fellow leaders' feathers, Medvedev continued "Unfortunately, this was not included in the declaration because, in my opinion, my colleagues have a more conservative opinion than is necessary at the moment. Or maybe they just don't use the Internet and have little understanding of it."

G8 Closes with Internet Declaration, and Russian Objection - International Business Times
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