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About Anastasia
Anastasia Tenisheva is a journalist based in Moscow, Russia.
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Devoted Wife, ‘First Lady of the Opposition’ and Now Emerging Politician: Who Is Yulia Navalnaya?

20 Feb 2024  |  themoscowtimes.com
Following the death of her husband, Alexei Navalny, in a Russian prison, Yulia Navalnaya has announced her intention to continue his political work. Navalnaya, who has supported Navalny throughout his political career and played a crucial role during his recovery from a poisoning attack, is now stepping into the political arena amid a challenging environment for the Russian opposition. She has met with European Union leaders and proposed measures against the Russian political regime, calling for action rather than statements. Her entry into politics has been met with support from Russian opposition figures and hope among Navalny's supporters, despite facing a sophisticated propaganda machine that has targeted her and her family.

Russian Publisher Raided for Selling Books By Renowned Writer on 'Extremists and Terrorists' List

19 Dec 2023  |  The Moscow Times
Russian investigators raided the Zakharov publishing house for selling books by Boris Akunin, recently added to the 'extremists and terrorists' list. The raid follows Akunin's public condemnation of the Kremlin's war against Ukraine. Despite pressure, Zakharov continues to sell Akunin's books, citing a legal conflict. Akunin, living in the U.K., anticipates further state pressure on other publishers and theaters associated with his works.

Russia's Jewish Community Calls on Authorities to 'Punish' Anti-Israel Rioters

30 Oct 2023  |  The Moscow Times
Russia's Jewish community urges the government to prosecute anti-Israel rioters who stormed an airport in Dagestan, targeting Jewish and Israeli passengers. The Federation of Jewish Communities and the Russian Jewish Congress condemned the incident, highlighting the growing anti-Israel sentiment and the failure of local authorities to prevent the unrest. The Chief Rabbinate of Russia's representative in Dagestan described the situation for Jews as very difficult, with many feeling unsafe. The Jewish community in Russia has been actively raising support for Israel, collecting funds for medical needs and holding prayers.

1.5 Years Into War, Clubs, Festivals and Nightlife Offer an Escape for Russians

21 Oct 2023  |  www.themoscowtimes.com
Despite the ongoing war with Ukraine, many Russians are finding solace in the nightlife of Moscow, with clubs and festivals offering an escape. The capital shows few signs of the conflict, except for military recruitment billboards and closed foreign shops due to sanctions. Experts note that authorities are maintaining calm by supporting soldiers' families. While Moscow and St. Petersburg are less affected by recruitment, drone attacks have raised safety concerns. The nightlife scene has adapted, with fewer events and a focus on local talent due to the departure of international artists and emigration of war opponents. However, events are increasing again as people return. The Levada Center's survey shows a majority believe Russia is headed in the right direction and approve of Putin's performance, but there is an underlying acknowledgment of the war's toll. The Moscow Times, labeled a 'foreign agent', seeks support for its independent journalism.

Israeli Families Mourn Victims Of Hamas Attack

19 Oct 2023  |  The Moscow Times
The article reports on the mourning of Israeli families, including Russian-Israeli citizens, following a deadly attack by Hamas militants. Dmitry Reshetnikov, a young soldier, and David Lystsov, a festival worker, were among the victims. The attack resulted in over 1,400 Israeli and 3,300 Palestinian deaths. The Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv is assisting Russian nationals, while President Vladimir Putin has expressed condolences and called for a peaceful resolution. The article highlights the personal losses and the broader geopolitical implications.

‘I Will Be Rehabilitated’: Jailed Navalny Ally Chanysheva Challenges Prison Sentence

17 Oct 2023  |  The Moscow Times
Lilia Chanysheva, an ally of Alexei Navalny and former head of Navalny's office in Bashkortostan, remains in prison after being sentenced to 7.5 years for creating an 'extremist organization.' Despite little hope for a successful appeal, she continues to challenge her sentence, maintaining her innocence and belief in future rehabilitation. The European Union and Human Rights Watch have called for her release, and Memorial recognizes her as a political prisoner. Chanysheva remains active, organizing book collections and waste collection initiatives from jail, and receives global support. She criticizes the political climate in Russia as repressive, with opponents of the government imprisoned, prosecuted, or exiled, and describes the atmosphere as a 'one-man show' for Putin. However, she expresses hope for Russia's future, citing the continued work of politicians, activists, journalists, lawyers, volunteers, and philanthropists.

Russian Volunteers in Armenia Help Refugees Displaced from Nagorno

03 Oct 2023  |  The Moscow Times
Russian and Armenian volunteers in Yerevan, Armenia, are providing humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh following Azerbaijan's recent military operation. The Ethos charity, initially focused on Ukrainian refugees, has redirected its efforts to assist Armenian refugees, establishing distribution points in multiple cities. Volunteers are working tirelessly to provide food, clothing, mental health support, and legal assistance. Despite logistical challenges and some resistance from local authorities, the aid efforts continue. The United Nations reports that up to 1,000 ethnic Armenians remain in Nagorno-Karabakh, with many fearing repression if they return.

Russia’s Ruling Party Downplays War in Sweeping Regional Election Push

06 Sep 2023  |  The Moscow Times
Russia's ruling United Russia party is downplaying the war in Ukraine in its regional election campaign, focusing instead on socio-economic issues. The Kremlin is treating these elections as a rehearsal for the 2024 presidential elections, with President Vladimir Putin expected to seek a fifth term. Despite the lack of independent observers and real opposition, the government is cautious about the election outcomes. The change in campaign strategy follows internal criticism and the Wagner mercenary group's revolt. Experts believe this approach may appeal to voters who are weary of the ongoing conflict.

In Death, Prigozhin Stands to Leave a Lasting Mark on Russia

29 Aug 2023  |  The Moscow Times
The death of Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner mercenary group, has left a significant impact on Russia, silencing a prominent critic of the Russian military's performance in Ukraine and casting uncertainty over his business and military ventures. Prigozhin's cultivated image as a man of action and his harsh criticisms of the Defense Ministry garnered him support among some Russians. His death has sparked memorials and tributes, despite efforts by authorities to label him a traitor. Experts suggest his posthumous image may serve as a symbolic contrast to the Russian government but is unlikely to significantly influence domestic politics.

Putin Protests on Poisoning Anniversary

20 Aug 2023  |  themoscowtimes.com
Global protests titled “Putin Is a Killer” were held on the third anniversary of Alexei Navalny's poisoning, which he attributes to Vladimir Putin. Organized by Navalny's associates, the protests occurred in various Western countries and regions with significant Russian emigre populations. Demonstrations took place in cities like Amsterdam and Tbilisi, with participants condemning Putin's actions and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Inside Russia, limited protest activity was reported due to strict controls and legal risks. Navalny, currently imprisoned on

Russia’s Massive Army Recruitment Drive Appears to Deliver Few Soldiers

08 Jun 2023  |  The Moscow Times
Russia's extensive army recruitment campaign, aimed at addressing manpower shortages in Ukraine, has struggled to meet its targets despite widespread advertising and promises of high salaries. Experts and anecdotal evidence suggest the number of new recruits is far below expectations, with only 117,000 men joining the Armed Forces in the first five-and-a-half months of the year. The campaign, which emphasizes patriotism and traditional masculinity, appears to be an effort to avoid another round of mobilization. However, experts believe that without sufficient recruits, another mobilization may be inevitable.
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