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Marina Obrazkova

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Marina Obrazkova is a professional journalist writing on politics and society. Previously she worked as the Central Desk Editor for Society at Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH).

09.01.2017

The Dadin List could become the new sequel to the Magnitsky List

The Dadin List could become the new sequel to the Magnitsky List

Human rights activists within Russia are pushing for the creation of a Dadin List, which would sanction top Russian officials implicated in the detention and systematic torture of Ildar Dadin, an opposition activist

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26.12.2016

Russian domestic politics: 2016 in review

Russian domestic politics: 2016 in review

The top news stories of the year included parliamentary elections in September, a series of high-level political shakeups and several prominent corruption scandals

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23.12.2016

Putin's year-end press conference offers few hints about nation's future

Putin's year-end press conference offers few hints about nation's future

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference didn’t bring any surprises. In fact, it disappointed some journalists and experts because Putin has not been able to articulate how his policies will resolve urgent problems

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02.12.2016

Putin’s Federal Assembly address shifts focus from foreign policy to society

Putin’s Federal Assembly address shifts focus from foreign policy to society

This week Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual address to the Russian Federal Assembly. According to analysts, the address could be a sign that Putin has reassessed his priorities in favor of social challenges

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22.11.2016

Russia's opposition leader Navalny declares presidential bid

Russia's opposition leader Navalny declares presidential bid

Prominent opposition figure and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has announced he plans to run for the presidency, with criminal charges against him suspended. However, Russia’s experts are divided in their assessments of his chances in the 2018 presidential elections

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10.11.2016

The Russian protest movement, still without a real leader

The Russian protest movement, still without a real leader

The scandal around Ildar Dadin, the first person jailed for street protests under a new law on public assemblies, has renewed discussion about the possibility of a protest movement forming in Russia

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02.11.2016

Could students lead the next Russian protest movement?

Could students lead the next Russian protest movement?

According to reports, the government is now assessing the Russian student community as a potential source of future protest activity. The key concern appears to be that wide-scale economic dislocation may spark social discontent

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25.10.2016

What do the Kremlin's reshuffles mean for Russia's political future?

What do the Kremlin's reshuffles mean for Russia's political future?

New political appointments within the Presidential Administration and State Duma could be further signs that the Kremlin is already preparing for presidential elections in 2018

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19.09.2016

Russia may not be so united behind United Russia

Russia may not be so united behind United Russia

According to initial estimates, the party of power – United Russia – performed even better than expected in parliamentary elections. But how much support does the party really have in Russia?

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09.09.2016

Why Russia's leading polling center is listed as a foreign agent

Why Russia's leading polling center is listed as a foreign agent

One of Russia's most respectful sociological research centers is the latest Russian NGO to be hit with the label of foreign agent. Here is how it will affect its work during the upcoming parliamentary elections

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16.08.2016

How a political unknown became the third most powerful person in Russia

How a political unknown became the third most powerful person in Russia

The quick rise to power of Anton Vaino, who will replace Sergei Ivanov as President Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff, has some speculating about a new role for the Presidential Administration

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11.08.2016

Why Ukraine doesn't need a new Russian ambassador

Why Ukraine doesn't need a new Russian ambassador

The current diplomatic squabble over the fate of Mikhail Babich, the newly appointed Russian ambassador to Ukraine, is threatening to become another flash point in an already tense relationship

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01.08.2016

Why Putin reshuffled his political deck

Why Putin reshuffled his political deck

A rotation of the Russian elites has become a defining feature of President Vladimir Putin’s governing style, as he seeks to consolidate power among those he trusts

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01.07.2016

Another corruption scandal is a blow to Russian liberals

Another corruption scandal is a blow to Russian liberals

The case of Kirov governor Nikita Belykh, implicated in a high-profile corruption scandal, will likely affect the image of Russian liberals on the eve of parliamentary elections in Russia

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22.06.2016

The Russian doping scandal: Who is to blame?

The Russian doping scandal: Who is to blame?

Forcing a nation’s athletes to take collective responsibility for the illegal doping activities of some individuals is not the fairest of solutions, say Russian athletes

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20.06.2016

New survey shows what an ideal political candidate looks like in Russia

New survey shows what an ideal political candidate looks like in Russia

With the Russian parliamentary campaign in full swing, what type of politicians are voters supporting? For now, it appears that Russian voters are backing centrist candidates capable of enacting slow, gradual change

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20.05.2016

Are political primaries in Russia finally ready for prime time?

Are political primaries in Russia finally ready for prime time?

Ahead of this fall’s Duma elections, all eyes are now on Russia’s political primaries taking place on May 22. For United Russia, the current ruling party, they are a test of the strength and diversity of the nation’s political platform

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18.05.2016

In Russia, some media companies are more equal than others

In Russia, some media companies are more equal than others

After Russian media company RBC underwent an editorial reshuffle last week, media insiders are once again raising the issue of the freedom of the press in Russia

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27.04.2016

Making sense of Russia's strange new choice to defend human rights

Making sense of Russia's strange new choice to defend human rights

The appointment of new human rights ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova has provoked a mixed reaction in Russia because she is a former law enforcement official and a conservative politician who supported a series of controversial laws

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06.04.2016

The Panama Papers: A new headache for the Kremlin?

The Panama Papers: A new headache for the Kremlin?

Russian experts are mixed on how the Kremlin should respond to the allegations in the Panama Papers. Some believe that the Kremlin should launch an independent probe, while others say that Russia has no reason to start a new investigation

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