Oksana Chelysheva reports on the Russian government's response to recent demonstrations at opendemocracy.net.
How did mighty Russia, a country of 140 million, with a huge nuclear arsenal and pretensions to superpower status react? First the authorities tried to ban the day outright. It was "illegal" (it wasn't). It was going to trespass onto church-owned holy land (it wasn't). It would be "violent" (it wouldn't). Then the serious harassment and round-ups began...Also, the Guardian reviews Anna Politkovskaya's Russian Diary.