Freedom and chaos
Everything was possible. The fall of the planned economy brought freedom along with unimaginable social inequality. Cultural outburst, freedom of choice, fights in the parliament, and a feeling of hope. But also extreme poverty, mafia, and instability. The current elites gained their power in those times.
New independent radio stations and TV Chanels such as Echo of Moscow. Also MTV!Read more
Russia joins the IMF. The credits to develop the market economy are being issued throughout all the following years.Read more
A conservative attempt to restore the Soviet Union. Failed due to low support within the society.Read more
Soviet citizens no longer need to ask for permission to travel abroad.Read more
Disputable decision of economic liberalisation.Read more
Voted in referendum: The people said ‘yes’ to freedom.Read more
Russia joins Eurovision. *Puppets*, political show satire, starts broadcasting.Read more
Chechnya wars and economical crisis
Russia enters into First Chechen War, ending with Chechen autonomy. At the same time, Russia joins Nato's Partnership for Peace.Read more
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is being rebuilt. It was destroyed in Soviet times.Read more
The first internet provider appears. Yandex, so-called Russian Google, is established.Read more
Russia joins the Council of Europe. It is also admitted to the G7 group.Read more
Goverment tries to solve economic issues. It does not end up well.Read more
Cooperation between NATO and Russia is extended. Possibility of Russia joining NATO is being discussed.Read more
The financial reform fails. Ruble's value goes down drastically and country goes into default.Read more
The 2000’s started with the Chechen wars and terrorist attacks all over the country.
At the same time, they say that there was no such time in Russian history with such an economical growth, especially for the middle class. Yet, the economy does not solve all problems.
The 90’s euro/american optimism has been gradually substituted with the new ideas – patriotism, allegiance to the glorious past, and the feeling of exceptionalism – we have our own, unique way.
Dream of stability
Having been assigned as Yeltsin's successor only a couple of months ago, Putin wins his first election.Read more
Old tune, new lyrics.Read more
“It sank”. Told by Putin, this short comment on the death of 118 sailors became quite memorable and demonstrative even back then.Read more
New Putin's pioneer organisation. Yet, not widespread.Read more
The largest Russian military base in Cuba is closed.Read more
The new managment converted an independent channel into pro-government one.Read more
Stability, after the years of chaos, becomes its main idea and goal.Read more
"Joint decisions and actions", military cooperation.Read more
Khodorkovsky and Lebedev would end up in jail, the company would be nationalised.Read more
333 people, 186 of them children died. The storming by Russian forces has been highly criticised afterwards.Read more
“The slide of the country into authoritarianism”(1), as commented by Grigory Yavlinsky.Read more
Prize is held in St Petersburg. Zaha Hadid is the laureat.Read more
He seeks no way to go for the third presidential term. Indeed.Read more
Befrending disputable regimes would soon become a habit.Read more
Question more, they say. Usually, they question only those who are against Putin.Read more
An ex FSB-officer, famous for criticising FSB and Putin, was killed.Read more
Banned by the authorities to protect those who are offended by it.Read more
Well-recognised journalist, famous for her criticism of Russian actions in Chechnya, was shot dead.Read more
Man of the year
Forbes magazine reports that Russia now has 60 billionaires. Only 15 years ago there was none.Read more
"Russia without Putin!", "Shame!", "Give the elections back!" was shouted in the streets. 113 people were detained.Read more
Putin turns hostile towards the US foriegn policyRead more
“He's not a good guy, but he's done extraordinary things”.Read more
It was belived to be the first step towards Schengen.Read more
The Medvedev Thaw
They'd call these times the Medvedev's thaw. The only one gap in Putin's presidency.Read more
First time in history, Russia wins Eurovision with a song Believe.Read more
Being afraid of Georgia making new friends on the West, Russia supports rebelious Osetia with troops and tanksRead more
A woman was charged with High Treason for sending an SMS to Georgia describing the movements of the Russian troops.Read more
The human rights activists, famous for their anti-Nazi investigations, are killed.Read more
The great expectations to build a bridge between Russia and the EU.Read more
Obama-Medvedev's attempt to improve relastionships between the countries.Read more
Series of protests to protect the 31st article of the Constitution, guranteeing Freedom of Assmebly.Read more
The previous years of relative prosperity along with theoretical freedom kickstarted the growth of civil society.
The long-lasting 2008’s economical crisis brought a political one – a new-born middle-class started to disagree with the political decisions, taken with no consent.
The growing protest power provoked a reaction – every step a society took would end up in new restrictions. At the same time, the aggressive international course taken in 2008, justified the Crimean annexation, nurturing people’s imperial ambitions, has aggravated the already taken course to isolation. As life shows, the most horrible things happen when nobody can see it.
A new nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation is reached.Read more
With secular ethics option de jure, with orthodox priests spreading the word of God in public schools de facto.Read more
Having started right after the legislative elections, it would gather thousands of people staying against the regime.Read more
New name, more money, less responsibility.Read more
Carousel voting, fraud, massive protest afterwards, and yet, the pro-Putin party stays in power.Read more
The biggest protest in modern Russian history would end up in the large scale repression against Freedom of Assembly.Read more
NGOs, media organisations, and common people who recevie any funding from abroad are scrutinised.Read more
In response to the Magnitsky Act, Russia decided to ban the US citizens from adopting Russian children.Read more
A punk-band Pussy Riot performed in the main cathedral. They'll end up in jail.Read more
“I promised you we would win. We have won. Glory to Russia!"Read more
After the Pussy Riot case, Russia decides to start protecting religious sensibilities by putting people into jail.Read more
No more "distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships".Read more
Unauthorised demonstrations are punishable by a fine or detention of up to 15 days. 5 years, if it is the 3rd breach.Read more
The return of Crimea, they call it.Read more
A celebration of life, not without its controversies.Read more
One of the last independent channels is forced to leave their office.Read more
The Eastern Ukraine separatists, funded by Russia, shoot down a civil aeroplane.Read more
The biggest liberal Internet media fires the chief editor. They soon would open Meduza.Read more
A famous Russian politic, an ex-prime minister, is killed right next to Kremlin. Insignificant, calls him Putin.Read more
Russia decides to support Bashar Asad by military intervention.Read more
Both uranium agreement and nuclear pact with the USA are suspended by Russia.Read more
United Russia wins a supermajority. Parliament is not a place for discussions, once said the speaker of the State Duma.Read more
Mainly concerned with suppressing corruption, the protests gathered thousands of Russians.Read more
Fifa World Cup
Here we're again.Read more
Russians make friends with foreigners. Probably, for the last time.Read more
The core electorate, the pensioners, protest against the retirement age hike. Communists start gaining support.Read more
"Disrespect for society, government, state symbols, the constitution and government institutions" by media are fined.Read more
The highly corrupted Moscow city Duma elections provoke furious protests.Read more
No way back
It all started with global isolation. Usually, having a dialogue helps to make a considered decision. However, the regime has been gradually destroying all sorts of opposite views on Russia – be it an internal political opposition, free media, or various international connections.
Externally, from subtle hybrid Georgian/Donetsk intervention, the Putin regime started a real war, ending any dialogue with Ukraine along with the West.
Internally, they closed almost all the independent media and non-commercial organisations that did not play the main tune.
The 20's have just started.
Before the war started
Covid appears in Russia.Read more
Putin is safe - he can be re-elected again. The local government has no power, marriage – only between men and womenRead more
Prominent opposition politician is poisoned, but survived by pure chance. Later, he ends up in jailRead more
Previously poisoned, Navalny got back to Russia in January. Arrested upon arrival, put into jail.Read more
Fraud, again.Read more
The Russian policy from now on can search homes and cars with no warrantRead more
An NGO, dedicated to preserving memories of Stalin victims, is closed under the Foreign Agent LawRead more
After the war started
Usually, having a dialogue helps to make a considered decision. However, the regime has been gradually destroying all sorts of opposite views on Russia – be it an internal political opposition, free media, or various international connections.
Right after the war started, Echo of Moscow was closed. Meduza, Dozdh, along with many of the free media were blocked. The very word war is banned - it may put one into jail up to 15 years. Somebody already has their 7 years.
The war continues.
When we think about politics and society, we tend to think in democratic terms. Russia however is not a democratic state. We try to explain the Russian terms and principles in simplest terms possible to give a context to the current happenings.
Stories of people
To put a human face to social phenomena, we recommend you to read a few stories of real Russians against the war. Some of them are brave activists, some of them just ordinary people. In any case, they vehemently disagree with the actions of their country (and this position affected their life in one way or another).