Masked police raided offices of a bank controlled by billionaire Alexander Lebedev , the Kremlin critic who owns the Novaya Gazeta opposition weekly in Moscow and Britain’s Evening Standard and Independent newspapers.
The Moscow City Court sentenced two men to life in prison for the 2006 murder of investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, a critic of President Vladimir Putin who chronicled rights abuses in Chechnya.
The three members of the female punk group Pussy Riot set out merely to protest the return to power of President Vladimir Putin. Now, their show trial is threatening to become a turning point in Russian history.
Vladimir Putin may not actually have won 64 percent of the vote, but his victory in Russia's March 4 presidential election is providing a tough reality check for the cosmopolitan, largely Moscow-based protest movement.
A Russian judge found newspaper tycoon Alexander Lebedev guilty of punching property developer Sergei Polonsky on national television and sentenced the former KGB agent to 150 hours of community service.