Drive-by Planet: Sergei Udaltsov: Russian Left Front leader denies assault claim

  Russian Left-Front leader, Sergei Udaltsov, has been a target of the authorities over the years. A lot of the charges have been trumped up. For example in 2011 he was jailed for alleged jaywalking. His lawyer said of the arrests: “These cases are fabricated as a deliberate obstacle to prevent Sergei from exercising his ...

Drive-by Planet: Russian ads encourage virgins to give it up to Putin

Creepy pro-Putin ads have appeared that suggest a first vote for Vlad is like a virgin giving it up. On a website called The First Time, videos show young women consulting doctors with their concerns. One woman confesses she is rather anxious – “You know doctor, I am very scared, although my choice is one ...

Drive-by Planet: New Putin ‘virgin ad’

Drive-by Planet: Russian band Pussy Riot flashes Moscow cathedral

The icons and statuary in Christ the Savior cathedral in Moscow were rocked this week when all-female band Pussy Riot staged a flash gig. It was a brief, unscheduled appearance during which the band belted out the lyrics of their tune “Holy Shit.” This was a gutsy move. As we know from the prison terms ...