“Russia won’t change itself.” A story of an opposition deputy, Daria Besedina

Daria Besedina, an architect and member of the “Urban Projects” organization, has become one of the independent deputies who managed to enter the Moscow City Duma. Glasnaya talked to Daria about how she stopped being politically indifferent and why it is important not to be afraid when standing up for the Russia of the future.

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“Freedom of speech is about self-respect.” Why Galina Arapova has been defending the rights of journalists in Russia for a quarter of a century now

Galina Arapova told Glasnaya why pretty much the only organization that professionally asserts the journalists’ rights to the freedom of speech works from Voronezh. She also reflected on whether you can keep your sanity living with the ‘foreign agent’ label.

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“A housewife won the election.” The story of Sofia Pugachyova, the head of a northern countryside district who is putting a human face on the government

In 2010 Sofia Pugachyova moved from St. Petersburg to a remote village near Pskov. A few years later, she ran for an election from the Yabloko party and was elected as the head of the district government. It is the first time the district is headed by an opposition party representative.

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“There will come a day when we will tell our kids that Russia once used to be xenophobic”. A story of Zarnigor Omonillaeva who helps immigrants from Central Asia

These days, women from Central Asia are leaving their countries to work in Russia. There are many problems they have to face including "temporary" husbands, unintended pregnancies, and, as a result, unwanted children.

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“Nobody wanted my daughter to die like this.” A story of an activist Anastasia Shevchenko

Having spent 2 years under house arrest, a Rostov-on-Don activist Anastasia Shevchenko got a suspended sentence for association with “undesirable organizations.” She became the first person to have been convicted under the new article of the Penal Code.

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