Why I Lost My Right To Speak in the Duma

In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomaryov writes that he and Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov came under heavy pressure immediately following the publication of their "golden pretzel" articles, detailing what they believe to be illegal businesses run by various deputies. He thinks President Vladimir Putin is rubbing his hands together and preparing to escalate this conflict and writes that the old adage of "divide and conquer" has become the catchphrase of his third term.

Monday, October 1, 2012