“What should one make intellectually of the emotional contemplation of life on the Western Front? What is there to learn?”
BY JULIA PETTENGILL
The recently-established lobby group Conservative Friends of Russia (CFOR) is doing little to dispel suspicions that its sympathies lie with the Russian government.
One week after Russia’s fraud-ridden local elections, Russian opposition parties have achieved an anomaly in that country’s politics by holding what appear to have been free and fair elections to the Coordination Council new decision-making body of the opposition movement.
This week, the Moscow City Court released Yakaterina Samutsevich, one of the convicted members of the anti-Putin punk collective Pussy Riot. Samutsevich was given a suspended sentence on appeal, while the two-year sentences of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alkhina were upheld.
The opposition party Georgia Dream has won a convincing victory in Georgia’s parliamentary elections.
Just weeks ahead of Benedict XVI’s visit, the Birmingham Oratory is guilty of profound institutional cruelty in its treatment of three banished former members