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Collective Security Treaty Organization
On October 7, 2002, the Presidents of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan signed a charter in Chisinau, founding the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) (Russian ODKB) (The Tashkent Treaty). ...
Embassy Row
Embassy Row, published by Sources as part of the Parliamentary Names & Numbers directory, lists all embassies and high commissions to Canada, and all Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates abroad. Each e...
The Hermitage
The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, t...
Shanghai Cooperation Organization
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a permanent intergovernmental international organization whose creation was proclaimed on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai (China) by the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People's Republic of Chin...
United Nations
The United Nations is central to global efforts to solve problems that challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are more than 30 affiliated organizations, known together as the UN system. Day in and day out, the UN and its f...
Wikileaks
Wikileaks has developed an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, ...
World Digital Library
The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. The principal objectives of the WDL are to: ...

News Releases

Canadian Women Voice Concern: Imminent Threat of War
2014-05-05
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is gravely concerned about a growing threat of a war between NATO and Russia both of which are powerfully armed with nuclear weapons. We have deep concern for the...
Court strips national news agency of its licence
2013-11-06
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by a Moscow court's decision today to grant a request by the Federal Agency for the Supervision of Communications, Roskomnadzor, for the withdrawal of the news ag...
Europe no longer so exemplary, Russian tragedy deepens
2009-10-22
Reporters without Borders
For the first time since 2002, the press freedom indexâ##s top 20 is not quite so European. Only 15 of the 20 leading countries are from the Old Continent, compared with 18 in 2008.
Global Press Freedom Declines in Every Region for First Time Israel, Italy and Hong Kong Lose Free Status
2009-05-02
Freedom House
Journalists faced an increasingly grim working environment in 2008, with global press freedom declining for a seventh straight year and deterioration occurring for the first time in every region, acco...
IFJ and EFJ Slam Head of Russian Investigative Committee over Threats to Senior Journalist
2012-06-14
International Federation of Journalists
Call to investigate reports of threats made by the Head of the Russian Investigative Committee to a senior journalist of Novaya Gazeta newspaper.
IFJ Backs Russian and Asian Unions in Campaign to Rebuild Trust in Media
2009-05-14
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is backing a regional campaign led by journalists' leaders from Russia, Turkey and Central Asia to strengthen quality journalism in the face of politi...
IFJ Condemns Arrest of Russian Editor after Exposure of Police Corruption Sparks Raid
2010-02-10
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the arrest of Valery Smetanin, Editor-in-chief and Galina Yablokova and her son Alexej Yablokov, two founders of the Ivanovo-Press wee...
IFJ Condemns Return to State Censorship after Journalist's Expulsion in Russia
2011-02-08
International Federation of Journalists
The international Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today accused Russia of stepping back into the shadows of censorship and political intolerance after The Guardian's Moscow correspondent Luke Harding...
IFJ/EFJ Stand in Solidarity with Russian Journalists to Remember Fallen Colleagues
2014-09-08
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have sent a message of solidarity and support to their affiliate, the Russian Union of Journalists (R...
IFJ Endorses Joint Russian-Georgian Demand to End Media Restrictions
2009-11-13
International Federation of Journalists
The IFJ has endorsed a joint declaration by the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) and the Independent Association of Georgian Journalists (IAGJ) that demands an end to all restrictions to reporting o...
IFJ Launches New Campaign in Iraq, Pakistan and Russia to End Impunity for Violence in Journalism
2013-11-06
International Federation of Journalists
With International Day against Impunity one month away, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today written to the leaders of Iraq, Russia and Pakistan to urge them and their governmen...
IFJ Marks Fifth Anniversary of Politkovskaya’s Murder with new Russian Database on Attacks on Journalists
2011-10-14
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate, the Russian Union of Journalists marked the fifth anniversary of the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya with the launch of i...
IFJ Marks Fourth Anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya Murder by Call for Justice
2010-10-07
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today marked the fourth anniversary of the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya by urging the Russian authorities to ensure justice f...
Journalists persecuted by judges in Rostov-on-Don
2014-01-05
Reporters without Borders
The release of Mikhail Khodorkovski, Pussy Riot and Greenpeace activists must not divert attention from the many other threats to fundamental freedoms in Russia.
Justice long overdue in Anna Politkovskaya murder
2012-10-08
Committee to Protect Journalists
As the sixth anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya's brutal murder nears, the Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by the complete absence of justice in her killing despite government ple...
Newspaper editor in coma after latest case of violence against journalists
2009-05-02
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about newspaper editor Vyacheslav Yaroshenko, who is in a coma after being attacked and beaten outside his home in the southern city of Rostov-on-Do...
Prominent woman journalist killed in suspicious fall from building
2009-12-06
Reporters without Borders
Calling for a thorough investigation into the death of Olga Kotovskaya, a prominent journalist who apparently fell from the 14th floor of a building in the centre of Kaliningrad 6 days after a court r...
Russia: Investigate Murder of Prominent Rights Lawyer
2009-01-23
Human Rights Watch
Russian authorities should immediately investigate the killing of Stanislav Markelov, a prominent Russian human rights lawyer, and bring his killers to justice, Human Rights Watch says.
Russia: the IFJ and the EFJ call for the release of Sergei Reznik
2015-02-02
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and their Russian affiliate, the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) call for the release of imprisoned R...
Sakharov Network welcomes Russian NGO among its ranks
2009-10-22
Sakharov Network
The Sakharov Network of former winners of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought hails today's European Parliament decision to award this year's prize to Memorial, an NGO that defends human rights ...

Sources Select Resources

Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day
Swanson, David
Article
2017
Counterpunch
Swanson calls into question the US government-driven media accusations that the Russian government had direct involvement in swaying the 2016 US election for Trump, and exames the motivations behind t...
Connexions Library: Europe Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Europe.
Connexions Library: Russia Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Russia.
Court strips national news agency of its licence
Sources News Release
Article
2013
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by a Moscow court's decision today to grant a request by the Federal Agency for the Supervision of Communications, Roskomnadzor, for the withdrawal of the news ag...
Crimea, Georgia and the New Olympic Sport: Russia Bashing
Felicity Arbuthnot
Article
2016
Dissident Voice
The Cultivation of Hate
The Lies Grow More Audacious
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2014
Counterpunch
If there were any doubts that Western “leaders” live in a fantasy make-believe world constructed out of their own lies, the G-7 meeting and 70th anniversary celebration of the Normandy landing dispel...
The Demonology School of Journalism
Putin and the press
Petras, James
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
The major influential western print media are engaged in a prolonged, large-scale effort to demonize Russian President Putin, his politics and persona. There is an article (or several articles) every ...
Facts Back Russia on Turkish Attack
Porter, Gareth
Article
2015
Turkey claims its November 24, 2015 shoot-down of a Russian warplane along the Syrian border was justified -- and the Obama administration is publicly siding with its NATO ally -- but a review of the ...
Focus Shifts to Trafficking of Men in Europe
Stracansky, Pavol
Article
2009
The public perception is that human trafficking victims are all vulnerable females forced into prostitution and sexual slavery. But this is not the case. It does not occur to many people that traffick...
The fruits of protest
Russia has shelved plans to break up the historic Pavlovsk seed bank
Jego, Marie
Article
2010
The Guardian
The Pavlovsk open air seedbank in St. Petersburg maintains 12,000 species of fruit trees, berries, and flowers. Plans to auction off the land have been placed on hold after protests.
Global Press Freedom Declines in Every Region for First Time Israel, Italy and Hong Kong Lose Free Status
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Freedom House
Journalists faced an increasingly grim working environment in 2008, with global press freedom declining for a seventh straight year and deterioration occurring for the first time in every region, acco...
Half a man beats none
In Russia and Mongolia, women don't shy away from polygamy
Katbamna, Mira
Article
2009
The Guardian
Investigation into the socio-economic motivations behind the movement to legalize polygamy. There are fewer men than women in Russia and Mongolia due to economic migration and alcoholism. Both urban a...
How Can the US Accuse Russia of Violating International Law?
Not Funny, But it's Still Hard Not to Laugh
Lindroff, Dave
Article
2014
Counterpunch
If you want to make moral or legal pronouncements, or to condemn bad behaviour, you have to be a moral, law-abiding person yourself.
How the Obama Administration Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
US nuclear policy is undermining our safety and national security
Postol, Theodore A.
Article
2014
The Nation
When Barack Obama was campaigning for president in 2008, he famously pledged to place nuclear disarmament at the center of his national-security strategy. Why, then, we must ask, is the Obama administ...
IFJ Backs Russian and Asian Unions in Campaign to Rebuild Trust in Media
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is backing a regional campaign led by journalists' leaders from Russia, Turkey and Central Asia to strengthen quality journalism in the face of politi...
IFJ Condemns Arrest of Russian Editor after Exposure of Police Corruption Sparks Raid
Sources News Release
Article
2010
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the arrest of Valery Smetanin, Editor-in-chief and Galina Yablokova and her son Alexej Yablokov, two founders of the Ivanovo-Press wee...
IFJ Condemns Return to State Censorship after Journalist's Expulsion in Russia
Sources News Release
Article
2011
International Federation of Journalists
The international Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today accused Russia of stepping back into the shadows of censorship and political intolerance after The Guardian's Moscow correspondent Luke Harding...
IFJ/EFJ Stand in Solidarity with Russian Journalists to Remember Fallen Colleagues
Sources News Release
Article
2014
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have sent a message of solidarity and support to their affiliate, the Russian Union of Journalists (R...
IFJ Launches New Campaign in Iraq, Pakistan and Russia to End Impunity for Violence in Journalism
Sources News Release
Article
2013
International Federation of Journalists
With International Day against Impunity one month away, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today written to the leaders of Iraq, Russia and Pakistan to urge them and their governmen...
IFJ Marks Fourth Anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya Murder by Call for Justice
Sources News Release
Article
2010
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today marked the fourth anniversary of the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya by urging the Russian authorities to ensure justice f...
It's Nato that's empire-building, not Putin
Hitchens, Peter
Article
2015
The Spectator
Two sides are required for a New Cold War — and there is no obvious need for an adversarial system in post-Soviet Europe.
Jeremy Corbyn Accused of Being Russian 'Collaborator' for Questioning NATO Troop Build-Up on Border
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2017
The Intercept
The armed forces minister for Britain's right-wing government, Mike Penning, accused Corbyn of being a collaborator with the Kremlin.
Journalists persecuted by judges in Rostov-on-Don
Sources News Release
Article
2014
Reporters without Borders
The release of Mikhail Khodorkovski, Pussy Riot and Greenpeace activists must not divert attention from the many other threats to fundamental freedoms in Russia.
Letter to the Lithuanian Government on Banning Russian Government-Controlled TV Channels
Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust; Inter American Press Association; et al.
Article
2015
World Press Freedom Comittee
This is an open letter to the Lithuanian government. While broadcasts from Russian-controlled television channels may be propagandistic, banning them would be a violation of basic human rights and ult...
Liberals Beware: Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas
Whitney, Mike
Article
2017
Counterpunch
An examination of the dishonesty in the New York Times' efforts to undermine President Trump, and broader criticisms of other tactics used by the liberal establishment to the same end.
A Marxist History of the World part 65: The 1905 Revolution: Russia's great dress rehearsal
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
Neil Faulkner looks at how the Russian Revolution of 1905 helped Leon Trotsky formulate an answer to the century-old riddle of Russian history: what form must the revolution take in order to be victor...
A Marxist History of the World part 72: February to October the rhythms of revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
The situation of 'dual power' that emerged after the overthrow of the Tsar in February 1917 was marked by a series of major political crises.
A Marxist History of the World part 80: Stalinism: the bitter fruit of revolutionary defeat
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
Neil Faulkner looks at the time when the Bolshevik regime turned in on itself and morphed into a mockery of its socialist ideals.
A Marxist History of the World part 84: State Capitalism in Russia
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
By the end of the 1920s, Stalin's party-state apparatus had become the dominant force in Russian society. A bureaucratic ruling class was formed, and all forms of dissent and resistance were treated a...
NATO Expands to Border of Russia, Then Blames Russia for Being On NATO's Doorstep
Article
2014
Mathaba
Russia at the gates? US State Dept, Pentagon grilled over NATO expansion. Watch the video or read the transcript: with clowns like these, it is no wonder that the USA has lost wars in Viet Nam, Afgani...
Newspaper editor in coma after latest case of violence against journalists
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about newspaper editor Vyacheslav Yaroshenko, who is in a coma after being attacked and beaten outside his home in the southern city of Rostov-on-Do...
NYT Hypes Russian Threat to the Internet
Schreiner, Ben
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
As if Americans didn't already have enough to worry about in regards to the recently resurrected Red Menace, we can now add the fear that those devious Russians are threatening to -- horror of horrors...
Obama's Double-Standard On Russia: He Attacks Russia, Then Condemn's Putin For Defending Russia From His Attack
Zuesse, Eric
Article
2015
Countercurrents.org
Obama overthrew the legal Government, and replaced it by this illegal one. But now he criticizes Putin as if he were the aggressor instead of the defender here. And Obama demands that the Soviet dicta...
October Revolution
Connexipedia Article
Article
The October Revolution, also known as the Soviet Revolution or Bolshevik Revolution, was a political revolution and a part of the Russian Revolution.
Polishing Putin: hacked emails suggest dirty tricks by Russian youth group
Elder, Miriam
Article
2012
Guardian
Nashi runs web of online trolls and bloggers paid to praise Vladimir Putin and denigrate enemies.
Prominent woman journalist killed in suspicious fall from building
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Calling for a thorough investigation into the death of Olga Kotovskaya, a prominent journalist who apparently fell from the 14th floor of a building in the centre of Kaliningrad 6 days after a court r...
Putin's Question and the Ambassador's Answer
Nelson, Joyce
Article
2015
CounterPunch
A fascinating, if brief, verbal exchange recently took place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1987 – 1991), Jack Matlock.
Random Shots: Great World Leaders on Parade
Kampfer, R.F.
Article
1998
Against the Current
Comments on world leaders
Resistance and Resolve in Russia: Memorial HRC
Smith-Ferri, David
Article
2017
Counterpunch
An account of the current climate for political dissent in Russia, describing the activities of and challenges faced by the Memorial Human Rights Centre, a Russian NGO.
Return of the Evil Empire
Hirthler, Jason
Article
2014
CounterPunch
You have to hand it to them. The United States media machine is unequaled at producing and disseminating misinformation. It begins in the bowels of the State Department or White House or Pentagon and ...
Rooms with a View of Russian Artistic History
Kennicott, Phillip
Article
2012
The Washington Post
Discussing the challenges for the small historic museums seeking to establish themselves in St. Petersburg.
Russia Launches 'Predictive System' for Monitoring Protest Activity Online
Lokot, Tetyana
Article
2015
Global Voices
The Russian government is implementing a monitoring system which will identify and monitor protest groups and network on the Internet through analyzing blogs and social media.
Russian aggression and the BBC's drums of nuclear war
Tickell, Oliver
Article
2015
Ecologist
The drums of war are beating on the BBC and other mass media, writes Oliver Tickell -- naked propaganda about fictitious 'Russian aggression' intended to soften us up for a war that could wipe out lif...
Russian Censors Falsify Evidence Against Newspaper to Uphold Ban on Political Coverage
Rothrock, Kevin
Article
2015
Global Voices
Almost a year ago, the Kremlin's media watchdog agency, Roskomnadzor, warned a series of news outlets against publishing reports about a protest that took place in Siberia on August 17, 2014. Last wee...
The Russian Dossier Reminds Me of the Row Over Saddam's WMDs
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2017
CounterPunch
The conclusions reached in the Trump dossier claim to be based on multiple sources of information where, in the nature of things, they are unlikely to exist.
Russia's Crisis: Capitalism in Question
Ticktin, Hillel; Weissman, Susan
Article
1998
Against the Current
THE ECONOMIC CRISIS in Russia is a trigger for the world-wide decline in stock markets and currencies rather than its cause. Russia has been in a sharp economic crisis for a decade, since Gorbachev p...
Russia's Fantasy "Stray Missiles," America's Real Ones
Arbuthnot, Felicity
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
Even to those who do not watch closely it has to be apparent that Washington's vast disinformation machine is finally out of control, seriously awry, or desperate.
Sanctions & the Dollar
Hallinan, Conn
Article
2014
CounterPunch
The recent round of sanctions aimed at Moscow over the crisis in the Ukraine could backfire on Washington by accelerating a move away from the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. While in the shor...
Siberia's Heavenly Lake and 'small peoples' of the High North at risk from oil drilling
Sakirko, Elena; Fomin, Konstantin
Article
2016
The Ecologist
A vital nature preserve in western Siberia, and the indigenous peoples that inhabit it, are at risk from oil development. Oil giant Surgutneftegas is already active in the Numto Park, but now they wan...
Ukrainian Hangovers
Russia, Crimea and the Consequences of NATO Policy
Sommers, Jeffrey; Hudson, Michael
Article
2014
CounterPunch
Russia’s incursion (invasion if you prefer) into Crimea, with prospects for movement into Eastern Ukraine, is the culmination of US/NATO policy since 1991.
Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie
One After Another After Another
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2014
CounterPunch
The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery.
Western Narrative of Crimea a Pack of Lies Born of Failed Policy and Historical Ignorance
Vogt, Jay
Article
2015
Russia Insider
The Western line on Crimea is so absurd that it actually requires mass historical ignorance to be believed.
Where's the Evidence?
The CIA-FBI-NSA report on the hacking of the 2016 election is pure baloney
Raimondo, Justin
Article
2017
AntiWar
We are told from the outset that the actual evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC and John Podesta's emails as part of a wide-ranging campaign to put Donald Trump in the White House cannot be reve...
Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault
The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin
Mearsheimer, John J.
Article
2014
Foreign Affairs
The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia's orbit and integrate it into the West. At the same time, the EU's expansion east...

Sources Bookshelf

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
The Experience of Modernity
Berman, Marshall
Book
1982
Berman examines the clash of classes, histories, and clutures in the modern world, and ponders our prospects for coming to terms with the relationship between a liberating social and philosophical ide...
Betrayal of Trust
The Collapse of Global Public Health
Garrett, Laurie
Book
2000
The story of recent failings of public health systems across the globe.
Russia in Revolution
Halliday, E.M.
Book
1967

Media

The Voice of Community
Russian newspaper published in Montreal and the province of Quebec. Our aim is to provide information for new immigrants in order to help them integrate into their new life here.

Government Ministries & Agencies

Canadian International Development Agency
Mandate: "Supporting sustainable development, reducing poverty and providing humanitarian assistance in order to promote a more secure, equitable and prosperous world."


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