Stories by the Author
New law aims to increase state oversight on some religious minorities.
24 Sep 18
Ever-tighter links appear to be alarming some ordinary citizens.
1 Aug 18
The authorities appear to be weighing their response as to how best reign in dissent.
24 May 18
Attempts to block or amend contentious bill come to nothing.
4 Dec 15
Ambition to host Winter Olympics could deter government from copying Moscow’s homophobic law.
22 Nov 14
Concerns that hate speech laws are being used to silence anti-corruption campaigner and other government critics.
3 May 13
Prosecutors accuse three defendants of plotting against state, though little solid evidence has been presented.
28 Aug 12
People set themselves on fire in extreme and very public form of protest.
7 Oct 11
Recent trials of labour activists unlikely to deter further protests but certain to increase resentment.
28 Aug 11
Image-conscious government avoids labelling critics as mentally unstable, but police in provinces still use forcible committal as threat.
11 Mar 11