In 2011 and 2012 a wave of protest demonstrations - the largest since the end of the USSR – swept across Russia. Tens of thousands of Russian citizens took to the streets to demand free and fair elections and an end to Putisim. Mainstream national media – largely controlled by the Kremlin – studiously downplayed or ignored these events. It was up to a small group of independent and courageous newspapers and TV channels to tell the truth.
With the kind support of Heinrich Böll Stiftung