Leonard Benardo is Regional Director for Russia at the Open Society Institute. He is the coauthor (with Jennifer Weiss) of Brooklyn by Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Bridges, Parks, and More Got Their Names, to be published in July. (April 2006)

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Russia: The Persecution of Civil Society

On January 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law “Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation,” which radically curtail the independence of the country’s nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Russia’s parliament, the Duma, had passed the bill in its third reading in late December by a huge majority: 357 …