Moscow's counter-terror measures in Dagestan prompted a protest from a mob of Muslim mothers and wives who said their loved ones were being locked away, beaten or tortured with electricity.
With thousands of active fighters, the insurgency in Dagestan is now reportedly the largest in the Caucasus.
The "March of Millions" brought tens of thousands of protesters to the streets in Moscow on May 6, the day before Vladimir Putin's inauguration as Russian president.
Now that Russia has turned its attentions to regional politics, it is becoming apparent that the most effective opposition forces will come from those who are part of the system or close to it.
In the wake of his electoral success, Vladimir Putin's propaganda machine isn't aimed at convincing citizens that things have changed, but instead to demonstrate how things have stayed the same.
The recent presidential election in Russia represented the end of large demonstrations that have characterized the anti-Putin movement and the beginning of a strategic approach to spark reform.
Can Putin's opposition maintain the momentum needed to build new alternatives for civil society?
The fleets of armored personnel carriers and battalions of riot police that poured into Moscow on the night of Vladimir Putin's election victory made clear that reform will not come easily.
The protests that erupted, the eerie calm that followed, and what everyone is thinking about Putin.
Russia's urban professional class has turned against Putin. It won't cost him this election, but it may cost him plenty in political capital.
Large demonstrations against Vladimir Putin’s rule signal many important shifts in Russia’s political and civic life—including the return of political satire.
In the southwest corner of Russia, an Islamist insurgency has spread out of Chechnya into neighboring regions of the North Caucasus and is claiming hundreds of lives a year.