Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow this weekend to honour opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead by unknown assailants on Friday. Nemtsov, an outspoken opponent of President Putin, had been due to lead an opposition march on Sunday but his killing turned the event into a mourning rally instead. An investigation into his murder has been opened, but Russia does not have a good track record investigating killings of Kremlin’s critics.

Read our complete round-up of human rights news today here.


♔ March 2, 1855 – Death of Tsar Nicholas I  

In February 1855, worn out with the struggle, the Tsar fell sick with influenza. “I recall the memory of the night of the death,” wrote a lady-in-waiting.

" It was two or three o’clock in the morning, but nobody slept. They had just called for the Court Chaplain. In the corridors, on the stairs every-where, I met (coming down from my rooms and shaking with apprehension) frightened, anxious faces. This silent anxiety in he semi-darkness of the Palace, feebly lit by a few wall-lamps, deepened the impression of that terrible moment. The dying Emperor was lying in is small study on the lower storey. The great domed vestibule was filled with silent courtiers. In this agonizing silence once heard only the howling of the wind in the enormous square courtyard. "

He died in the early morning of March 2, urging his son “Hold - hold all !" with a sweep of a hand that indicated Russia. The death of the Iron Tsar was greeted with a sense of relief in many circles both at home and abroad. Revolutioary Alexander Herzen was wildly effusive from exile, rejoicing "at the fact that the hated tyrant in jackboots is finally returned to the elements.” Others less radical still felt that it had ‘somehow become easier to breathe.’ The Empress, at his funeral, though, struck the world “as if she was dying of sorrow." For better or for worse, everyone knew that a change would come now.  {The Grand Dukes}

here's some news about LGBT teenagers in Russia

just got the news that the largest LGBT teenagers support community “Дети 404” on vk.com (this is like Facebook but more popular in Russia), will probably get shut after the proceeding that will take place on March, 4th. The founder of the group is charged with the promotion of homosexuality among minors. I’m so fucking scared to live in this country

this community helps these teenagers to stay alive(not only teenagers btw)

and people can express their feeling without fear of being spit on

i have no idea what to say i feel absolutely numb. please just be fucking kind to each other, seems like govenment isn’t going to protect you or your friends

"Last night, somebody sneaked behind his back and shot the 55-year-old politician dead—committing an act that was so opposite of Nemtsov in every way. If Nemtsov believed in something, he was never hiding behind anybody’s back. He shot his ideas out without any self-censorship, or demonstrated them with a banner in his hands out in the street, bravely, no matter how many times police arrested him for his anti-Putin protests, no matter how many death threats he received."

As much as I love Jupiter Ascending (I’ve seen it four times and run a blog called Fuck Yeah Jupiter Ascending - the fact should be pretty much self-evident), I am fully prepared to admit that it has flaws and is in some ways problematic. As a result, I was very interested in the linked livejournal post; it’s a commentary by someone of Russian descent on the depiction of Jupiter’s family in the film. It’s just one person’s perspective, but it provides an interesting dose of reality and challenges some of the weirder elements of Jupiter’s back story from an interesting and unusually well-informed perspective.

Are you of Russian descent/know anyone who is? If so, how did you find the depiction of Jupiter’s family?