Magazine February 6, 2017, Issue

To Protest in Russia

An oppressive law and the ordeal of Ildar Dadin

As of this writing, Ildar Dadin is alive and well. He is a prisoner — but he is no longer being tortured, and his family no longer fears for his life. For now.

Dadin is probably the best-known political prisoner in Russia. And he has the unwelcome distinction of being the first person jailed under Article 212.1 of the Russian Criminal Code. Those numerals — 212.1 — are notorious among Russian democrats. “No to 212.1,” read their placards.

Enacted in July 2014 and taking effect at the beginning of 2015, this article is somewhat tricky, but it amounts to this: Repeated public …

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