September 4, 1999 Apartment Bombing, many military families, 62 dead. Four more bombings over the next two weeks kill a total of 350. Muslim radicals blamed. Possible "False Flag" that Putin exploits to solidify power and expand the war in Chechnya (in 2022: "Pipeline" & "Dirty Bomb" theories floated as possible False Flags Putin can exploit to solidify power and expand the war in Ukraine)
December 31, 1999 Putin replaces Yeltsin as PresidentAnna Politkovskaya
October 7, 2006 Anna Politkovskaya, journalist, shot to death, had reported on Putin's corruption and atrocities in Chechnya, some say her killing was a birthday gift to Putin.Alexander Litvinenko
November 23, 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, Putin critic, died in London after being poisoned with polonium.
August 1, 2008 The Russo-Georgian War begins. Russia crushes many of the democratic independent hopes and dreams of the Rose Revolutions (2003-2004). Georgia has been afraid to incur Russia's wrath ever since, establishing Russia's objectives without having to maintain a full-scale war or occupation. Russia encouraged "separatists" in Georgia, as we've also seen in Moldova and Ukraine. Divide and conquer? Russia doesn't call the war in Georgia a war, they say it's a "peace enforcement", recalling their 2022 declaration that the war in Ukraine was a "special military operation" and calling it a "war" in Russia could lead to your arrest.
April 16, 2009 Finally! The end of the Second Russo-Chechen War which began in 1999.
Sergei Magnitsky's Grave
November 16, 2009 Sergei Magnitsky, attorney in Bill Browder's fraud case involving the police and officials, beaten to death in police custody. The case highlights the lengths (or depths) Putin and his cronies will go to cover up their massive looting of the Russian public, most notably through the rigged "privatization" process where Soviet-owned (that is, owned by the government on behalf of the public) industries were illegally sold to insiders at a fraction of their true value. This is the source of most of the illicit wealth of Putin and his oligarchs, as well as their continued exploitation of gas and oil and other resources.
March 3, 2012 Two members of the feminist activist punk group Pussy Riot arrested for an anti-Putin protest at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. A third member was later arrested. One was freed after an appeal, but the other two spent nearly two years in jail, where it's been reported they were often mistreated.June 30, 2013 Putin signs a severe anti-gay measure into Russian federal law called "For the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating a Denial of Traditional Family Values". It criminalizes "promoting" (or even discussing) LGBTQ issues with youth. Putin's rhetoric increasingly uses tropes that are anti-queer and anti-trans, in order to portray himself as the defender of "traditional values", Russian ethno-nationalism, and Orthodox Christian extremism; not as the enemy of The West, but rather the natural ally of the Western far-right against Liberals, Woke gender nonconformists, immigrants, and "Elite Globalists".
2014 Russia arms separatists in Donbas (Eastern Ukraine), illegally annexes Crimea.
July 17, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a civilian commercial flight, shot down by pro-Russian forces in Donbas, killing all 298 people on-board.
February 27, 2015 Boris Nemtsov, dissident, shot to death, hours after calling for a march to protest Russia's war in Ukraine
September 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian Civil War. Russia props up the dictator Assad. Civilian deaths. White phosphorus. Assad attacks civilians with chemical weapons under Russian protection.
2015 - 2016 Russian government intelligence attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Amongst other projects: Provide Wikileaks with embarrassing private stolen/hacked emails from officials in the Democratic Party. The emails are weaponized to anger Bernie Sanders supporters, lessen support for long-term Putin enemy Hillary Clinton, and increase support for outlier Donald Trump. Ultimately these emails and others from John Podesta were used as the foundation for Pizzagate and Qanon. Russia and Wikileak's Julian Assange tried to blame Seth Rich for the theft and implied he was murdered by agents of Hillary Clinton when he tried to sell the emails. In fact, Assange and Wikileaks received the stolen Democratic data from Russian intelligence.
March 4, 2018 Sergei Skripal, former spy, and his daughter Yulia are poisoned with Novichok in Salisbury, England. They survive but many others were potentially exposed to the poison and there was major damage done to UK-Russian relations as a result of this plan gone awry.Alexei Navalny
August 20, 2020 Alexei Navalny, dissident and major Putin critic, poisoned with Novichok. He survives after being treated in Germany but is arrested again when he returns to Russia and he remains in custody.
February 2022 Russia invades Ukraine. War crimes. Attacks on civilians.