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Russias Opposition Gets Its Act Together Electronically for Now
24 October 2012
Many years from now, if the Russian opposition movement ever manages to budge President Vladimir Putin from power, it will take a scrupulous historian to trace all the groups that have claimed to be its leader. Only 10 months have passed since the movement was born, in December 2011, when the mass street protests against Putins rule began. But there have already been at least a dozen revolutionary councils playing the role of its vanguard. The most legitimate one to date was formed on Monday, Oct. 22, after about 90,000 Russians voted to elect a set of leaders for the movement. Before that, all of these groups were self-proclaimed, and all of them dissolved in their infancy.
Russia's sovereign services for a price?
29 June 2012
The nervous reaction of Russian regime to the Magnitsky List reaffirms the imperative for its implementation at the earliest opportunity. In fact, we are now witnessing attempts by reactionaries to convert the state prerogatives of Russian sovereignty into a particular type of diplomatic immunity that would provide an effective cover allowing the most nefarious outlaws, corrupt officials and thieves to carry on perpetrating their crimes with impunity.
Vladimir the Unstable
7 May 2012
Putin, with his diving for ancient urns and shooting tigers for the public's adoring gaze, seems bent on comic, sinister ossification, perhaps à la Qaddafi.
Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission
7 December 2011
This Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions is the result of a common endeavour involving the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
Once and future President
25 September 2011
The more Russian politics tries to imitate the democratic version, the more regrettably it seems to stay the same. Thus we had the spectacle of an annual party conference that of the governing United Russia party nominating the Prime Minister and former President, Vladimir Putin, to be the party's candidate for President next time around. The proposal was made by the current President, Dmitry Medvedev, in what amounted to a declaration that he will not seek re-election.
Billionaire Condemns Party He Led as a Kremlin Puppet
15 September 2011
It has been a long time since a Russian billionaire attacked the political system. In the past, it has not ended well.
She is Number 3!
25 August 2011
After a shady city council election, St. Petersburg's deeply unpopular governor appears poised to become the third-most powerful politician in Russia. How on earth did this happen?
Yandex: Companies in Russia can become objects of political persecution
12 May 2011
The most popular Internet search engine in Russia, cautioned potential investors about the possibility of a takeover by oligarchs and potential negative influence by the state in its prospectus for an upcoming initial public offering on NASDAQ. Yandex declined to comment on who among Russian billionaires could pose a potential threat to the company.
Dmitry Medvedev to decide on re-election soon
12 April 2011
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said he will soon decide whether to seek re-election in March 2012 and portrayed himself as the agent of change for the country.
Russia needs fair elections: Alexei Kudrin
18 February 2011
Russia must hold fair elections to ensure that sweeping reforms are undertaken to avert political and economic stagnation, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin told at an economic forum in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. So, in fact he admitted that all previous elections in Russia were unfair.
Operation "White Storm". What happened on Manege Square on December, 11?
24 December 2010
Large protests and ethnic unrests took place all over the country and especially in Moscow in December, 2010. What caused these events? For what purposes were they organized?
Modernization and Political System of Russia
2 November 2010
What obstacles are now on the way of modernization of the present political system of Russia? Is such an aim really defined by the President Medvedev? And is it possible to modernize the system in principle?
What would happen if Steve Jobs was interviewed not in San Mateo but in Moscow?
28 September 2010
Recently Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs was interviewed during the investigation of the case involving the iPhone 4 prototype. In many states of the world questioning of a businessman by police means nothing more than just a questioning. However, in some countries any contact of a businessman with representatives of law-enforcement agencies often means much more and can lead to unexpected consequences.
Russia Needs All-Volunteer Armed Force
10 June 2010
There are a lot of people who want to defend the country. May be it would be reasonable to pay them for that and even make that their profession since they like it? Also there are many people who keep themselves busy and they dont like when military commissars impertinently interfere in their lives. For what reason must they do something for free for the government which earns hundreds of billions of dollars from raw materials export every year?
About So-Called Experts as Representatives of the Intellectual Elite of Russia
12 April 2010
There are many self-appointed experts and professionals who appeared in Russia during the current decade. These people like discussing social-economic and political problems with a knowledgeable air.
Short Review of the Opposition in Russia
15 February 2010
Short review of the present public policy in Russia will allow us to allocate the following representations about political structures which can be considered as an opposition.
Opposition in Russia: not the Ghost of a Chance
15 January 2010
The general situation in Russia looks extremely favorable for oppositional activity because of the financial crisis. But why do the Russian people distrust the current opposition?
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