Tag Archives: Kremlin

Toughening the message

In one of my recent posts, I wrote that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had prepared a new concept of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation. President Vladimir Putin was supposed to sign the document by the end of 2012. But he … Continue reading

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The Headless Horseman

It has become conventional wisdom that the Russian opposition has no plan. So much conventional it appears that recently this claim was repeated by the star of the French cinema and newly-minted Russian citizen Gérard Depardieu, someone who can’t be … Continue reading

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However half-heartedly, Moscow welcomes Obama’s re-election

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) It’s over. The long and expensive, yet highly entertaining political show called the American presidential election campaign came to an end in the early hours of Nov. 7. By winning 50 percent … Continue reading

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What foreign policy do Russians want?

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Only a year ago, few people outside of Russia’s expert community heard of Mikhail Dmitriev, the president of the Center for Strategic Research, an economics and social studies think tank. Today, Dmitriev, … Continue reading

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Street Fires

Some 30 years ago, as a volunteer, I took part in extinguishing a forest fire in Northern Russia. Even today, I can’t call the adventure a fun. My clothes hardly fit the occasion. My only firefighting tool was a rusty … Continue reading

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Crisis management

A Kremlin-friendly political scientist Dmitry Orlov recently argued that “Russia had cured herself from the protest virus.” Had Orlov taken part in a literary competition, he could have won a prize in the category of wishful thinking. The “protest virus” … Continue reading

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A spectre of liberalism

“Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis) is the belief in liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally liberals support ideas such as constitutionalism, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, capitalism, and the free exercise of religion.” … Continue reading

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Disunited Russia?

The future of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party remains one of the major intrigues of Russia’s suddenly active political season.  To say that the party goes through difficult times would be an understatement.  In the December parliamentary elections, UR suffered … Continue reading

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Return on Investment

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) If one is to trust common wisdom and the Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, providing financial aid to foreign countries is a shameful waste of U.S. taxpayers dollars.  However, a recent … Continue reading

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The Phoenix: the rise and fall and rise of Dmitry Rogozin

On Jan. 21, 2005, something unprecedented happened in the Russian State Duma: five deputies from the Rodina faction, headed by its leader, Dmitry Rogozin, entered Rogozin’s spacious office in the Duma building – where five air-mattresses were waiting for them … Continue reading

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