Monthly Archives: January 2007

Yabloko: a fish rotting from the head-2

In my recent post, I suggested that Yabloko may not be serious at all about participating in the March 11 marathon of regional elections.  A fresh evidence came from Pskov, where Yabloko had called off its already submitted party list, … Continue reading

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The “Evil Empire” on Sale

As pointed out by Dr. Vlad Sobell (DAIWA Institute of Research, London), the world leading expert on post-Communist transition in Eastern Europe and Russia, once vibrant Western liberal ideology is showing troubling signs of transformation into a rigid, dysfunctional orthodoxy.  … Continue reading

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Yabloko: a fish rotting from the head

In St. Petersburg, the Yabloko party has suffered a blow in the March 11 City Hall election even before going to the polls: the city election commission has refused to register the list of the party candidates.

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Is United Russia nervous?

The United Russia party continues its assault on electoral process.  Its new targets are the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) and its Chairman, Alexander Veshnyakov. According to the current rules, fifteen members of the CEC, which term expires on March 26, … Continue reading

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“Sovereign democracy”: is it United Russia’s ideology?

Criticizing United Russia for having no ideology is the favorite pastime of its opponents and the media alike.  Mindful of this criticism, United Russia has been trying, for the past couple of years, to buttress its ideological credentials by adopting … Continue reading

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What did Putin actually say about Anna Politkovskaya’s murder

Little about President Putin has been scrutinized more than his remarks on the tragic murder of Anna Politkovskaya.  Interpretations vary and seem to reflect more what one thinks about Putin than what Putin has really said.  London Review of Books … Continue reading

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The House of Cards George is Trying to Rebuild

Bush’s new plan on Iraq has a number of holes in it. We’re told that in the past, American troops would enter a dangerous neighborhood, sweep it clean, but then leave prematurely, allowing “bad guys” to return. (The using the … Continue reading

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