Monthly Archives: November 2008

Съезд Победителей (The Congress Of The Victors)

The Russian media has long dubbed Congresses of the ruling United Russia party "Съезды Победителей" ("The Congresses of the Victors") — in a not so subtle allusion to the 17th Congress (1934) of the Communist Party.  Although comparing Stalin's VKP(b) to Putin's UR might … Continue reading

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U-Turn

There are two major schools of thought in Washington with regards to U.S.-Russia relations.  The first maintains that the principal impediment to productive U.S.-Russia cooperation is a "value gap" manifested as disagreements between the two countries on the issues of human rights, the rule of law, and … Continue reading

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Medvedev’s Political Reforms: A Missed Opportunity?

(A slightly different version of this post was published on Russia Profile) Political reforms introduced by then-President Putin in the aftermath of the Beslan tragedy, in September 2004, have made Russia’s democratic institutions more dependent on the Kremlin, more hospitable to the … Continue reading

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Medvedev’s Political Reforms: A Missed Opportunity?

(A slightly different version of this post was published on Russia Profile) Political reforms introduced by then-President Putin in the aftermath of the Beslan tragedy, in September 2004, have made Russia’s democratic institutions more dependent on the Kremlin, more hospitable to the … Continue reading

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The State Of Withdrawal

The cover of the November/December 2008 issue of "Foreign Affairs" catches one's eye with a headline: "Checking Russia."  The burden of checking on Russia (and figuring out how to keep it in check) fell on the shoulders of Georgetown University's Charles … Continue reading

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The State Of Withdrawal

The cover of the November/December 2008 issue of "Foreign Affairs" catches one's eye with a headline: "Checking Russia."  The burden of checking on Russia (and figuring out how to keep it in check) fell on the shoulders of Georgetown University's Charles … Continue reading

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Halloween 2008

Last year, my wife and I bought a new house.  Having moved into a new neighborhood, for the second year in a row, we truly enjoy arguably the best part of Halloween: trick-or-treating. Our previous house stood on a busy street where only a few parents … Continue reading

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