Monthly Archives: December 2011

The crisis of trust

Many political crises begin as a crisis of trust: as a lack of trust between partners in a coalition, between ruling party and the opposition, or between authorities and constituents.  Although it’s yet premature to call recent events in Russia … Continue reading

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Missing the mark

It happens with political speeches: all right stuff is there, properly arranged, and the speech is well written and presented.  And yet, it misses the mark.  Sometimes, this is because the audience was wrong; sometimes, because the timing was off. … Continue reading

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The price of one percent

Almost everyone now seems to agree that the results of the December Duma elections in Russia have been tainted.  Even Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, admitted that 0.5% of the vote was falsified.  He didn’t unfortunately elaborate … Continue reading

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Enemy at the door?

                                   (This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) In an attempt to sugarcoat the poor performance of the United Russia party in the Dec. 4 Duma elections, its supporters argue that the party’s results conform to “European standards.”  … Continue reading

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A baby step in the right direction

There are different ways to treat Saturday’s massive protest action in Moscow called to challenge the results of the obviously rigged Dec. 4 Duma elections.  The members and supporters of the United Russia party accused the opposition in “splitting the … Continue reading

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A glass of water

If I had to visualize the results of the Dec. 4 Duma elections in Russia, I would have come up with this image: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sitting at the table with a glass of water in front of him.  … Continue reading

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The matter of trust

We don’t expect our politicians to explain to us everything, do we?  First of all, despite popular belief to the contrary, governing is a rather complicated trade which often can’t be outlined to a layman in a set of easily … Continue reading

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