Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bad Date

                                      (This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Michael McFaul, the sixth U.S. ambassador to post-Soviet Russia, arrived in Moscow on Saturday, Jan. 14.  On Monday, his first day on the job, McFaul met with Russian Foreign Minister … Continue reading

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Enemy at the door, continued

A few weeks ago, I wrote that Russia’s foreign policy wasn’t an issue during the Dec. 4 Duma election campaign; however, I predicted that it may become such in the run-up to the March 4 presidential election.  No, I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Draft

On Thursday, Russia’s leading presidential candidate, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, launched his campaign website and used it to unveil a draft of his election program. I find the draft being very strong document.  No, I don’t share the awe expressed … Continue reading

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The Candidate

“I think that for those engaged in politics, like myself,  the most important thing is not an office or a job; the most important thing is people’s trust.” Vladimir V. Putin Russia is blessed country.  It has the presidential election … Continue reading

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The president for the next four months

On Dec. 31, 1999, the ailing President of Russia Boris Yeltsin suddenly resigned and transferred the supreme power in the country to his young and energetic prime minister, Vladimir Putin.  Putin went on to win the presidential election on March … Continue reading

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