Monthly Archives: February 2012

Putin and Protesters

I’m puzzled when someone begins comparing the number of people participating in pro- and anti-Putin demonstrations in Russia: to me, it’s like comparing the number of apples with the size of oranges.  I get even more puzzled when I hear … Continue reading

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Putin and Elites

When supporters of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin argue that there is “no alternative to Putin” in the upcoming presidential election, what they have in mind is not the obvious weakness of four other candidates.  The meaning of the “no alternative … Continue reading

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Putin and the Polls

The head of staff of Vladimir Putin’s presidential election campaign, Stanislav Govorukhin, gave yet another interview, where he predicted that his candidate will win in the first (March 4) round of the election with “at least 60% of the vote.”  … Continue reading

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The Dinosaur

There is a trend among Russia watchers to ridicule the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) and its eccentric leader, the dinosaur of Russian politics Vladimir Zhirinovsky.  Famous for his larger-than-life personality, skillful showmanship and occasional fistfights with fellow Duma … Continue reading

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The Campaign

The head of staff of Vladimir Putin’s presidential election campaign, Stanislav Govorukhin, gave an interview to the Izvestia daily, where he shared a few interesting details about Putin’s ongoing quest for the third presidency. First, Govorukhin criticized President Dmitry Medvedev, … Continue reading

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