Monthly Archives: March 2012

Open-mike diplomacy

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) The Seoul Nuclear Security Symposium provided a set stage for the last summit between Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama.  Speaking for the media after a 90-minute … Continue reading

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S. 1039

“To impose sanctions on persons responsible for the detention, abuse, or death of Sergei Magnitsky, for the conspiracy to defraud the Russian Federation of taxes on corporate profits through fraudulent transactions and lawsuits against Hermitage, and for other gross violations … Continue reading

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Return on Investment

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) If one is to trust common wisdom and the Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, providing financial aid to foreign countries is a shameful waste of U.S. taxpayers dollars.  However, a recent … Continue reading

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The Phoenix: the rise and fall and rise of Dmitry Rogozin

On Jan. 21, 2005, something unprecedented happened in the Russian State Duma: five deputies from the Rodina faction, headed by its leader, Dmitry Rogozin, entered Rogozin’s spacious office in the Duma building – where five air-mattresses were waiting for them … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Love Thy Enemy

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Only a few month ago, a consensus among Russia watchers was that the return of Vladimir Putin to the Russian presidency will have little impact on U.S.-Russia relations. Andrew Kuchins of … Continue reading

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Tapping on the Shoulder

 “To every man there comes a time in his lifetime, that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered that special chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. … Continue reading

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A Closing Argument

Only time will tell whether Vladimir Putin’s third presidency (2012-?) will be better or worse than his first two (2000-2008).  Today, we can at least say that in the past two months, Putin has become better presidential candidate.  Take a … Continue reading

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