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Boston blast: miles to go after the marathon

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Many Americans call Boston a boring city, and to a certain extent, I agree. Compared to Washington, DC or New York City, Boston lacks the patronizing self-assurance of the former or in-your-face … Continue reading

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Dead souls in Moscow

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) The news about the posthumous trial of Sergei Magnitsky, a tax auditor who died in a Moscow pre-trial detention facility in 2009, has sent a tsunami wave of excitement, almost exhilaration, through the … Continue reading

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Unknown knowns

In Risk Management, there are three major categories of risk: Known knowns: these are risks that can be identified at the outset of a project and the outcome of which can be more or less reliably predicted. Rising labor and … Continue reading

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The price tag

Last September, in Vladivostok, Russia hosted the annual meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries. This July, in Kazan, Russia hosts the Summer Universiade. Next February, the Winter Olympic Games will take place in Sochi. In 2018, the final tournament of … Continue reading

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Same-sex diplomacy

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed John Forbes Kerry, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts (1985-2013) as the 68th United States Secretary of State. Kerry became the second U.S. senator in a row—after … Continue reading

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Toughening the message

In one of my recent posts, I wrote that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had prepared a new concept of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation. President Vladimir Putin was supposed to sign the document by the end of 2012. But he … Continue reading

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The Headless Horseman

It has become conventional wisdom that the Russian opposition has no plan. So much conventional it appears that recently this claim was repeated by the star of the French cinema and newly-minted Russian citizen Gérard Depardieu, someone who can’t be … Continue reading

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