Tag Archives: Dmitry Medvedev

The identity crisis

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Countries, just like people, suffer from identity crises, which I would define as inability to fully comprehend their worldwide raison d’être (known, for example, in Russia as “the national idea”), their true … Continue reading

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What foreign policy do Russians want?

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Only a year ago, few people outside of Russia’s expert community heard of Mikhail Dmitriev, the president of the Center for Strategic Research, an economics and social studies think tank. Today, Dmitriev, … Continue reading

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Undivided attention

On November 16, 2009, Sergei Magnitsky, an auditor for the investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, died under suspicious, and not yet fully understood, circumstances in a Moscow prison. Reacting to this tragic event, Russia’s then president Dmitry Medvedev fired 20 senior prison … Continue reading

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Street Fires

Some 30 years ago, as a volunteer, I took part in extinguishing a forest fire in Northern Russia. Even today, I can’t call the adventure a fun. My clothes hardly fit the occasion. My only firefighting tool was a rusty … Continue reading

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Without Putin, the show goes on

(A version of the previous post updated for Russia Beyond the Headlines) Given the proliferation of modern telecommunication technologies, it would be reasonable to expect that world leaders would be less inclined to travel to remote places for live meetings … Continue reading

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No Camping

The decision by the Russian President Vladimir Putin not to attend the G8 summit at Camp David has become the first surprise of his young presidency. In a phone conversation with the summit host, U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin attributed … Continue reading

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Passing the baton

President-elect Vladimir Putin’s decision to transfer the leadership of the United Russia party to his protégé and future Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev doesn’t answer all the questions regarding Russia’s political future. Yet, it does clarify a couple of important short- … Continue reading

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