Tag Archives: Kremlin

Disunited Russia?

The future of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party remains one of the major intrigues of Russia’s suddenly active political season.  To say that the party goes through difficult times would be an understatement.  In the December parliamentary elections, UR suffered … 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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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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The crisis of trust

Many political crises begin as a crisis of trust: as a lack of trust between partners in a coalition, between ruling party and the opposition, or between authorities and constituents.  Although it’s yet premature to call recent events in Russia … Continue reading

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Missing the mark

It happens with political speeches: all right stuff is there, properly arranged, and the speech is well written and presented.  And yet, it misses the mark.  Sometimes, this is because the audience was wrong; sometimes, because the timing was off. … Continue reading

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