Tag Archives: LDPR

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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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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A glass of water

If I had to visualize the results of the Dec. 4 Duma elections in Russia, I would have come up with this image: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sitting at the table with a glass of water in front of him.  … Continue reading

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The Mismatch

The ongoing parliamentary election campaign in Russia reminds me of an electric fireplace. Everything seems to be there: firewood, flames, and heat. But there is no fire. Likewise, the Duma campaign – now in its final stretch – has all … Continue reading

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The Next Stop Is Duma

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Will those who believe that the Dec. 4 Duma elections still matter please raise their hands? Well, not a big crowd. And no wonder: the announcement that Vladimir Putin is returning … Continue reading

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