Tag Archives: President Obama

Was the Magnitsky Act Inevitable?

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) In the closing days of the year, all the attention has suddenly turned on Russian parliamentarians: ignoring the distractions of the looming holiday break, they produced a “symmetric” response to the Magnitsky … Continue reading

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However half-heartedly, Moscow welcomes Obama’s re-election

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) It’s over. The long and expensive, yet highly entertaining political show called the American presidential election campaign came to an end in the early hours of Nov. 7. By winning 50 percent … Continue reading

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Conveying the message

They say that words account for only 7% of the message you convey. The remaining 93% is non-verbal, being transmitted through the tone of your voice and your body language. I wonder what would have happened if yesterday, during the … Continue reading

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Obama or Romney: Who would Russians choose?

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) It’s safe to say that Russians are fed up with presidential elections. Having gone through a high-profile presidential election campaign at the beginning of the year – a campaign accompanied by heated and often … Continue reading

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Jackson-Vanik Forever?

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) On Aug. 22, Russia will officially become the 156th member of the World Trade Organization, finally concluding its bumpy, 18-year-long journey to membership in the world’s largest trade body. By accepting the WTO … Continue reading

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Will the Magnitsky bill “replace” the Jackson-Vanik amendment?

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) A piece of legislation is moving through the U.S. Congress. If adopted, it’s likely to further damage U.S.-Russia relations and, as some analysts predict, may even serve as the fatal blow … 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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