Tag Archives: stability

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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The matter of terminology

My previous post was blessed with a number of thoughtful comments made by folks whose opinions I deeply respect.  Our discussion revolved around the meaning of “stability” in Russia.  I insisted that the current emphasis on “stability” as a political … 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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