Tag Archives: the Kremlin

S. 1039 (and H.R. 4405)

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) I wonder how many members of the U.S. Congress have heard of Adam Montoya. In 2009, Montoya was sentenced to a prison term for counterfeiting commercial checks and credits cards. Shortly … Continue reading

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Putin and Protesters

I’m puzzled when someone begins comparing the number of people participating in pro- and anti-Putin demonstrations in Russia: to me, it’s like comparing the number of apples with the size of oranges.  I get even more puzzled when I hear … Continue reading

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Putin and Elites

When supporters of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin argue that there is “no alternative to Putin” in the upcoming presidential election, what they have in mind is not the obvious weakness of four other candidates.  The meaning of the “no alternative … Continue reading

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Bad Date

                                      (This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Michael McFaul, the sixth U.S. ambassador to post-Soviet Russia, arrived in Moscow on Saturday, Jan. 14.  On Monday, his first day on the job, McFaul met with Russian Foreign Minister … Continue reading

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A baby step in the right direction

There are different ways to treat Saturday’s massive protest action in Moscow called to challenge the results of the obviously rigged Dec. 4 Duma elections.  The members and supporters of the United Russia party accused the opposition in “splitting the … Continue reading

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