Tag Archives: United Russia

Toughening the message

In one of my recent posts, I wrote that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had prepared a new concept of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation. President Vladimir Putin was supposed to sign the document by the end of 2012. But he … Continue reading

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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 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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Arrested Development

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) During his recent news conference, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was widely expected to announce that he had decided to run for a second term.  Medvedev, however, defied the expectations and restricted himself to his … Continue reading

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