Tag Archives: Vladimir Putin

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 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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What foreign policy do Russians want?

(This piece originally appeared on Russia Beyond the Headlines) Only a year ago, few people outside of Russia’s expert community heard of Mikhail Dmitriev, the president of the Center for Strategic Research, an economics and social studies think tank. Today, Dmitriev, … 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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Business to the (late) rescue?

Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee approved the so-called Magnitsky Bill (H.R. 4405), a piece of legislation that would impose visa bans and asset freezes on Russian officials involved in “gross human rights violations in Russia.” … Continue reading

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Street Fires

Some 30 years ago, as a volunteer, I took part in extinguishing a forest fire in Northern Russia. Even today, I can’t call the adventure a fun. My clothes hardly fit the occasion. My only firefighting tool was a rusty … 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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