Category Archives: elections

2012 Presidential Campaign Launches in Russian Style – Part I

A number of recent events in Russia show that the 2012 Russian presidential election campaign is in full swing.  In keeping with true Russian style, this campaign is aimed not at a mass Russian audience, but rather the political/economic elites involved … Continue reading

Posted in Bastrykin, Chaika, clans, criminal law, Dmitry Medvedev, elections, konovalov, Kremlinology, Medvedev, PM Putin, politicians, power vertical, President Medvedev, prosecutor general, siloviki, vinnichenko, Vladimir Putin, Zubkov | 2 Comments

What’s Wrong with Russia? – Intro

A lot of ink is spilled over this question in Western – especially American and British – media outlets and think tanks.  The meme is so pervasive that it is nearly impossible to discuss Russia without at least one reference … Continue reading

Posted in Business and Economy, Cold War, crisis, democracy, Economic development, economics, elections, foreign investment, media, oil, rankings, reform, rule of law, russia, Russian economy | 3 Comments

A Democratic Softening on the Eve of Clinton/Lavrov Meeting?

 As Secretary of State Clinton prepares to sit down with Foreign Minister Lavrov tomorrow in Geneva, hopefully someone on her staff will point out two largely unnoticed pieces of legislation introduced by Pres. Medvedev last week.   The legislation reforms … Continue reading

Posted in elections, legislation, rule of law, u.s.-russia relations

The Candidates On Russia

Update: not really an update, but over at The National Interest, William Hill makes the argument that the U.S. response to Russia’s conflict with Georgia has been counterproductive, and makes some recommendations on how we should structure relations with Russia. … Continue reading

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The Candidates On Russia

Update: not really an update, but over at The National Interest, William Hill makes the argument that the U.S. response to Russia’s conflict with Georgia has been counterproductive, and makes some recommendations on how we should structure relations with Russia. … Continue reading

Posted in debate, elections, McCain, Obama | 2 Comments