Category Archives: PM Putin

Did the Kremlin Violate Russian Procurement Law? Medvedev and Putin Rock Out

Oh Dima, what were you thinking.  Last Friday, Pres. Medvedev and PM Putin engaged in a silly photo op, likely dreamed up by some Kremlin ‘political technologist’ (Surkov!).  The goal: show an intact tandem after a politically turbulent week that … Continue reading

Posted in corruption, Dmitry Medvedev, federal laws, Law, Medvedev, PM Putin, President Medvedev, procurement, Putin, rule of law, russia, tandemocracy, war on corruption | 2 Comments

Medvedev Fires Luzhkov, Turns Corner in His Presidency

People will look back on this day as a major turning point in Medvedev’s presidency.  As I wrote back in May, “Simply put, guys like [Luzhkov] need to go, or Medvedev will run the risk of looking weak and naive.”  … Continue reading

Posted in luzhkov, PM Putin, power vertical, President Medvedev, tandemocracy, war on corruption | 5 Comments

Strategic Sectors Law Update – Latest Approvals and Exclusive Draft Amendments

Last week the Commission on Foreign Investment met for the third time this year and approved seven major deals.  At the meeting, PM Putin noted that “foreign investment in our national economy was $21 billion in the first six months … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, legal update, legislation, PM Putin, Putin, russia, strategic industries

Putin’s Wacky Weekend – August Arrives Early

Russophobes, Kremlinologists, and conspiracy theorists, start your engines.  PM Putin was out in full force this weekend, engaging in photo ops and crafting colorful quotes as VVP is apt to do.  Thus, it is only a matter of time – … Continue reading

Posted in august, Dmitry Medvedev, Espionage, PM Putin, Putin, tricked out bikes, Vladimir Putin | 6 Comments

Strategic Sectors Law Update – Commission Meets for Second Time in 2010

Today, PM Putin and the rest of the Governmental Commission on Foreign Investment in Strategic Sectors met for the second time this year, the first being in February. According to a press release from the government, the Commission considered six … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, PM Putin, strategic industries

The Putvedev Tandem: Duel or Synergy?

Following up on yesterday’s post regarding the equalization of Medvedev and Putin’s popularity, I decided I would seize upon some developments today which I think illustrate a common theme of “tandemocracy” (тандемократия) in Russia.  There are a few common memes … Continue reading

Posted in Medvedev, PM Putin, President Medvedev, Putin, Putin's Plan, tandemocracy

Strategic Sectors Law Update – First Commission Meeting of 2010

I wrote last month about how this year Russia needs to get serious about its desire to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI), and that the upcoming amendments to the Strategic Sectors Law would be an early test of that … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, PM Putin, President Medvedev, strategic industries