Category Archives: rule of law

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

Developing Kremlin Corruption Scandal – Olympics of Bribery

I have been sitting on this story for a while, waiting to see if anything actually happens and now it appears that it will amount to something – so here goes.  A few months ago, Russian construction entrepreneur and minigarch … Continue reading

Posted in anti-corruption legislation, bribes, bureaucracy, corruption, criminal law, daimler, Dmitry Medvedev, Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, Medvedev, officials, oligarchs, prosecutor general, Putin, rule of law, russia, war on corruption | 9 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

Starbucks Opening in Russia!

(Via The Moscow Times)The first Starbucks cafe will open in the Mega mall outside Moscow next month, according to The Moscow Times. The opening was delayed by a two year court battle over the company’s trademark. Starbucks first registered its … Continue reading

Posted in coffee, intellectual property, rule of law, russia, Starbucks, trademark

Starbucks Opening in Russia!

(Via The Moscow Times)The first Starbucks cafe will open in the Mega mall outside Moscow next month, according to The Moscow Times. The opening was delayed by a two year court battle over the company’s trademark. Starbucks first registered its … Continue reading

Posted in coffee, intellectual property, rule of law, russia, Starbucks, trademark | 2 Comments