Category Archives: crisis

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

Meme Watch: USA 2009 as Russia 1998

There are times when an idea, in any form of expression, seems to grasp the overall sense of the moment, and crystallizes it in some form. I think these ideas are even more powerful when they are apparently unconnected to … Continue reading

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Russia’s Economic Crisis – Gontmakher’s Specter Descends on Ohio

I wanted to write my second post about the krizis, this time comparing the long-term, structural problems facing Russia and the U.S. But the Russkii krizis-watch in our media has hit such a feverish pitch, I couldn’t avoid the subject, … Continue reading

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Business as Usual or the Calm Before the Storm?

This week, as President Medvedev and PM Putin settle into their new offices and a new government is formed, the end of Operation Successor has begun. Commentators have already begun to feverishly read the tea leaves, including ominous predictions from … Continue reading

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Business as Usual or the Calm Before the Storm?

This week, as President Medvedev and PM Putin settle into their new offices and a new government is formed, the end of Operation Successor has begun. Commentators have already begun to feverishly read the tea leaves, including ominous predictions from … Continue reading

Posted in crisis, PM Putin, President Medvedev