Category Archives: Medvedev

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

2010 – Russia’s Wasted Year for Foreign Direct Investment

Marx once said that history repeats itself once as farce, and twice as tragedy.  I am not sure what level we are at now, but I have been feeling a strange sense of deja vu reading the news out of … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, Medvedev, PM Putin, Potanin | 1 Comment

The Terminator Takes Moskva

So Arnie is in Moscow today.  He tweeted his arrival and received a response from Pres. Medvedev faster than a 12-year-old girl responds to a Justin Bieber status update on FB.  The Gubernator later popped up on the infamous Moscow … Continue reading

Posted in Dmitry Medvedev, Medvedev, President Medvedev, Putin, terminator, Vladimir Putin, weird | 6 Comments

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

Behold! The New Russian Smartphone

Medvedev: “I can’t even tell where to press.” Chemezov: “It is still a prototype.” Medvedev: “But this is entirely our product, which will be produced in our factories?” Chemezov: “For now, unfortunately, we will only be able to make it … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Business and Economy, Chemezov, Dmitry Medvedev, Economic development, economics, Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, goskorporatsii, krysha, Medvedev, President Medvedev, Rostekhnologii, russia, Russian economy, siloviki, state corporations | 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

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