Category Archives: power vertical

War on Corruption – the Great Purge at MVD

The Russian commentariat is all abuzz today following Pres. Medvedev’s initiation of major reforms at the Interior Ministry (MVD) yesterday.  Medvedev not only halved the number of personnel at the Ministry’s head office (to 10,000), but also fired 16 officials.  … Continue reading

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Russia News Roundup

Once again my apologies for the light posting, which my work schedule has dictated. Medvedev Power – last week Pres. Medvedev named a fifth Deputy Head of the Investigative Committee. Receiving the appointment was Elena Leonenko, yet another Medvedev classmate … Continue reading

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Russia News Roundup

Power Shifts – Putin/Medvedev – required reading for the week. Nezavisimaya Gazeta asks the increasingly popular question, “who actually runs Russia?” What I like about this piece and what distinguishes it from related stories is that they look at the … Continue reading

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Reports: Konovalov In, Naryshkin Out

Some pretty major news coming out of Russia today. Nezavisimaya Gazeta is reporting that Justice Minister Aleksandr Konovalov will soon replace Sergei Naryshkin as Head of the Presidential Administration. I mentioned in my post a few days ago that Vedomosti … Continue reading

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