Category Archives: Putin

The Putin Guessing Game

It is getting to be that time of year – it has almost been exactly four years since the last time Putin, then as President, had Russia and many foreign observers on the edge of their seats waiting for any … Continue reading

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2012 Presidential Campaign Launches in Russian Style – Part II

[TRM’s second installment on recent events in Russia] Medvedev made quite a few headlines two weeks ago with a series of moves that signaled a renewed push to ‘improve the investment climate’ in Russia.  This is, of course, not a … Continue reading

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Strategic Sectors Law Update – Draft Amendments and First Meeting of 2011

Strategic Sectors Law Amendments On February 17, the Russian government submitted amendments to the Strategic Sectors law.  The only substantive change the amendments address is the ownership issue I covered here – i.e., that the law currently applies to any … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, Government of Russia, Law, legal update, legislation, moscow, oligarchs, PM Putin, Putin, reform, reserves, russia, Russian economy, strategic industries, Vladimir Putin | 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

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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

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

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

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