Category Archives: siloviki

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

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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

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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Hermitage Capital Video on Russian Corruption

I normally don’t cover the Hermitage case – it’s reported on widely in the mainstream press and at the Robert Amsterdam blog. But yesterday Hermitage released a video on YouTube detailing the long and ongoing battle between them and Russian … Continue reading

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War on Corruption – Chaika Reports, Bastrykin Interrogated, Powers Sought, Personnel Changed

[Note: for new readers, the ‘war on corruption’ here refers to a program that performs two roles – (i) reducing the overall level and pervasiveness of corruption in Russia; and (ii) providing a platform through which Pres. Medvedev can build … Continue reading

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