Category Archives: Russia

State tenders and Navalny’s crusades

Another repost of something I’ve done for work (hence the less frank tone of the post, although I added some notes in italics in parentheses). On March 5, the Ministry of Economic Development published the conceptual framework of the draft … Continue reading

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Kremlinology vs. sociology of elites

Today I attended another Kennan Institute event: Reassessing Russia’s Decision Making Community: Intra-elite Conflicts, Political and Business Networks, and Ideological Constructions, with Marlene Laruelle, Senior Research Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Studies Program, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, … Continue reading

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“Khodorkovsky. Pipes/Corpses”: preparations for third YUKOS trial begin?

A curious film surfaced on the Internet recently. It is called Khodorkovsky. Pipes/Corpses (it’s a mediocre wordplay: in Russian, the word “pipes” (truby) and the word “corpses” (trupy) only differ by one letter) and it was made by a journalist Andrey … Continue reading

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10 Most Innovative Companies in Russia

Randomly saw a list of the 10 “most innovative” companies in Russia on Fast Company website. Here are the winners: Yandex, Internet search company; Kaspersky Lab, most known for its Internet antivirus program; ABBYY, maker of text recognition and linguistics … Continue reading

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Murder of Russian journalists

A while ago, on February 28th, I attended Kennan Institute event, Killed Without Consequence: Why the Murder of Russian Journalists Matters Beyond Russia, with Nina Ognianova, Program Coordinator, Europe and Central Asia, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The talk was … Continue reading

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Dress code for women in Chechnya

Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday released a 40-page report called You Dress According to Their Rules: Enforcement of an Islamic Dress Code for Women in Chechnya. (Full PDF version of the report can be downloaded here.) It’s about time for such a report. … Continue reading

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Civilian casualties in the North Caucasus

Via Vladimir Milov: Number of civilian casualties (non-combatant deaths) per 100,000 people in 2010: Iraq, Ingushetia, Afghanistan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Dagestan, and Russia’s North Caucasus as a whole So, Ingushetia (part of Russia’s North Caucasus Federal District) nears Iraq in number of civilian … Continue reading

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