Category Archives: Russian politics

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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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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How to Steal a Resort: corruption, Russian style

…How to Steal a Resort, or grand corruption on Russia’s Black Sea coast I’m glad that Navalny is not the only person fighting the all-penetrating Russian corruption. However, the more those dedicated people expose the scale of corruption that is going … Continue reading

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Ramzan Kadyrov’s dolce vita

Despite being totally evil, Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov is apparently enjoying his life. In a remarkable ass-licking gesture,  Kadyrov was the one who started that ridiculous campaign calling for abolition of all titles of Presidents for leaders of Russian republics, … Continue reading

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Navalny and Anna Chapman’s The Room-like show

What a rich day in Russia! Following Navalny’s debate with United Russia Fedorov, British The Guardian published an article about Navalny, calling him a “Russia’s chief whistleblower” and a “one-man Wikileaks”. As Navalny said on his blog, the feedback he … Continue reading

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