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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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Sochi-2014 Olympic mascots

So, Russia selected the mascots for the Winter Olympics that will take place in the Russian city of Sochi in 2014. Here they are: The Leopard:  The Polar Bear:  The Hare (Zayka):  The mascots drew criticisms from all over the … Continue reading

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Putin killed Kenny

“Oh my God, they killed Kenny! You bastards!!!” Apparently, the word on the Russian street has been for quite a while that “Putin wants to kill Kenny” – Kenny symbolizing democracy in Russia, of course. Specifically, the buzz was about … 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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