Tagged: Democracy

Does Ukraine hold the key to Russia’s future?

Does Ukraine hold the key to Russia’s future?

The MIT World Policy Journal is celebrating its 25th anniversary by making access to its Fall 2008 journal for free until the end of November. The 25th anniversary issue looks ahead to the next...

Almost half of Russians think election will be fixed

Almost half of Russians think election will be fixed

Almost half of Russian voters think that this year’s parliamentary elections will be marred by fraud, and will not reflect the will of the people, is the key finding of a suvey by the...

Regional elections – guess who won?

Well, the preliminary results are in from the Regional elections that took place across Russia last weekend. It probably won’t surprise you to hear that pro-Putin party United Russia came first in 13 of...

Is Democracy the answer to Russia’s problems?

Is Democracy the answer to Russia’s problems?

Ruminations on Russia has taken La Russophobe’s recent interview, and run with it, in “an attempt to lift the La Russophobe debate out of the mire.”  And he’s picked a pretty controversial topic –...

Demonstrations in Moscow

Demonstrations in Moscow

This weekend saw three major demonstrations in Moscow. An anti-Putin dissenters march, which drew about 2,000 demonstrators, including Garry Kasparov.  The were outnumbered four to one by 8,000 police, who earned their money by...

Two post-Soviet elections

It’s been a busy weekend for post-Soviet election watchers with not one, but two elections taking place – a referendum on a new constitution in Nagorno-Karabakh, and a Presidential election in Transdniester. Nagorno Karabah...

Ukraine, two years on

The quite excellent Europhobia has also had a re-launch of sorts in the past few weeks. He’s shifted his focus back to broader European issues, resulting in posts like this second-and-a-bit anniversary of the...

Chechen elections

Chechen elections

I’ve held back from commenting on yesterday’s Chechen parliamentary elections, mainly because I’m pretty sure they’ll be… how can I put this?… unrepresentative. For anyone who hasn’t already worked out the lie of the...