Tagged: Domestic Politics

Russian cabinet resigns to make way for new PM

Russian cabinet resigns to make way for new PM

The entire Russian cabinet, including its Prime Minister has just resigned. A new PM hasn’t been chosen yet, but I’d be surprised if the announcement of Putin’s designated ‘heir’ isn’t imminent. Especially when Putin gives quotes...

Fractures within the Russian opposition?

Fractures within the Russian opposition?

In a must read article, Global Voices reports on some of the fractures in the broad Russian opposition. Maria Gaidar was prevented from addressing the crowd by, allegedly, Eduard Limonov, leader of the National...

Russian opposition to pick unified Presidential candidate

Russian opposition to pick unified Presidential candidate

A couple of stories have come out this week, saying that The Other Russia, an umbrella group of opposition parties, are meeting soon to pick a unified Presidential candidate to oppose any Kremlin-backed candidate...

Gaidar poisoned by enemies of Russia

In a report that will surprise many, former Russian Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar has concluded that he was poisoned by enemies of Russia: Most likely […] some obvious or hidden adversaries of the Russian...

Communist leader Zyuganov to run for President

Communist leader Zyuganov to run for President

Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov has all but declared his intention to run for the Presidency in 2008. The Moscow Times reports a speech he gave on Monday: “The party elected me leader, and...

Closed cities and the Democratic Deficit

Closed cities and the Democratic Deficit

If you thought that the demise of the Soviet Union meant the demise of closed, or secret cities, then you’d be wrong. Today, it is thought that there are up to forty closed cities...

Putin once again muddies waters on his future

Putin once again muddies waters on his future

Vladimir Putin once again managed to throw Kremlin watchers into a tizz, by giving another cryptic answer to the question of what he intends to do in 2008 when his second term as President...

Khodorkovsky roundup

Khodorkovsky roundup

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Yukos boss and now full-time jailbird, has been pretty busy over the past couple of weeks.  Yesterday saw the beginning of an appeal against his conviction for tax fraud and,...

Khodorkovsky to stand for election?

Khodorkovsky to stand for election?

Jailed Yukos boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky has announced that he is considering standing for election to the State Duma in an upcoming by-election. "I  am absolutely confident that they will not allow me to run....

Yeltsin’s political comeback

Yeltsin’s political comeback

CXW posts some amusing speculation about who might become Russia’s next President at registan.net and comes up with a surprising candidate – Boris Yeltsin. WTF?  Well, quoting Sergei Markov in RIA Novosti: "Oligarchs, who...