Tagged: Domestic Politics

Russia’s falling population

Russia’s falling population

Check out A Fistful of Euros for a huge (and I mean HUGE) and in depth discussion of Russia’s demographics, particularly it’s rapidly decreasing population.  A wide-ranging discussion, it covers scientific theories (complete with...

2008 Presidential election – an opening salvo?

2008 Presidential election – an opening salvo?

Former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is the subject of a criminal investigation over an illegal property purchase.  Kasyanov, who was Prime Minister through almost all of Putin’s first term, has been strongly critical...

Putin’s State of the Nation address

Putin’s State of the Nation address

President Vladimir Putin presented his annual State of the Nation address yesterday( transcript here).  The content of the address has been somewhat obscured by the rather inflammatory ‘money’ quote: "Above all, we should acknowledge...

Low morale in the Russian military

Low morale in the Russian military

Pavel Felgenhauer’s always excellent defense column in the Moscow Times notes that the army is dissatisfied with Russia’s government: Last week, newspapers discussed the results of secret opinion polls made by the Defense Ministry...

Siberian Super-Region

Siberian Super-Region

Residents of three Siberian regions voted overwhelmingly this weekend to merge into one super-region. The new region, made up of Krasnoyarsk, Evenki and Taimyr, will be six times the population of Germany, but with...

Former FSB General killed

Former FSB General killed

Anatoly Trofimov, a former Colonel-General who headed the FSB’s Moscow region during the Yeltsin presidency, was assassinated on Sunday. His wife died in hospital today of her injuries.  The most widely circulated motivation for...

Communist Party joins 21st Century

Communist Party joins 21st Century

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation is to use text messaging (SMS) to reach out to young people in Russia. At a party plenary meeting outside Moscow that focused on propaganda – a...

Kasparov swaps chess for politics

Kasparov swaps chess for politics

Garry Kasparov, probably the greatest chess player in the history of the game, has announced his retirement from professional competition.  He now plans to focus his considerable energies on Russian politics through his involvement...

Today even Communists wear orange

Today even Communists wear orange

Lyndon at Scraps of Moscow reflects on the role of the Communist Party in Russia today.  It has been the organising force behind many of the recent anti-Putin protests that have swept across the...

Russian anti-semitism gone mad

Russian anti-semitism gone mad

Note (26/1/05): Two corrections have been made in italics to this post in response to Alexei’s comments below. 19 MPs – including members of the pro-Putin opposition (oops) Rodina party –  and 500 academics...