Tagged: Democracy

Rodina Barred from Moscow Duma elections

Rodina Barred from Moscow Duma elections

The Moscow Times reports that Rodina, the nationalist (but not quite as ‘nationalist’ as Zhirinovsky’s mob) party have been barred from participating in the upcoming Moscow Duma election, amid claims that they are gaining...

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 from the inside

Closed cities from the inside

Last week I wrote about the disgraceful number of closed cities in Russia, another of those leftovers from an anarchic age that Russia remains addicted to, despite (or perhaps because of) the restrictions it...

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,...

Russia demands OSCE reforms

Russia demands OSCE reforms

OSCE delegates are considering a raft of Russian proposals to make the organisation ‘more effective.’  Russia effectively held a gun to the OSCE’s head a year ago, when it threatened to withold it’s budget...

Putin interview – says ‘No. I won’t run for President in 2008’

Putin interview – says ‘No. I won’t run for President in 2008’

Sitting in Glasgow airport’s Burger King (everything else was closed!) yesterday, this Times interview with President Putin caught my eye.  Actually, it’s not a transcript of an interview, more a number of quick quotes...

Russia to stop supplying cheap oil and gas to CIS

Russia to stop supplying cheap oil and gas to CIS

According to this Moscow Times report, the Russian government has decided that it should no longer supply gas and oil to Former Soviet states at a discounted rate. "As market reforms proceed in our...

More on Khodorkovsky “will he won’t he?”

More on Khodorkovsky “will he won’t he?”

Lyndon has been writing more about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and the speculation over whether he will – indeed, whether he can – run for a seat on the State Duma.  Lyndon’s opinion is that he...