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Four Russias: rethinking the post-Soviet map | openDemocracy

Four Russias: rethinking the post-Soviet map | openDemocracy | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it

ussia has traditionally been conceptualised as a single entity, albeit divided into many regions, but is this approach appropriate given the country's stratified population? Natalia Zubarevich argues that for a better understanding of Russia and where it is going we need to think not geographically, but arithmetically.

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Q&A with Tina Kandelaki

Q&A with Tina Kandelaki | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
Tina Kandelaki is a Russian journalist, a TV celebrity and producer, a widely read blogger, and -- more recently -- a visible presence in Russian politics.
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Richard Sakwa: The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism, and the Medvedev Succession

Richard Sakwa: The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism, and the Medvedev Succession | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
Richard Sakwa‘s new book, The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism, and the Medvedev Succession (Cambridge University Press, 2011), comes at a moment in Russian political history when uncertainty is once again in the headlines and on the lips of experts and journalists. While Sakwa’s book is principally about how Dmitri Medvedev became Russia’s third President, The Crisis of Russian Democracy is more importantly an analysis of the institutions and dynamics that animate Russian politics today.
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“I'm certifiably nuts. But Russia made me that way”

“I'm certifiably nuts. But Russia made me that way” | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it

Investigating striking emails of Stratfor's Senior Eurasia analyst and former Director of Analysis Lauren Goodrich. Who shapes Stratfor reports and U.S. foreign policy - “the darling of a powerful man in the Kremlin” or a pathological liar?

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Collapse as Crucible: The Reforging of Russian Society

Collapse as Crucible: The Reforging of Russian Society | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it

What follows is a preliminary attempt to map the changing shape of Russian society in the last two decades, the better to understand its present condition, and its likely future trajectories. One of the fundamental enigmas this essay will seek to explain is why a society that has suffered so dramatic a series of reversals has nonetheless remained relatively stable.

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Four Russias: rethinking the post-Soviet map | openDemocracy

Four Russias: rethinking the post-Soviet map | openDemocracy | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it

ussia has traditionally been conceptualised as a single entity, albeit divided into many regions, but is this approach appropriate given the country's stratified population? Natalia Zubarevich argues that for a better understanding of Russia and where it is going we need to think not geographically, but arithmetically.

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Putin’s Regime Won’t End Without an Opposing Vision

Putin’s Regime Won’t End Without an Opposing Vision | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
Vladimir Putin’s return to the Russian presidency represents much more than a setback for the country’s protest movement. It is a major defeat.
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Return on Investment

Return on Investment | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
What will the U.S. government reap from the money it is now sowing into a fund to promote democracy in Russia?
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US business angel Esther Dyson: “Online services can reduce the costs of being honest”

US business angel Esther Dyson: “Online services can reduce the costs of being honest” | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
Among US business angels, Esther Dyson is probably the one who has invested the most to date in Russia. Her portfolio includes no fewer than 15 Russian startups as well as Yandex, the search giant which she advises as a member of its board of directors.

 

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A self-promoted candidate won municipal elections

A self-promoted candidate won municipal elections | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
For those Russians who had hoped that the March 4 presidential election would bring about a change in Russian politics, spirits were low on March 5 – but Max Katz is instead celebrating his victory.
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Why Golos’ Own Figures Support Only 3%-6% Fraud

Why Golos’ Own Figures Support Only 3%-6% Fraud | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it

Since yesterday, the following image from an article by liberal journalist Evgenya Albats has been making the rounds on the Internet. It shows that whereas Putin’s official tally was 65%, independent observers put it close to or below the 50% marker that would necessitate a second round, such as Golos’ 51% and Citizen Observer’s 45%. Predictably, these figures were seized upon by the liberals to condemn the legitimacy of the elections. As Putin ended up getting 63.6%, while the average of all observers was 50.2%, one could conclude that the level of fraud was 13% or more.

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Russian documentary captures anti-Putin pranksters in action

Russian documentary captures anti-Putin pranksters in action | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
Russia's presidential elections are likely to fuel more acts by Voina, an art/protest group captured in the new film "Zavtra."...
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How credible is the Putin assassination plot?

I am sorry – I simply don't believe it. This morning, February 27, Russian media reported that Ukrainian and Russian security services had foiled an assassination plot to kill Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shortly after the presidential election due this weekend.

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Russia’s new Interior Minister: Vladimir Kolokoltsev

Russia’s new Interior Minister: Vladimir Kolokoltsev | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
Assessment: Kolokoltsev is a career cop with a reputation for being an effective investigator (of the ‘brute force’ rather than ‘inspired’ variety — by which I mean not a propensity to use violence so much as a dogged use of protocol, time and manpower to work through a problem) and a tough manager.
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Occupy Abai - a revolution of nobodies - BUSINESS NEW EUROPE

It won’t be long before the police will evict the Occupy Abai protestors on some pretext. Yet this smallish rebellion is a social revolution. It is a lesson for the new Russian civil society on how it can act together. Street protests have been off limits to Russians since 1993. Passive until recently, a growing number of people no longer expect the government to solve their problems. There is a growing interest in social initiatives organised, supported and conducted by the ordinary people. It is a revolution of nobodies.
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The make-up of the new Russian government

The make-up of the new Russian government | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
The new organisational structure of the government will likely be announced within two to three days of the formal appointment of Medvedev as PM. Ministerial appointments, according to Vedomosti, will happen in steps in the subsequent 2 weeks, so do not expect a one-shot type of event.
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Nashi is Dead! Long Live . . . ?

Nashi is Dead! Long Live . . . ? | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
On Friday, Gazeta.ru dropped a bomb concerning the future of Nashi, the Putinphiliac youth organization. According to unnamed sources, Vasilii Yakemenko, Nashi founder and soon to be outgoing head of Rosmolodezh, met with Nashi’s four Commissars, Maria Kislitsina, Artur Omarov, Alexkasnder Gagiev, and Sergei Blintsov, and told them “the history of [Nashi] in the present form is over.” The youth organization was to be “disbanded,” with Yakemenko telling his loyal servants, “thanks for everything, you’re all free.” All current Nashi initiatives were to be shuttered, the ruble spigot plugged, the marquee clicked off, the doors bolted. Good night, y’all.
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The Death Of The Tandem: The Backstory

The Death Of The Tandem: The Backstory | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
Former Kremlin spin doctor Gleb Pavlovsky has been talking a lot lately about what really happened between Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.
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Putin picks Rosneft man for energy post

Putin picks Rosneft man for energy post | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin on Thursday made his first energy appointment since his re-election as Russian president, naming Rosneft first vice president Pavel Fedorov a deputy energy minister.
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Best of the Bric bunch - BUSINESS NEW EUROPE

Best of the Bric bunch - BUSINESS NEW EUROPE | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
Since Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs introduced the idea of the Brics in 2001, there has been an ongoing debate over which of Brazil, Russia, India and China is the best one to invest in. China's 10% GDP growth and mountain of foreign exchange reserves has mesmerised the world, but last year Brazil's star was in the ascendant amongst global emerging market investors. However, regardless of which of the Brics is currently in vogue, it's safe to say that Russia tends to be the least loved of the four.
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The way forward for Russia’s opposition | openDemocracy

The way forward for Russia’s opposition | openDemocracy | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it

The protest movement didn’t achieve its ultimate goal at Sunday’s presidential elections, but Yuri Saprykin, a prominent member of the protest movement, believes it has already achieved a lot and its best work lies ahead. Here he provides a ten point analysis of the protest movement’s situation in the wake of Putin’s return to power, and how it might move forward in the future.

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Putin Opponents Pick Up Moscow District Council Seats

Putin Opponents Pick Up Moscow District Council Seats | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
Inspired by protests against President Vladimir V. Putin, hundreds of young Muscovites ran for the first time in municipal elections. To the shock of many, dozens won.
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Russia’s Mortality From Vices On The Decline

Russia’s Mortality From Vices On The Decline | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it
Sometimes a single picture is worth a thousand words. This is one. Though Russia remains a highly dangerous country by developed country standards, it has improved immeasurably in the past decade.
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How Gogol* Explains the Post-Soviet World

How Gogol* Explains the Post-Soviet World | RussiaWatchers | Scoop.it

Twenty years ago, 15 new states emerged from the wreck of the Soviet Union, uneven shards from a broken monolith. One story turned into 15. Most Soviet watchers have been struggling to keep up ever since. How to tell these multiple stories?

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