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  • Visions of Economic Recovery by Russian Parties

    The debates that took place last week within the government agencies, the State Duma and parliamentary party leaderships have proved that none of them has a clear idea of how to achieve an economic recovery. Most of the parties that number themselves among the opposition, whether they are Communists or … More

    Kremlin Sending Contradictory Signals

    Last week President Dmitry Medvedev met with American foreign policy veterans including former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who champion better U.S.-Russian relations, and positively assessed the Obama Administration’s latest moves. Medvedev said resetting the U.S.-Russian relationship should not be limited to words but should extend to practical deeds. … More

    Economic Downturn Triggers Growth of Xenophobia in Russia

    Unemployment and social and economic instability sparked by the ongoing crisis have caused a socio-political fallout in Russia. The share of guest workers is traditionally high in Moscow’s employment patterns, and nowadays many of them have been laid off. The rates of street crime with their participation have spiked, according … More

    Crisis Evolution in Russia

    The past few weeks saw a certain stabilization of the ruble against the key international currencies. The Russian national currency’s de facto devaluation has brought about a dramatic nearly 40-percent drop in imports compared to the same period last year. This development helped to offset export losses and retain a … More

    Possible Effects of Clinton-Lavrov Talks

    The Geneva meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hardly attracted Russian spotlight. Moscow does not have much faith in a fast track success toward improving bilateral relations and resolving multiple thorny issues. Nevertheless, the Kremlin is viewing with hope some of the … More

    Re-invigorated U.S.-Russian Relations: Positive Prospects?

    The past week saw a significant animation in the U.S.-Russian relationship. Moscow received Under Secretary of State William Burns, National Security Council Director of Russian Affairs Michael McFall, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Patrick Moon. Presumably, the U.S.-Russian relationship agenda is multidimensional – … More

    Russia’s Self-Assertion Politics in Post-Soviet Space

    Despite a harsh economic downturn, Moscow is continuing down the road of solidifying its positions in the post-Soviet space and crowding the United States and NATO out of the regions it deems its sphere of influence. The past week saw an array of developments along this same track. Clearly under … More

    Goings-on in Kremlin and Around It

    MOSCOW – The past week’s developments gave lots of food for conjecture and speculations among Kremlinologists both within Russia and beyond. The regime – President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin – sent out an array of signals that could be interpreted as both the attempts at somewhat liberalizing … More

    Russian Crisis Acquires New Dimension

    The crisis in Russia is revealing new features proving it is quite unlike the global downturn. Last week saw numerous actions protesting a hike in import duties on foreign cars that were staged in an array of Russian provinces. The government had passed a decision to the effect to protect … More

    Bailout a la Russe: Government Establishes Tight Control Over Industries

    The Russian government is aggressively exploiting the current economic downturn to step up its grip over the economy and actually nationalize most of the lucrative industries. The past week saw new examples of this trend. President Dmitry Medvedev endorsed a new business bailout fund to provide direct financial assistance to … More