Tag Archives: Dmitry Medvedev

Tone deaf

Journalist Oleg Kashin lay in an artificial coma after a savage beating left everything that could possible be broken, broken. President Medvedev spoke firmly of the need to punish the perpetrators, the investigative foot soldiers of the Interior Ministry were … Continue reading

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Ratings schmatings

I get the sense that you people don’t care much for ratings. Nor do I, really, except for when they hit on something true, as they often do. Take today’s release of Forbes Magazine’s Powerful People rankings. The (non) surprise … Continue reading

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One TRILLION rubles

Last week, Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perception Index. Despite President Medvedev’s long battle against corruption, Russia has slipped down the greasy pole of corruption rankings once again to finish the year at 154th out of 178. (Last year, … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Mr. Mayor

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov celebrates his 74th birthday in exile today just as Russian news reports hint — nay, state — that the Kremlin has given the mayor up to three weeks to leave voluntarily.┬áIf he does this, he’ll be … Continue reading

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Told you so

I hate to say it, but I told you so. Yesterday, I wrote a piece about the Khimki miracle for Foreign Policy, in which I reckoned that this is not the end of the story and that the forest is … Continue reading

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Who’s in charge, part 843

The Russian state statistics agency has just published some fantastic numbers. They show, once again, why things are the way they are in Russia, and the “why,” of course, has everything to do with money. Remember that poll of Russian … Continue reading

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Proof in the charred pudding

For days now, the proverbial Russian roof has been on fire. By Tuesday, there were 23,000 forest fires across Russia that have singed 650,000 hectares across the country. That’s 57,000 more burning hectares than there were on Monday. 48 people … Continue reading

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