Posts Tagged ‘Putin’

  1. “Institutions of direct democracy”

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    December 1, 2016 by AK

    TASS reports on Putin’s annual address to the Russian parliament (the Duma and the Federation Council): The policy of developing the political system and institutions of direct democracy, as well as enhancing the elections’ competitiveness will be continued, the president notes. I can’t think of “institutions of direct democracy” in our time apart from referendums …
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  2. Making sense of it all when “you can’t believe a single word”

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    November 15, 2016 by AK

    According to Radio Free Europe – Radio Liberty (here’s a report from the BBC): Russia’s economic development minister [Alexei Ulyukayev] has been charged with large-scale bribe taking and placed under house arrest following his detention overnight in a case that has sent shock waves through the country’s ruling elite. It appears to be a case of trumped-up …
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  3. America’s Orange Revolution: what will Russians learn from it?

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    November 9, 2016 by AK

    I thought the Monster Vote was merely wishful thinking by escapist desperados – until it materialized. Well done, folks. Now I fear that certain people in the Kremlin, who do not believe in the possibility of government by the people will interpret Trump’s victory as the successful outcome of a “special operation.” Ridiculous as it …
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  4. Unlike Erdogan, Putin does not need to purge Russia’s submissive judiciary

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    July 17, 2016 by AK

    Erdoğan’s ongoing purge of the judiciary is unsurprising: apparently, an influential group of appellate judges was one of the few barriers left on his march to absolute power – although the magistrates’ motives may have little to do with the rule of law. During his years as an active politician, Berlusconi was hounded by the so-called …
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  5. Prisoner exchange

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    May 26, 2016 by AK

    Vedomosti, the independent business paper, ran this headline today: “Savchenko’s release became Russia’s PR* defeat.” I disagree. Doing the right thing – in the simplest sense of right as good – can’t be bad PR. Even if the world thinks you are beyond redemption. I can’t prove it, of course, but… That’s all. *The Russian word I …
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  6. “Good sense and absurdity… in such close vicinity”

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    May 1, 2016 by AK

    On the subject of Putin and Trump (see my earlier posts 1, 2, 3), Prof. Snyder also writes: As Putin understands perfectly well, the president of the United States has standing in Russia, and enjoys far superior power to the president of Russia, only insofar as he or she mobilizes the moral and political resources of …
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  7. The Kremlin’s candidate? Surely you’re joking, Mr. Crowley

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    April 30, 2016 by AK

    Why would a TV channel owned and financed by an unfriendly country support a US presidential candidate? In the case of RT, I can think of five reasons: The Kremlin thinks RT’s support can help Trump win. That’s naive or delusional or both, but still possible. Putin is trolling Americans for the fun of it. …
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  8. Prof. Snyder, Trump, Putin, and Moshe Katsav

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    April 27, 2016 by AK

    Going back to Timothy Snyder’s piece, what about the top man in the Kremlin? Last December, Putin said this about Trump (in The Guardian‘s translation): He is a very colorful and talented man, no doubt about that… He says that he wants to move to another level of relations, to a deeper level of relations with …
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  9. Prof. Snyder, Trump and Putin

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    April 27, 2016 by AK

    In his latest NYRB piece, Timothy Snyder lists a number of Russian “politicians” supportive of Trump. They turn out clowns of varying colors; none of them operators to be reckoned with. Particularly amusing is Snyder’s naming Alexander Dugin as “the leading Russian fascist ideologue and a very important media presence in Russia.”. Technically, of course, the historian is correct: Dugin …
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  10. Are the counter-sanctions working?

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    April 19, 2016 by AK

    You bet. Not quite the way there were officially supposed to, but very much the way they were predicted to work. I’m talking about the import bans that Russia imposed in August 2014 on food produced in the EU? As Putin put it, To a certain degree, the growth of prices for food is, to …
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