Category Russia

Murder as addiction

For a long time I could not wrap my mind around the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. Later I had trouble believing that Sergei Skripal had been poisoned by the Kremlin, until the evidence became incontrovertible. I could not explain to…

From individualism to groupthink

Putin appointed Andrei Illarionov as his senior economic adviser in April 2000. Illarionov remained in that position until late December, 2005. Those were good years for the Russian economy. Simply put, it was growing, and would keep growing until 2007.…

Navalny’s return II

They sent provocateurs to the Vnukovo airport where Navalny supporters had gathered to meet and greet him back home. They diverted the plane to another airport, Sheremetyevo. They detained Navalny there – even before he had crossed the line from…

Navalny’s return

Alexei Navalny plans to return to Moscow tonight on a Pobeda flight. The Kremlin – the same bunch who ordered him killed in August 2020 – is likely to arrest him on whatever charges their lackeys are capable of trumping…

Free speech under Yeltsin: Black October

It’s good to know that Russia’s number one opposition leader supports an expansive understanding of free speech. Navalny may be wrong on Trump versus Twitter but it’s far more important – in the Russian context – that he get the…

Navalny on the Trump Twitter ban

Anne Applebaum has quoted Alexey Navalny‘s recent Tweet, in which the Russian opposition leader criticized Donald Trump’s expulsion from Twitter. Here’s a concatenation of some points Navalny made that I feel are not without some merit: Don’t tell me he…

Bolívar and Miranda

It’s been more than ten years since Hugo Chávez’s last visit to Moscow. He spent some of his time being driven around the Russian capital in a red Lada Priora and helped unveil the foundation stone for an equestrian statue…

“An old, proven method”

Do I hate him? Do I hate the dictator in the Kremlin (or in a bunker)? Of course I do. But it’s both an over- and understatement. The dictator is a pathetic little man, old and infirm; a small-minded man…

Afraid, as he should be

Meduza reported from Moscow yesterday: On Monday, December 23, Moscow’s Tverskoy Court sentenced municipal deputy Yulia Galyamina to two years probation. Galyamina was found guilty of repeatedly violating the rules for conducting rallies and pickets… State prosecutors were seeking a…

“I called my killer and he confessed”

If you’re following Russian politics, you must know it already: I Called My Killer and He Confessed. You can read the transcript and watch the full video on the Guardian‘s site as well as on Bellingcat‘s, where you can also…