Two days ago this week, the Kremlin announced that Dmitri Medvedev will be appointing Nikolai Tsukanov to fill the soon-to-be-vacant governor’s seat in Kaliningrad. I wrote about the ousting of Georgy Boos last week, but I thought it worthwhile to translate an analysis by Oleg Kashin, a seasoned Kaliningrad politics expert and native of the region. His article was also published this Monday, though before it became public that Tsukanov had been tapped as the next governor.
Kashin’s piece states unequivocally that “no one in Kaliningrad or in Moscow disputes that the [opposition] protests were the reason for [Boos'] non-reappointment.” This is rather different from the point I argued in my own post about Boos’ departure (which emphasized the intra-elite scandals that have plagued the governor in recent weeks), but Kashin’s interviews alone — primarily with members of the local opposition — make this an excellent read.
I’m not entirely convinced that the Kremlin was in such a panic when it decided not to reappoint Boos (after all, the protests have largely died down, and key organizers like Doroshok have been successfully co-opted), but Kashin does an excellent job making the case for this interpretation, all the same. Read on for my full translation of his article: Continue reading ‘Full Translation: Oleg Kashin’s “A Translation from Prussian”’ »