Here’s the Story of a Lovely Clan

In collaboration with Anatoly Karlin at Sublime Oblivion, we have created three tables listing the biggest players in the “Kremlin clans” according to Vladimir Pribylovsky’s recent book ВЛАСТЬ-2010: 60 биографий (Power in 2010: 60 biographies). (See Karlin’s comments and his original translation of the book’s introduction). The biggest update has been the replacement of Sergey Bogdanchikov by Eduard …

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Interviewed by Anatoly Karlin

Yesterday Anatoly Karlin of Sublime Oblivion interviewed me for his new series, “Watching the Russia Watchers.” Here’s an excerpt: ANATOLY KARLIN: As I understand, you are not the biggest fan of the Russian liberal opposition. You believe their leaders kowtow to the West and couldn’t care less about the everyday concerns of ordinary Russians. But …

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On "Minor & Non-Critical" Issues: Oleg Kozlovsky vs. Gay Rights

FADE-IN. EXTERIOR PUBLIC PARK, IN THE BACKGROUND IS A LARGE HISTORICAL STATUE & A CONSTANT STREAM OF PASSERSBY WIDE SHOT – A GROUP OF PROTESTERS IS GATHERED BY THE STATUE WIDE SHOT TO CLOSE-UP – A COUNTER-PROTESTER IN A NASHI T-SHIT APPROACHES FROM STAGE RIGHT, MEGAPHONE IN HAND, AND ADDRESSES THE CROWD NASHI ACTIVIST You …

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The Victory Day Commentary

It’s been more than a week now since Russia celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany. I caught a little bit of the parade and the fireworks on Россия 24, and it was basically what you’d expect: a bunch of happy people standing around outside, watching things proudly march by …

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