Tough Choices Facing the Russian Opposition

The following is a short article co-written with Wesleyan University’s Professor Peter Rutland, who blogs about nationalism at NationalismWatch. It was drafted in early March, immediately after the 2012 Russian presidential election. With Russia’s sixth presidential election having reached its preordained conclusion, what remains unclear is how Moscow’s already seething political opposition will respond to the …

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The PR Veto

Late last week on November 6th at 9am Moscow time, just as the city was waking to the news that one of its most talented journalists had been nearly beaten to death overnight, President Medvedev did something he’s only done three times as commander and chief: he vetoed a piece of legislation. Previously Medvedev had …

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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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Solidarnost'. Itogi. 2 goda. (Solidarity. The Results. 2 Years.)

Vladimir Milov has enjoyed a great deal of limelight over the past couple of weeks as Boris Nemtsov’s co-author of “Putin. Itogi. 10 let,” a 48-page anti-Putin book that’s caused something of a media storm. In the Russia-Blogger Anglosphere, Sean Guillory and Anatoly Karlin have already dedicated entire posts to the content and public reception …

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Oleg Kashin on 'Strategy-31' (Full Translation)

The following is my translation of Oleg Kashin’s firsthand account and private ruminations on the May 31, 2010, opposition rally in Triumfal’naia Square in Moscow. This article was published two days ago in Kommersant’s ‘Vlast’ edition on June 6, 2010. Kashin does an excellent job dissecting the pageantry on all sides of the ‘Strategy-31′ Movement, sparing …

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Russia's Sick Police

The reform of Russia’s Interior Ministry (MVD) produced some news this week in the form of an amusing interview with Rashid Nurgaliev, the ministry’s chief. Nurgaliev called the MVD “the very poorest of current law enforcement agencies” and voiced concerns that many officers are “very deeply sick,” explaining that traffic patrols last 50% longer in …

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The Kaliningrad Buzz

In the last week or so, an unusual number of American media outlets have hosted, tweeted, retweeted, and otherwise regurgitated the ramblings and ruminations of Russia’s liberal elite. Boris Nemtsov scored an interview with Time Magazine, Kasparov graced the pages of Radio Free Europe, Nemtsov swung by Washington for a mixer with the Republican foreign …

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The Un-Alarmist Article Will Not Be Published

Julia Ioffe, a young journalist who’s written for Fortune, Newsweek, and the New Yorker, has an interesting new article out in Foreign Policy. “The Revolution Will Definitely Not Be Televised” is about the Russian opposition’s new campaign of “thirty-firsts,” which is an uncharacteristically well conceived strategy that’s recently popped up among the liberals. Modeled on …

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