The Strange Death of Liberal Russia: Prokhorov & Pravoe Delo

In the wake of Mikhail Prokhorov’s political downfall and the likely death of Pravoe Delo’s chances at attracting enough votes to enter the next Duma, commentators are scrambling to make sense of what has happened. The amount of relevant material that’s exploded onto the Internet in the past two days is vast and beyond easy …

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Navalny’s Nationalism

“I don’t know why foreigners love to always photograph me in vests. A possible explanation is that, in every foreign article about me, it’s necessary to cautiously mention that my ‘general views are somewhat nationalist.’ To Europeans and Americans, the vest is a symbol of the four-eyed nerd. Maybe a “nerd-nationalist” is somehow less scary.” …

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Aleksei Naval’nyi, Virtual Mayor of Moscow

Earlier this month, Kommersant and Gazeta.ru banded together for an online “virtual election” for the next mayor of Moscow. Of course, that honor has since gone to Sergei Sobianin (who placed 7th in the online competition). There were ten candidates altogether, plus an “against all” option. The clear winner, taking more than 45% of the …

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The Stalin Bus

Two days ago, members of the St. Petersburg Communist Party realized a long held wish, when a bus operated by the Network of Passenger Transports (SPP) rolled onto Nevsky Prospekt, sporting a ten-foot-tall image of Josef Stalin (see photo). The following two phrases appear on the side: “I would like to raise a toast to …

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