Liberal Nationalism

Though everything under the sun in Russian politics is hours away from revolving solely and entirely around the (likely guilty) verdict handed down to Mikhail Khodorkovsky on the morning of December 27th, I’d like to take a moment to draw a bit of attention to the debate among liberal democrats about the question of Russian …

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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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What Does Russia's Olympic Defeat Mean?

The Vancouver Olympics has finally ended and, in the coming weeks and months, there are likely to be a great many editorials and op-eds published on the subject of Russia, whose athletes performed rather not well this year. Because Russia will host the next Winter Games in Sochi, its failures this year will be examined …

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Yulia Latynina Says Liberals Lie, Too

The Yulia Latynina hits keep coming this week. In the aftermath of Yanukovich’s win in Ukraine, she published an article declaring that poor people can’t be trusted to vote properly. (For an excellent read on this event, check Sean’s Russia Blog.) Now, perhaps in an effort to isolate herself even more and at last claim the …

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