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About Maxim Trudolyubov

Maxim Trudolyubov is the Opinion Page Editor and columnist for Russia’s most influential, independent business daily Vedomosti (founded by Financial Times and Wall Street Journal). He is also Associate Director at the Center for New Media and Society at the New Economic School, Moscow.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Nothing will ever be the same again…

The recent hotly-contested Moscow mayoral election ended, as predicted, with victory for government candidate Sergey Sobyanin. But Aleksey Navalny did much better than expected, as did opposition candidates who won in other big cities. Maxim Trudolyubov considers the very considerable significance of these elections

Life on an Island

Russia may be a huge land mass, but Maksim Trudolyubov believes it is better to think of it as a pattern of islands, divided not by geography but by a host of other factors. Here he looks at the island group he himself inhabits – the independent media – as it battles against the waves.

See it like Putin

Russia’s attitude to events in Syria and her stated determination to respect the viewpoints of both sides in that conflict is a cause for concern and reflection. It is, however, no more than another manifestation of President Putin’s aversion to the idea of any independence, for either his allies or his own citizens, says Maxim Trudolyubov

The Kremlin’s Revolutionaries


Revolution may be a dirty word in Russia, but journalist Maхim Trudolyubov argues that conditions for revolution are ripening, and that those responsible are not opposition forces outside the Kremlin, but those working within its walls.

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