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About Mikhail Zakharov

Mikhail Zakharov is a journalist who works for the Moscow ezine polit.ru

Articles by Mikhail Zakharov

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Tom Rowley is editor of oDR.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Russia's multicultural myth

When a spokesman from Russia's migration service spoke about the purity of the white Russian race, he was summarily dismissed. But while his quasi-Nazi whistle chimes ill with official rhetoric of multiculturalism, it is alas in tune with much of Russian society, says Mikhail Zakharov.

BP, Rosneft and Russia's open secrets

Business is rarely just business in Russia, and the recent deal between Rosneft and BP is surely a case in point, says Mikhail Zakharov. The reason why it is happening is a combination of pragmatism, opportunism and national pride.

St Petersburg's tower vertical defeated. For now...

The Okhta Centre protestors have achieved the relocation of the project to another part of St Petersburg. But it will be built, as will the much protested motorway through Khimki Forest, maintains Mikhail Zakharov. Protest movements are facing the serious possibility of running out of steam.

Oleg Kashin: words that cripple

Last week in Moscow the journalist Oleg Kashin was thrashed to within an inch of his life. President Medvedev has ordered a high-level investigation into the attempted murder. Who would stand to gain this attack and is there any hope of a swift resolution? asks Mikhail Zakharov.

Lukashenko: Russia’s new Yushchenko?

Fresh from productive confrontation with Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, Dmitry Medvedev has waded into the Belarusian presidential election campaign. Appearing in a videoblog on Sunday, he accused Alexander Lukashenko of hiding behind “external enemies” in an attempt to cling onto power. For all it tells us about worsening relations between Luksahenko and the Kremlin however, Mikhail Zakharov remains unconvinced that this alone will be enough to remove the Belarusian leader.

The strange story of Russia’s ‘revolting bishop’

Russia's liberal press laughs when an Orthodox bishop excommunicates his Patriach and calls for mobile phones to be banned. But does it mean the fundamentalists are stirring?

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