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    Four Russias: the new political reality
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    Written by: Natalia Zubarevich All articles by Natalia Zubarevich

    Uneven modernisation has left its mark on Russia, and the authorities are only too happy to exploit it. What does the future hold for Russia’s regional divide? Русский

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    Stimulating the Russian economy
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    Written by: Grigorii Gritsenko All articles by Grigorii Gritsenko

    The dividing line between market liberals and supporters of active state intervention in the Russian economy has considerably shifted. 

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    In memoriam Valery Abramkin, Russia's prison reformer
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    Written by: Mary McAuley All articles by Mary McAuley
    Written by: Valery Abramkin All articles by Valery Abramkin

    Celebrated Russian activist Valery Abramkin has died aged 66. Here we republish extracts from a lecture delivered in 2006, which contains many fascinating insights into the rules of behaviour, hierarchies and relationships within Soviet and Russian prisons. (With a foreword by MaryMcAuley.) 

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    A Pyrrhic victory for Abramovich?
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    Written by: Vladimir Pastukhov All articles by Vladimir Pastukhov

    The judgment in the Berezovsky vs Abramovich case was a long time coming. Berezovsky lost comprehensively, but Abramovich would do well to consider carefully whether his victory was actually worth winning, says Vladimir Pastukhov

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    ‘Pussysteria’, or the awakening of Russia’s conscience
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    Written by: Vladimir Pastukhov All articles by Vladimir Pastukhov

    On 10th July a Moscow court extended the pre-trial detention of three members of feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot, charged with hooliganism after they performed a ‘blasphemous’ and anti-Putin song in the city’s main cathedral in February. Vladimir Pastukhov believes there is much the case tells us about the relations between the Putin government and the Russia’s Orthodox Church.

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    Russian TV: a different truth for east and west?
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    Written by: Tanya Lokshina All articles by Tanya Lokshina

    Russia’s 9 time zones are often exploited by TV management to pull controversial programmes, but the internet has changed the rules of the game. A recent film about kidnap victims in Chechnya was shown in the Far East, but not in European Russia. The ensuing outcry and internet activity show that people have had enough of censorship, says Tanya Lokshina

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    Russia's Communists: the paper tigers of the opposition
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    Written by: Vladimir Gelman All articles by Vladimir Gelman

    Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Communist Party is enjoying a mini-revival as a channel for popular discontent with the government. But its leadership is too rooted in the past and concerned with retaining control of the party to exploit this advantage, says Vladimir Gelman

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    Dead souls: rank and responsibility in the Russian military
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    Written by: Alexander Volk All articles by Alexander Volk

    In 2010, the Russian military experienced acute delays with procurement. The official response to the affair was outlined last month: three officers were to be sacked and several company directors punished. Basic research shows the government's position to be nothing more than a smoke screen, writes Alexander Volk.

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    A very Georgian disagreement
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    Written by: Sergei Markedonov All articles by Sergei Markedonov

    Post-Soviet Georgia is no stranger to drama or revolution, and after a short interregnum, the country once again finds itself in a febrile mood. Sergei Markedonov analyses the background to the present unrest.

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    Russia’s future — in its past
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    Written by: Igor Kon All articles by Igor Kon

    Russian intellectual Igor Kon has died aged 82. Here we present one of his final essays, first published on our partner website, www.polit.ru. Reflecting on the woes of Russian history, Kon displays trademark wit and moral argument.

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    Russia's multicultural myth
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    Written by: Mikhail Zakharov All articles by Mikhail Zakharov

    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.

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    Russia’s anti-fascist movement loses a champion
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    Written by: Andreas Umland All articles by Andreas Umland

    Independently-minded specialists carrying out research into the seamier side of Russian right-wing nationalist extremism are few and far between. The death of Galina Kozhevnikova at a young age is thus a veritable tragedy, laments Andreas Umland.

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    Sergei Sobyanin: man after Russia’s heart?
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    Written by: Vladimir Pastukhov All articles by Vladimir Pastukhov

    As new mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin inherited a hugely wealthy city and a mass of problems. Putin’s vertical of power is collapsing and there are elections ahead. How will Sobyanin manage the inevitable political infighting, wonders Vladimir Pastukhov.

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    Caucasian prisoners (or how not to deal with militancy in Dagestan)
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    Written by: Tanya Lokshina All articles by Tanya Lokshina

    The southern republic of Dagestan is now Russia’s most violent flashpoint. Besieged by militants from one side, the republic is no better served by its security services on the other. Indeed, the brutality and lawlessness of these government forces actually risks motivating yet more young men to ‘go to the forest’ and join the fighters.

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    Russian modernisation: between chance and necessity
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    Written by: Alexander Auzan All articles by Alexander Auzan

    Modernisation is a task, not a problem. Russians must first want a modern country if it is to ever emerge. Alexander Auzan, one of Russia's foremost experts on modernisation, outlines the difficulties going forward.   

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    Yeltsin’s complicated legacy in the Caucasus
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    Written by: Sergei Markedonov All articles by Sergei Markedonov

    Boris Yeltsin inherited many problems which he had to try and address while at the same time establishing the new Russian state. Many of these problems were, and continue to be, in the North Caucasus. Yeltsin’s presidency should be judged in the round, asserts Sergei Markedonov, rather than from the vantage point of Putin’s ‘vertical’ Russia.

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    Ukraine right-wing politics: is the genie out of the bottle?
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    Written by: Andreas Umland All articles by Andreas Umland

    Ukrainian politics has until recently been divided between two camps: the pro-Western democrats (recently represented by the "Orange" parties) and the pro-Russian anti-liberals (recently dominated by the Party of Regions). Now radical nationalists are gaining political strength. Will they manage to get their so-called Freedom party into the national parliament? Andreas Umland charts the rise of the right-wing All-Ukrainian Association "Svoboda".

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    St Petersburg's tower vertical defeated. For now...
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    Written by: Mikhail Zakharov All articles by Mikhail Zakharov

    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.

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    Putin’s retreat — beginning at the gates of Moscow
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    Written by: Vladimir Pastukhov All articles by Vladimir Pastukhov

    President Medvedev recently sacked the longstanding Moscow mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, despite his closeness to Putin. This move, redolent of Soviet politics, won him no points and now the activities of the new mayor are threatening to affect Putin too. Regular changes of government are essential, explains Vladimir Pastukhov

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    Fridman: How I became an oligarch
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    Written by: Mikhail Fridman All articles by Mikhail Fridman

    What do you need to succeed in business?A mixture of luck and good judgement, according to Mikhail Fridman, one of Russia’s richest men and currently head of the Alfa Group.Gorbachev’s 1980s reforms made private enterprise possible – Fridman and others like him did the rest, as can be seen from this transcript of his lecture at the Publishers’ Forum in Lvov.

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