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Putin Gets Stuffed (Along with his Ballots)

Putin Gets Stuffed (Along with his Ballots)


It’s not surprising that Putin lost his 2/3 majority in parliament today. Many people have turned against him and his party for many reasons: his inability to improve living standards, deal with corruption and reform the military, police, health and education …

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Everyone Loves a Russian Nationalist!

Everyone Loves a Russian Nationalist!

 
 

Vladimir Putin deports thousands of Tajiks migrant workers.
The Russian …

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The Charms of Russia’s Wild East, Without the Grunt-Work

The Charms of Russia’s Wild East, Without the Grunt-Work

Russia. It’s not all doom and gloom (we’re not Greece, you know!).
Sure, in their latest dispatches from Vladivostok and Lake Baikal, the BBC’s Reggie Nadelson and the Atlantic’s Nicholas Schmidle didn’t ask the …

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Russia: Still Number One

Russia: Still Number One


After a week of Oligarch wars, Medvedev-Luzhkov sniping, spy-plagiarism and a

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Back to the New-SSR

Back to the New-SSR


It’s become so fashionable to automatically diss everything Putin does that critics are rarely forced to use their brains.
That’s the only way to explain the curious liberal denunciations of the Eurasian Union, a free-trade economic and political bloc of major former …

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Excavating the Soviet in Azerbaijan

Excavating the Soviet in Azerbaijan


A portly man stands covered in glistening crude oil: this visual joke on that iconic scene from Goldfinger sets the scene for

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Hipsteritarianism: Putin’s Postmodern Fiefdom

Hipsteritarianism: Putin’s Postmodern Fiefdom


It’s a story that could have been written by Borges.
A powerful man publishes a satirical novel under a playful yet obvious pseudonym. The book’s protagonist is a fiercely intelligent, insecure and amoral intellectual, a “‘vulgar Hamlet’ who can see through the …

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Russia’s Internet Polyarchy

Russia’s Internet Polyarchy


In a thoughtful and nuanced analysis of the internet’s role in Russian civil society (which just happened to include a few thoughtful and nuanced reflections from your humble blogger:), Radio Liberty’s Daisy Sindelar writes:
“The Russian Internet, or RuNet, is …

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Afghanistalgia

Afghanistalgia


Nostalgia is everywhere these days, a far cry from the good old days when we used to live for the future. Woody Allen.

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USSR: Union of Soviet Skype Researchers

USSR: Union of Soviet Skype Researchers


Did you know that Skype comes from Estonia?
Ok, smartypants. But did you know Skype loves the Soviet Union?
Well, maybe not loves exactly, but at least gives credit where credit is due.
For some reason, Baltic people are not exactly what you’d call …

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Putin: I’m Baaaack!

Putin: I’m Baaaack!


In 2024, I’ll be middle aged, turning 40. Maybe filthy rich, much more probably struggling to feed the kids. Or without any kids. Or maybe even dead – who knows? The polar ice caps might be gone and the US broken …

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Russia’s “Post-Bling” Generation: Lebedev’s Blow for the Common Man

Russia’s “Post-Bling” Generation: Lebedev’s Blow for the Common Man


Of all the things to envy about Alexander Lebedev – his billions, his international media empire, his mansion on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace – what most Russians are really jealous of is that …

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From Rockets to Rocket? Dreading Russia’s Obnoxious Food Revolution

From Rockets to Rocket? Dreading Russia’s Obnoxious Food Revolution


I remember when Russian haute cuisine was a 10 letter word: mayonnaise.
When the first “Western” pizzeria opened in my home town of Murmansk around 1994, its house specialty certainly looked like pizza: a …

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Cameron Crawls Back to Putin

Cameron Crawls Back to Putin


As if any more evidence were needed that Putin will return to the presidency, Britain’s David Cameron has raced to Moscow to mend fences.
Of …

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Russia and South Africa: Separated at Birth?

Russia and South Africa: Separated at Birth?


What is it about transition societies? No matter how far away they are from each other or how different their culture and history, they have much the same problems: inequality, crime, corruption, a single dominant party, health crises, poor education systems …

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About the Author

Vadim Nikitin
Vadim Nikitin

Vadim Nikitin was born in Murmansk, Russia and grew up there and in Britain. He graduated from Harvard University with a thesis on American democracy promotion in Russia. Vadim's articles about Russia have appeared in The Nation, Dissent Magazine, and The Moscow Times. He is currently researching a comparative study of post-Soviet and post-Apartheid nostalgia.
Areas of Focus:
USSR; US-Russia Relations; Culture and Society; Media; Civil Society; Politics; Espionage; Oligarchs

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