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Patriarch & Lack of Doping to Blame for Russia's Olympic Shame

Patriarch & Lack of Doping to Blame for Russia's Olympic Shame

Once the foreigners who dared to push Russia from the podium have been taken care of (via strategic bombers and lethal psychological warfare), heads will roll over the country’s worst Olympics in history,

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Russia's Eurotrash Olympics

Russia's Eurotrash Olympics

Even some Americans were offended when commentator Mike Milbury excoriated Russia for their ‘Eurotrash game’ against Canada. But what other way was there to describe the studied, ironic detachment of Ovechkin, or the arrogance and entitlement of that underachieving …

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Khodorkovsky's Hamartia

Khodorkovsky's Hamartia

‘Khodorkovsky was the only one of the oligarchs who forgot that he was an oligarch, that is, a crook. He decided that because he’d stopped stealing from the company that he was a great businessman, a builder of value! The other oligarchs, when they saw the fuzz, knew they should …

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Putin Sells Lake Baikal Down the River

Putin Sells Lake Baikal Down the River

Russian people are used to humiliation and oppression, but they always draw the line at Lake Baikal.
This is a lesson that PM Vladimir Putin should have considered carefully before

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Spain's EU Presidency and Opening Ties with Cuba

Spain's EU Presidency and Opening Ties with Cuba

This blog has also been crossposted with FPA’s Latin America Blog.
The Council on Hemispheric Affairs recently published an …

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Blue Brothers?

Blue Brothers?

Now that Yanukovich has won, has Ukraine finally rejected the Orange Revolution and returned to Russia’s fold?
Not so fast.
In one of the great ironies of the election, Yanukovich’s clean campaign and victory in the most …

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Mironov, or the Matrix?

Mironov, or the Matrix?

The escalating war between Putin and House Speaker Sergei Mironov, who is being pressured to resign for daring to criticise the budget and the Prime Minister by name on national TV, may be just the opposite of what it seems.
“Do not try to bend the spoon. Try to realize the …

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Russia's Bread and Butter Riots

Russia's Bread and Butter Riots

When Tolstoy remarked that “every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”, he might have been describing the recent anti-government protests in Russia.
On Sunday, I wrote about two ‘riots’: a civil disobedience action against the demolition of homes, and a political rally in defence of the right …

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Russia's Intifada Against the 'Kompromat State'

Russia's Intifada Against the 'Kompromat State'

“Bailiffs and riot police had been ordered to evict scores of people and tear down their homes, all apparently unannounced”, reports Al Jazeera, describing a scene …

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Does Russia Need a 'Ukraine Scenario'?

Does Russia Need a 'Ukraine Scenario'?

“If Putin says he’s against ‘Ukrainianization,’ you can translate that as meaning he opposes media freedom and real elections,” says Boris Nemtsov, a liberal politician.
He was reacting to Putin’s recent statement that ‘We must continuously think about improving our political system… but …

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Medvedev's Police Reform Cop Out

Medvedev's Police Reform Cop Out

Recently, I was shocked to hear an American friend name one of the virtues of her new house: “there are many police in the neighbourhood”.
You would never hear such a thing come from the mouth of a Russian person, and for good reason.
Calling the cops in Russia risks inviting the …

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Avatar vs Avarice

Avatar vs Avarice

An epic sci-fi tale set in the 22nd century on fictional planet Pandora and its alien Navi civilisation wins the hearts of  millions of fans.  Then, 40 years later, James Cameron makes Avatar.
That’s right, this week Russian newspapers were rife with allegations that Cameron stole the idea for his blockbuster …

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Who Cares About Russia's Useless Middle Class?

Who Cares About Russia's Useless Middle Class?

Radio Liberty, apparently.
Yesterday, the first of their three part series exploring the middle class across the former Soviet bloc was dedicated specifically to ‘what it means to be middle class’.
Yet without ever defining the slippery concept of middle …

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From 'Pre-Fab' to Putin

From 'Pre-Fab' to Putin

Mommy, where do Putins come from?
Some liberal analysts have suggested that he was parachuted into Russian politics by a sort of malevolent stork.  More critical ones have insisted instead that he was asexually spawned by Yeltsin in his own image.
Yet

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Europe: The Year Ahead

Europe: The Year Ahead

For those of you unfamiliar with Stratfor.com, it’s one of the most compelling forecasting organizations in the U.S. today on international issues.  Founded by George Friedman, who features heavily in this year’s Great Decisions Television series, their predictions are not always …

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Finn Maigaard
Finn Maigaard

Finn Maigaard holds an MA in history from the University of Copenhagen. As an MA student Finn focused on diplomatic history culminating in a thesis on US-Danish security cooperation in the Cold War. Finn also interned at the Hudson Institute's Political-Military Center, where he concentrated on the EU's role as a security institution, and at the World Affairs Institute as a Communications/Editorial Research Assistant. Finn currently resides in Washington, DC and works as a freelance writer, and as Program Coordinator at the University of Maryland's National Foreign Language Center.

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