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A New Direction for EU-Russia Relations?

A New Direction for EU-Russia Relations?

As Europe suffers a severe a cold snap, EU-Russian relations are experiencing a proverbial chill. The diplomatic cooling is the result of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s criticism of Putin’s democratic credentials. The sharpness of Ashton’s critique was for many a …

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Who Are We? And Other Russian Stories

Who Are We? And Other Russian Stories


In the final installment of her fascinating radio series looking at Russia 20 years on from the Soviet collapse, veteran journalist, critical …

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Blame Them, Not Us: Adoption as a Political Tool

Blame Them, Not Us: Adoption as a Political Tool

On January 18, Russia’s Ombudsman for children, Pavel Astakhov, and Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, stated that they would seek an official moratorium on adoption of Russian children by American families. Cooperation on adoption between the two countries has seen its ups and downs following the pattern of U.S. -Russia relations, …

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Toy Story: Revolt of the Little Guys

Toy Story: Revolt of the Little Guys


“Political opposition forces are using new technologies to carry out public events” lamented an exasperated Russian police chief yesterday.
What are these insidious technologies? Twitter? Talking spy rocks …

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2012: In Search of Russian Carrots and Sticks

2012: In Search of Russian Carrots and Sticks

The December protests in Russia against parliamentary election results have marked a momentous change to the current Russian political situation. The protests have revealed the looming necessity for authorities to respond in a timely manner, and to acknowledge the new scenario. Widespread public discontent with existing policies is shaping a new, uncomfortable reality for …

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The Last Soviet Citizen

The Last Soviet Citizen


Who was the last citizen of the USSR?
Obsessed with the 20th anniversary of the Soviet collapse, I watched a unique and astounding film. “Out of the Present” is a documentary about Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who became known as the last Soviet …

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Crime and Non-Punishment

Crime and Non-Punishment


Forget democracy – Russia has dispensed with boring, empty bourgeois rituals like voting and peaceful protests in favour of some freedoms that really matter. Like the right to set fire to a police car, film yourself doing it, confess, and get away …

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Kyrgyz Jet Crash – a Miracle in Osh

Kyrgyz Jet Crash – a Miracle in Osh

It was a rough but lucky landing (both “rough and “lucky” are strong understatements here) when a Soviet-built Tupolev (Tu-134) crash landed in dense fog in the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan. According to The …

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Year in Review: Russia 2011

Year in Review: Russia 2011

United States
For Russia’s Foreign Policy, 2011 started with a breakthrough signing of the START Treaty that fostered new hopes and brighter prospects for U.S. -Russia relations. Alas, the enthusiasm from the successful agreement was soon soured by less effective negotiations on the U.S. deployment of a ballistic missile shield in …

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Russia Year in Review 2011

Russia Year in Review 2011

FPA Russia Blog Studios presents……Russia’s top box office hits of 2011
GOODBYE BREZHNEV
As the traumatic events of the 90s send Mother Russia into a coma from which she takes a decade to recover, dutiful son Vova worries that any further shocks to her …

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United Against ‘United Russia’

United Against ‘United Russia’

Last Saturday Russia witnessed one of the biggest anti-government rallies of the past two decades. Just a few months ago the possibility of a protest this large seemed very unlikely. Putin’s confidence ratings remained high holding steadfast belief in the efficiency of a strong ruling hand over the country, although the …

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Nagging Cracks in U.S.-Russia Relations

Nagging Cracks in U.S.-Russia Relations

Events of this past November revealed more cracks in U.S. -Russia relations that seemed propitious just several months ago. To start with, on November 22, the U.S. announced the decision to cease its obligations under The Conventional …

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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 systems. …

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Everyone Loves a Russian Nationalist!

Everyone Loves a Russian Nationalist!

 
 

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

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Many Sides of Russian March

Many Sides of Russian March

Another Russian March Rally commemorated the recent National Unity Day in Russia. The celebration of accord and reconciliation succeeded former Soviet holiday dedicated to the Great Russian Revolution. The new holiday introduces a tradition of Russian nationalist rally, so called, Russian …

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