Whipping Boys

Whipping Boys

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 26 March 2018 Whipping Boys According to the Russian Constitution a new government is formed after a presidential election. Everything indicates that the new government will be similar to the old one. Dmitry Medvedev is believed to keep his...
Tsar Vladimir and Ominous Perspectives

Tsar Vladimir and Ominous Perspectives

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 19 March 2018 Tsar Vladimir and Ominous Perspectives Long before the presidential elections in Russia, the Kremlin assumed that it would be preferable for Putin to win 70% of the vote with 70% turnout. And such a plan has actually been put into...
Same Trick Again

Same Trick Again

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 26 October 2017 Same Trick Again Making comfortable rivals running for president has had a long tradition in Putin’s Russia. This time, a person who is going to stand against Vladimir Putin is Ksenia Sobchak, a socialite and journalist, who...
Electoral Intrigue

Electoral Intrigue

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 24 April 2017 Electoral Intrigue Presidential elections in Russia have been scheduled for March 2018. Vladimir Putin hasn’t declared yet whether he will participate. Thus it’s not surprising that each mention of the topic by Putin elicits a strong...
The Annexation on Caucasus Is Getting Closer

The Annexation on Caucasus Is Getting Closer

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 11 April 2017 The Annexation on Caucasus Is Getting Closer On April 9, “presidential” elections took place in the separatist Republic of South Ossetia. The elections were held together with a referendum on changing the name of this quasi-state,...
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