All Posts Tagged With: "modernization"

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Per Stalin’s Wishes

In this column for, independent political commentator Sergei Shelin warns against trends in military spending and economic policy that are heavily reminiscent of Soviet times.

Sep 8, 2012 | Continued
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Russia’s Crumbling Roads ‘Connected With Our Poverty’

Russian automobile owners will have to pay nearly $1000 in taxes a year just to maintain currently existing roads, at the same time as the country suffers from a sorely lacking transportation infrastructure.

Jul 6, 2010 | Continued
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Medvedev: Russia Must Become a ‘Country of Dreams’

The Russian president spoke at the official opening of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, pledging to shape fiscal policy in order to turn Russia into a country that people would strive to make “their new or second home.”

Jun 18, 2010 | Continued
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Khodorkovsky Calls Putin to Court

Imprisoned oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, currently in Moscow facing charges in a second case against him, has issued a series of questions that he demands Prime Minister Putin answer directly in court.

Mar 17, 2010 | Continued
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EC: Russian Modernization Requires ‘Supremacy of Law’

A report from the European Commission outlining a path for Russian modernization cites “the supremacy of law” as a necessary first step, which Kremlin bureaucrats are dismissing in favor of an “application-oriented” approach.

Feb 12, 2010 | Continued
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Institute Cites “Inertia and Decay” in Russian Government and Economy

A new report from the Institute for Contemporary Development criticizes Russia’s government and economy for its “inertia and decay,” but was met by a muted response from opposition groups.

Feb 4, 2010 | Continued
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Kasparov: Russia’s European Choice

Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov sat down for a recent interview with the Yezhednevny Zhurnal newspaper to discuss why Russia needs to integrate with Europe and why the current political system has no hope for true reform. Exclusive translation by

Feb 3, 2010 | Continued