Civil Society

    • Commentary

    Suffocating Small Business to Death

    If Russia’s regions are to weather the financial crisis, both local and federal governments need to support and protect small businesses.

    • Commentary

    Elections Expose United Russia's Weaknesses

    The results of Russia's recent regional elections are of less importance than the fact that United Russia is gradually transforming from a monolithic bureaucracy under strict Kremlin control into something resembling a true political party.

    • Commentary

    Taking the Hit for Putin

    Dmitry Medvedev's recent surge in official activity is simply a PR ploy to shift focus away from Vladimir Putin as Russia's financial crisis deepens. It does not indicate any serious political or personal changes.

    • Commentary

    A New Direction for U.S. Policy in the Caspian Region

    The Obama administration needs a new approach to the Caspian region that provides opportunities for local leaders to engage with the United States in economic and political development.

    • Event

    The Central Asia Strategies of Russia and the EU

    Alexey Malashenko and Johannes Regenbrecht gave a comparative assessment of the European and Russian strategies in Central Asia.

    • Multimedia

    U.S. Examining Options to Central Asian Air Bases

    In the wake of Kyrgyzstan’s decision to close its American airbase the U.S. must find a Central Asian location for its logistical operations outside of Afghanistan to ensure they remain uninterrupted in case the war deteriorates further.

    • Commentary

    Media Manipulation and Political Control in Russia

    The Kremlin maintains control over the Russian media by exerting pressure over media tycoons and station owners while avoiding direct repression. As a result, although the national media serves as a tool for government propaganda, there has been relatively little popular discontent.

    • Commentary

    Testing the Public's Appetite for Protests

    Recent Russian protests are likely meant to test the response of the authorities rather than indicate people have reached their breaking point.

    • Commentary

    For Russia, A Dark Horizon

    Due to the current economic crisis, Vladimir Putin is facing, for the first time since his rise to power, the prospect of real political instability. Although Putin has depended on a ‘vertical’ type of government, the logic of this crisis demands flexibility, effective feedback, and broad dialogue with the nation.

    • Commentary

    Mercy That Eludes Medvedev

    Nearly 86,000 people have signed a letter asking President Medvedev to pardon Svetlana Bakhmina, a former lawyer for Yukos. Bakhmina, who is due to give birth within weeks, is in a prison camp. Yet Medvedev continues to ignore the call for mercy from thousands of Bakhmina's supporters and thus stands personally responsible for her suffering.

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