December 30, 2012

Was 2012 the Year Putin Snapped?

Anders Aslund, Foreign Policy

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A cold and snowy December week in Moscow is always more interesting than pleasant, but I have not found the mood in the Russian capital so depressed since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Growing repression has made President Vladimir Putin more feared, but respect for him has plunged deeply as well. People who used to compare Putin with the stern Tsar Nicholas I, who ruled from 1825-1855 and built up the Russian secret police, now deride him as Paul I, the foolish and ineffective tsar who reigned for just five years before being murdered by his exasperated advisers in 1801, much to the relief of his subjects.

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The Guessing-Game of Russian Intentions
Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon
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December 22, 2012
Why Russia Wants to Bar U.S. Adoptions
Masha Lipman, New Yorker
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December 21, 2012
Why Good News Is Bad News in Russia
Michael Bohm, Moscow Times
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December 26, 2012
Russia's Year of Mediocrity
Ariel Cohen, The National Interest
When Russian President Vladimir Putin sits next to his fireplace and Christmas tree, summing up the success and failures for 2012, he will find that the results achieved by Russia and him personally are ambiguous at best. ... more ››
December 21, 2012
Putin's Russia: Back to the Bad Old Days
The Guardian
Vladimir Putin's unwillingness to undertake democratic reform has led to a cooling of relations with the U.S. and Europe. more ››