Putinism: an ideology?
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Putinism: an ideology?

On February 12 2013, Anne Applebaum addressed a capacity crowd at the LSE on the topic of “Putinism – The Ideology.” Andrew White summarises her critique. According to Anne Applebaum, the distinct form of government adopted by Russia in the new Millenium is a direct result of the personality and beliefs of Vladimir Putin himself. … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

The news to 26 April 2013 Most attempts to explain the connection between the “Boston Bombers”, Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, have considered their relationship to Islamist militants in the region of Chechnya to be remote. However, little hard evidence has been released by American investigators. Source: FT The European Commission has recommended that talks commence … Continue reading

What does Putin’s latest Central Banker mean for Russia’s economy?
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What does Putin’s latest Central Banker mean for Russia’s economy?

Sergei Ignatiev, Russia’s current central banker, will end his third mandate on 24 June this year, after 11 years as the head of the Bank of Russia. Putin has found a replacement for Ignatiev by appointing, in March, Elvira Nabiullina, Putin’s close ally and economic advisor. This nomination seems to hide Putin’s intentions to directly … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

News summary to 19 April Serbia and Kosovo have reached preliminary agreement on an accord aimed at ‘normalising relations.’ Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovar leader Hashim Thaci were in Brussels for the 10th round of EU-mediated talks. The deal paves the way for both sides to open talks with the EU about prospective … Continue reading

Perils on the Road to Democracy
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Perils on the Road to Democracy

Former-dissident, MP and newspaper editor, Adam Michnik, spoke at the Oxford Literary Festival on the lessons learned from the transition to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. The event was organised by the Ion Ratiu Foundation, which recognised Mr Michnik’s services to democracy with its eponymous award in 2009. Josh Black summarises his lecture. According … Continue reading

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Kudrin – On the Money

Maria Filmanovic & Lili Bayer were impressed by the openness of Alexey Kudrin’s recent talk at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. ‘Resign when you disagree in principle with a decision.’ This was Alexey Kudrin’s advice for aspiring public servants in a talk at Oxford University, recalling his own departure from office in … Continue reading