Surkov: from Putinist hero to absolute zero
Analysis

Surkov: from Putinist hero to absolute zero

The Putin era’s ‘Grey Cardinal’ has apparently been dismissed over what the President’s spokesman describes elliptically as ‘the non-fulfilment of decrees.’ Paul Hansbury and Josh Black look back at Vladislav Surkov’s contribution to Russian politics and assess what his departure means for the Kremlin. The former Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Vladislav Surkov, is a man … Continue reading

Should Russia be communist?
Analysis

Should Russia be communist?

Giovanni Cadioli wonders if the focus on Russia’s more liberal opposition currents is not misguided in light of reports which suggest that the Communists would be the main beneficiaries of free and fair elections. Of all Marx’s voluminous work, the first sentence of The Communist Manifesto has become the most well-known. “A spectre is haunting … Continue reading

Perils on the Road to Democracy
Reviews

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