Medvedev’s address: Lots of talk, little action

As Dmitry Medvedev prepares to leave the Kremlin next year, his last address to Russia’s Federal Assembly served as both a wrap-up of accomplishments and calls for future change. In his final address to Russia’s Federal Assembly before stepping down as president next year, Dmitry Medvedev claimed that much had…

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Medvedev tries branding the way to an IFC

Russia’s attempts to make Moscow an international financial center have been met with skepticism by some experts. In his ongoing quest to develop Moscow into an International Financial Center (IFC), Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with leading international bankers, investors and consultants on Oct. 28. Attending the meeting at the…

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Комплекс великой державы

Действия путинской команды за последнее десятилетие укрепляют имеющиеся на Западе антироссийские предрассудки Запад убежден, что Россия не в состоянии решить проблемы коррупции, всевластия бюрократии и провести реальную модернизацию. Без конкуренции и демократии сделать это просто невозможно. Как на фоне возвращения Путина в президенты выглядят перспективы отношений между Западом и Россией?…

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Occupy Russia

An Occupy Wall Street campaign demonstrator stands in Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street in New York October 17, 2011. Source: Reuters / Vostock Photo Is Russia immune to Occupy Wall Street because its disaffected young people have the possibility to emigrate? In recent days, the Occupy Wall Street movement has…

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Putin, Medvedev discuss investment climate

Stability is not the same as stagnation, and improving the military does not mean that Russia is militarizing – at least that’s the message the Russian leadership promoted during events of the last week. The Russian bank VTB Capital held the latest iteration of its regular investment conference “Russia Calling”…

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Will Putin reinvent himself–and the economy?

Russian financial experts believe Putin will embrace economic reform, because it is logical, but logic has never been the driving force in Russian politics. After announcing his plans to return to the Kremlin in next year’s elections, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave a speech highlighting Russia’s economic strengths as a…

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