Vadim Nikitin's picture

Russia’s Sad Copy-Cat Act

Plagiarism is not something Russians worry about. Hell, even Putin lifted his phD thesis, verbatim, out of a US textbook while his country has occupied the US’s piracy list for twice as many years as China.

Carl Thomson's picture

Time for some clarity on Libya

Boris Gryzlov, the Speaker of Russia’s State Duma, famously said that “Parliament is not a place for discussion”.  The same could be said for the House of Commons.  On the day the Prime Minister announced that British military advisors would be sent to aid Libya’s rebels in their campaign against Colonel Gadaffi, there was no Minister at the Dispatch Box to explain this escalation of our participation in the conflict.

Christine Riedel's picture

Always Bet on Putin

As the 2012 Russian presidential election draws near, there has been a buzz of speculations and a flurry of possible scenarios floating in the press as to who will run in the election and most importantly be the next Russian president. Though incumbent Dmitri Medvedev has not officially announced his bid for a re-election although he said he might – many expect this as a given. The Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has not stated out right that he is intent on running either, but a day later said he might oppose Medvedev in the race. Putin must have his reasons and according to the New York Times he thinks that announcing the candidates outright might paralyze the government.

Chris Hutchins's picture

Putin the GREAT!

 IT’S working! Russians in their millions have bought into Operation Vladimir Putin. The PR operation has proved to be such an astonishing success in his homeland that Putin is now unquestionably Russia’s most popular leader since Peter the Great. And what’s more it’s all his own work. When he told his communications consultant – the equivalent of Blair’s former press secretary Alastair Campbell - that he was going to sing ‘Blueberry Hill’ at a charity event in St Petersburg, he was advised that one of his favourite Beatles songs might go down better. But Putin has a long memory and recalling a frosty encounter with Paul McCartney at the Kremlin, he declared that this was his party and he was going to do it his way.

russianmind's picture

Global consequences of Japanese quake.


The explosions at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant sent stocks plummeting on Japanese stock exchanges. The Nikkei and TOPIX indexes fell 10.55% and 9.47%, respectively. Pessimism is spreading across the world, with key indexes in China falling by 1.4-2.4 percentage points and the Russian market dipping 2.5%.

One could chalk this up to speculators overreacting, if not for two things: first, the global crisis began in 2008 on the exchanges, and second, the post-crisis economy continues to teeter between recovery and decline.

Bad year