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Stabilizing the Bear: Can Putin do it again?

In Russia, stability is often valued high above comparatively trivial things, such as democracy or freedom. This perhaps explains why around half of Russians consider the despot Josef Stalin a positive influence on Russian history. He may have been a … Continue reading

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Crime and Punishment, or Moscow Martyr?

On Tuesday Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon, saw his case rejected¬†before the European Court of Human Rights. Mr. Khodorkovsky argued before the Strasbourg tribunal that the charges of financial wrongdoing brought against him in Russia are politically-motivated as he … Continue reading

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