Category: Russia

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Russia in Search of an Opposition: the Dilemma of Zyuganov

Marching through the streets and squares of Russia in ritual May Day demonstrations, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) is again becoming part of everyday life. Losing its hold over the committees in the State Duma, the party was outraged and humiliated by the “centrists” at the instigation of the president. Most analysts Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Russian Riot Helps Enlighten the Leadership

Last week workers set out to defend their rights in two places: Italy, and the city of Voronezh in central European Russia. In their significance for Russia, the disorders in Voronezh were comparable to the impact the general strike had on Italy. The protests in Italy were without precedent. First came a demonstration by three Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: A French Lesson

No-one was particularly excited about the presidential elections in France. The differences between the leading candidates were so minuscule that the victory of one or the other could have significance only for the candidate himself and for people who were hoping to be appointed to the administration. Then when France finally went to the polls, Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Roots of Anti-Americanism

Public opinion polls show that anti-American sentiment in Russia has reached a level not seen since the days of the Cold War. This hostility is not the product of a political confrontation, as was the case during the Soviet era, or of a diplomatic standoff, as happened on Yevgeny Primakov’s watch as prime minister. Paradoxically, Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Hercules Cleaned Out

On March 11th the Russian Duma approved the resignation of Central Bank chief Viktor Gerashchenko. This act doesn’t only mark the departure of one of the few larger-than-life characters remaining in Russian politics and a man who has played a — if not the — dominant role in the banking sector for the best of Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Argentinians are Taking to the Streets, While Russians are Flocking to their Television Sets

MOSCOW – There is a saying that the way you see in the New Year is the way you’re going to spend it. Whether this is true or not, the events occurring in Argentina ought to serve as a serious warning for ruling groups and financial elites throughout the world. After the enraged population poured Read more…

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Edward Herman: FOLKS OUT THERE HAVE A

own actions (e.g., helping dismantle the Soviet Union and pressing Russian "reform"; positively encouraging Slovenian and Croatian exit from Yugoslavia and the breakup of that state, and without dealing with the problem of stranded minorities, etc.) is completely unrecognized. The Times then goes on to blame terrorism on "religious fanaticism…the anger among those left behind Read more…

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Edward Herman: THE OFFENSE BUDGET

Herman Just about the time George Orwell published his novel 1984, shortly after the end of World War II, the U.S. "War Department" was renamed the "Defense Department." This name change also coincided with the fact that the United States was then the sole possessor of nuclear weapons and had an overwhelming military superiority. In Read more…

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Edward Herman: UNCLE CHUTZPAH GETS BACK INTO THE RING

S. Herman Now that the humanitarian warrior Bill Clinton has been replaced by a compassionate conservative extremely close to the oil industry, military-industrial-complex, and Christian Right/"pro- life" (fetal, that is, not post-fetal) forces, what may we expect in foreign policy? Funny thing is that Clinton, though a tremendous blow-hard, did a lot of killing with Read more…

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Globalization and Russia

Boris Kagarlitsky As often happens with such terms, the word “globalisation” has become popular in our country (Russia) only belatedly. To be exact, it has become popular among us at the very moment when people around the world have ceased talking about the rise of a new global economy, and instead have begun talking about Read more…

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