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Kagarlitsky: Will Russia Have Its Own Groundhog Day?
Dec 31, 2003
With the Russian parliamentary elections over, the pro-Kremlin ÒUnited RussiaÓ party with its more than 36% of votes looks like the only real winner. It also succeeded to get a massive victory in single-member constituencies. Together with some independen
"We're putting our hopes on the vote-rigging," a Communist Party official sighed. "How's that?" I asked, more than a little surprised. "The [presidential] administration has told the regional authorities to keep our vote total below a certain level. But t
Kolhatkar: Dirty Recall Games
Oct 04, 2003
The latest CNN/USA Today poll in the California Recall Election betrays a dangerous trend: a large majority of Californians now polled think that the recall is a good idea -- 63% compared with 59% three weeks ago. So now the candidates running to replace....
Spring this year was a time of heated discussion in the camp of the Russian opposition. The crisis of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) led to the emergence of "renovating" tendencies in its leadership, while also spurring hopes for the
Kagarlitsky: America Under Threat
Jul 14, 2003
What is at stake in the Middle East?
The prominent Bolshevik and Politburo member Nikolai Bukharin once joked that there could only ever be two parties in Russia: one in the Kremlin and the other in prison. It was an unfortunate joke and Bukharin no doubt realized this when he was moved from
Klein: An American Hero?
May 23, 2003
Jessica Lynch and Rachel Corrie could have passed for sisters. Two all-American blondes, two destinies forever changed in a Middle East war zone. Private Jessica Lynch, the soldier, was born in Palestine, West Virginia. Rachel Corrie, the activist, died i
Kagarlitsky: Russia Between Berlin and Washington
May 22, 2003
During the first days of the Iraq conflict, Russian official statements and the tone of the television broadcasts reminded many people of the anti-imperialist propaganda of Soviet times. These harsh words, however, were not uttered by the leaders of a sup
Kagarlitsky: Strategic Control over a Bog
Mar 27, 2003
The fight for strategic control over the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) has entered a new phase. This is not a traditional struggle between groups within the party, but a clash of external forces which are trying to seize control of the
Russian Labor Movement Seems To Come Back
Kagarlitsky: Mr. Putin's One Man Show
Feb 05, 2003
As the year drew to a close, an entertainment was organized for the Russian population. It was known as "Putin Answers Questions from Citizens". Out of the multitudes desperate to talk to the president, 51 fortunate souls, carefully selected and 100 per c
Kagarlitsky: Autumn Reflections
Nov 23, 2002
First came the fear. For several months most of the Italian newspapers had been telling their readers about the terrible antiglobalists who were about to gather from all Europe to destroy Florence. The day before the European Social Forum opened, the jour
Kagarlitsky: An Attack Against The Society
Nov 02, 2002
After special forces commandos stormed the Theater Na Dubrovke early Saturday morning, the authorities proclaimed the operation a complete success. They first announced that the enemy had been destroyed with no losses among the hostages or special forces.
Kagarlitsky: Russia - the View from the West
Oct 21, 2002
There are times when the image of Russia in the Western press calls to mind the consciousness of a schizophrenic. On the one hand, we are told that everything is fine; on the other, that everything is catastrophic. Periods of euphoria alternate with other
Kagarlitsky: Chechnya: Between War and Peace
Oct 03, 2002
It is paradoxical that every time the pace of military engagements increases in the mountains of Chechnya, plans are revived in Moscow for the peaceful regulation of the conflict. Chechnya is like an unhealed wound. So long as it is not too painful, the R
Kagarlitsky: Looking At American Problems From Russia: Enron, Worldcom, And Now All The Rest?
Sep 18, 2002
No-one is surprised any more to hear bad news from the US, at any rate where the economy is concerned. Nevertheless, the failure of WorldCom has been something out of the ordinary. It is not just the scale of the bankruptcy. Six months ago the crash of En
Kagarlitsky: The Great Friendship
Aug 27, 2002
After a period of cooling in their relations, Russia and the US are experiencing an acute bout of mutual sympathy. This seems a little strange against the background of the nationalist declarations uttered by President Putin during the first months of his
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 outrage
Kagarlitsky: The Second Boot Effect
May 21, 2002
There is a classic joke in which an old man is woken up every night by two dull thuds on the wall. This is the sound of his neighbour, a worker on the late shift, throwing off his boots after returning home. One day, coming upon his neighbour in the corri
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.