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Kolko: Escalation is Futile
Sep 24, 2009
The US scarcely knew what a complex disaster it was confronting when it went to war in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. It will eventually - perhaps years from now - suffer the same fate as Alexander the Great, the British and the Soviet Union: defeat.
Kagarlitsky: Personnel Shortage
Sep 07, 2009
While the world leaders are slightly optimistic about the economic recovery in the Western countries, Eastern Europe prepares for the next wave of the crisis.
Kagarlitsky: Confessions of Cassandra
Jul 24, 2009
A hero of one American movie often exclaimed how he was tired of turning out right constantly. I canâ€™t even retell the plot of that movie, but I remember the key-note: the hero predicted some kind of troubles, but he fated never to be believed, while they were coming true with the same regularity.
Jul 08, 2009
Over the past twenty years the liberal social and political essays have written that under capitalism the economy must have nothing to do with the activities of the state that can damage the economic development by interfering in the economy. One can come to the conclusion that the Russian government is not responsible for the crisis at all, in particular since the crisis is global.
Kagarlitsky: Bottom-Up Democracy
Jun 28, 2009
It had to happen sooner or later. The first bill on nationalization has been submitted to the State Duma. That such a bill would appear in Russia only after similar legislation was introduced in Britain and the United States might seem paradoxical, at least at first glance. After all, Moscow officials would rather die than be accused of an attempt to revive communism. This is especially true of senior government officials in the "economic bloc" whose job is to please investors. In recent years, the less liberal Moscow's political regime has become, the more effort officials have had to make to demonstrate Russia's supposed adherence to economic liberalism.
Kagarlitsky: Illusion of Stabilization
May 31, 2009
There has been a distinct deficit of good news lately. News influences financial markets, and that is why leaders try to organize, distribute and manipulate the news in such a way as to convert today's headlines into tomorrow's quick profits.
May 19, 2009
The case of police Major Denis Yevsyukov shooting at people in a supermarket draws attention to the level of state violence in Russia.
Kagarlitsky: Bureaucrats Afraid
May 03, 2009
When looking round the Russian city of Izhevsk a participant in the last week Ural Social Forum said: "Now I came to realize why the Kalashnikov assault rifle had been invented here".
Kagarlitsky: The Unknown War
Apr 18, 2009
While economists debate whether the economic crisis has bottomed out yet and celebrities throw gaudy evening bashes and ordinary citizens count their shrinking incomes, there is a quiet but grim war taking place on the streets. Bands of fascists and anti-fascists are pitched in a brutal struggle that is rarely mentioned in public or in the mass media.
Kagarlitsky: Credibility Crisis
Mar 24, 2009
The Russian government has developed a new anti-crisis plan. Although nobody has seen it yet, we can be 100 percent certain that it is a good one and that it will enable Russia to fulfill its strategy for development through 2020, offer solutions to new problems and provide for overall stability. The upper limit of the currency corridor will be observed, there will be no further devaluation of the ruble and the Russian people will be able to sleep easily at night.
Feb 18, 2009
I must confess the term used by me in the title of the article is not mine. It is young economist Vasily Koltashov who invented it. But we work together at the same Institute and have similar ideas.
Kagarlitsky: Victims of the Crisis
Nov 20, 2008
Today the list of victims of the economic crisis in Russia is not long but is extremely revealing. It starts with “Moskovsky Korrespondent” weekly that appeared at the end of September and was closed in October.
Nov 11, 2008
It looks like there will be no war between Russia and Ukraine. It is clear that this fact will upset many in Moscow and Kyiv, but, unfortunately, there is a need to face realities. The efforts made by militarism heralds, admirers of Ukrainian hetman Ivan Mazepa and defenders of Russia's Black Sea Fleet proved to be futile. They let the chance slip.
Kagarlitsky: Market Cheerleaders
Oct 22, 2008
The only good news about the current economic crisis is that the global economy will collapse long before humanity has time to destroy the planet's ecology, writes Boris Kagarlitsky.
Kagarlitsky: Bumpy Ride
Oct 10, 2008
When some analysts began discussing an upcoming drop in real estate prices last spring, most economists reacted with open contempt. "How can you speak of a drop when prices are climbing daily?" they asked. In the past six weeks, however, circumstances have changed so drastically that the only questions now being asked are: "How severe will the crash be?" and "How long will the real estate crisis last?" Even a decision by some real estate agencies and builders to give corporate buyers discounts of up to 40 percent has not been sufficient to revive the market.
Kagarlitsky: US & Russia
Aug 30, 2008
Internationally the war is a big blow for the US, at least in Central Europe and the Caucasus. It has suddenly shown that the influence and control of the sole superpower is limited. There are situations when the superpower cannot protect its client states such as Georgia.
Kagarlitsky: Georgia Conflict
Aug 27, 2008
Fortunately, the Russia-Georgia war was short-lived, but its repercussions will be felt for longer. By defeating Georgia and showing that Washington was unable to defend its own ally, Russia humiliated the United States in front of the whole world.
Aug 13, 2008
When Vladimir Putin was president, he liked to give short, somewhat ironic answers to difficult questions. In 2000, for example, when U.S. television talk show host Larry King asked him what happened to the Kursk, Putin answered, "It sank."
Jun 26, 2008
Who would think that a banal song contest like Eurovision can trigger new round of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. When Kyiv won the right to host the finals of the 50th Eurovision contest, Moscow was sick with envy and spent millions to catch up with the Western neighbor. It cost Russia several expensive but futile attempts. And finally with his second attempt at Eurovision 2008 Russian pop singer Dima Bilan won the contest.
Kagarlitsky: Labor Code
May 28, 2008
The Russian labour code, written to suit the interests of employers, has pushed workers to unite and oppose its draconian terms.