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Kagarlitsky: Two-Headed Eagle
May 25, 2008
It was rather charming how the inauguration of the new president and the appointment of the old president as the new prime minister fit nicely between Labor Day on May 1 and Victory Day on May 9. Russians commemorated the events by celebrating nonstop for 10 days in a row.
Kagarlitsky: Communism's Crisis
May 18, 2008
A decade ago, the triumph of liberalism in Europe was so overwhelming that even parties that traced their political lineage to the early 20th-century revolutionary working class movement did not to speak openly about the radical transformation of society. Communist parties closed down or hastily reinvented themselves as Social Democrats, while Social Democratic parties became liberal parties.
Kagarlitsky: Fresh Coat of Paint
Mar 31, 2008
Once a strong state was in place to secure the oligarchs' freshly acquired assets, the keys are ceremoniously handed over to the liberal faction surrounding Medvedev.
Kagarlitsky: Mad Election
Mar 24, 2008
The Russian presidential election was the most democratic for many years, but the farce in which everyone knew the result for months reveals the shallow nature of liberal democracy.
Kagarlitsky: Day of Protest
Mar 04, 2008
The worldwide day of protests called for by the WSF's International Committee channeled some significant popular discontent in Russia but were largely ignored by the media or exploited by the Communist Party for electoral reasons.
Kagarlitsky: Labor in Russia
Feb 26, 2008
Workers of the 'Ford' plant in Vsevolozhsk wrestled a compromise, but with the invigorated labour movement, the struggle for the amendment of the Russian Labor code is likely to become the most important political issue, writes Boris Kagarlitsky.
Kagarlitsky: The President's Fate
Jan 12, 2008
With Dmitry Medvedev - Putin's favoured candidate - as President, Russia could be in for a new bout of liberalisation. But Putin will not take a back seat as Prime Minister and political conflict looks a likely outcome. After emerging from New Year's celebrations and returning to the daily routine, the country is gradually waking up to the fact that it will soon have a new president. Those who don't want to accept this reality can take solace in President Vladimir Putin's promise to stay on as prime minister. But any politician's promises must be taken with a grain of salt, and this is especially true considering that there are two politicians who are doing the promising. Putin's chosen successor, First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, promised to give Putin the prime minister's spot after assuming the presidency, and Putin promised to accept the offer. But what will happen if either of them reneges following the March election?
Kagarlitsky: A draw for Ford but a victory for all
Dec 29, 2007
The strike at the Ford factory in Vsevolozhsk, located right outside St. Petersburg, ended on Dec. 14. It was the longest and most intense standoff in post-Soviet times. The strike began on Nov. 20 and continued for three weeks. According to union activists, the plant's conveyors came to a full stop. Then management threw together one shift mainly composed of office workers and, toward the end of the strike, a second shift to keep the assembly line running. But the quality control department continued its strike, which means that cars produced in early December might not meet all of the technical standards.
Kagarlitsky: No Need to Pad the Vote
Nov 27, 2007
No Need to Pad the Vote
Kagarlitsky: Odd questions
Nov 15, 2007
Kolko: The Financial Crisis-An Outline
Oct 16, 2007
The global financial crisis that is now unfolding was both predictable and predicted. It might have happened before the subprime mortgage meltdown in the United States triggered it, but it is important to stress that it was expected. "An accident waiting to happen," as Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, put it. And now it is taking banks, investment houses, hedge funds, and speculators with it-some are just losing huge sums of money, others are going bankrupt or are up for sale cheaply. Where and how this crisis ends is utterly unpredictable, but it is already very serious.
Kagarlitsky: Like a Crime Story
Oct 02, 2007
Producers of the "Successor" reality show that incessantly surprises both the Russian audience and the critics seem to have borrowed the idea and the plot from classic detective stories. In the beginning, they made audience closely follow the rivalry of t
Kagarlitsky: Is Another Depression Looming?
Sep 16, 2007
Western leftist economists are known for having predicted eight crises out of five that erupted. Well, critically thinking people like to predict different crashes, collapses and depressions. The existing system turns out to be irrational so often and in
Kolko: The Predicted Financial Storm Has Arrived
Aug 29, 2007
Contradictions now wrack the world's financial system, and a growing consensus exists between those who endorse it and those who argue the status quo is both crisis-prone as well as immoral. If we are to believe the institutions and personalities who hav
Kagarlitsky: Bronze soldier takes a shot
May 28, 2007
I learned about the riots in Tallinn during a philosophy conference in the south Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. Participants were deep into Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" when a young man showed an SMS message on events in Estonia. During the coffee-br
Kagarlitsky: Bronze soldier takes a shot
May 23, 2007
I learned about the riots in Tallinn during a philosophy conference in the south Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. Participants were deep into Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" when a young man showed an SMS message on events in Estonia. During the coffee-break we didn't miss the chance to share first impressions from the news. "This is practice, while our fiefdom is theory", was the disdainful reaction.
On March 3, Russia's liberal and leftist groups held the Dissenters' March in St. Petersburg. The rally seems to be the first successful social event of the liberal opposition so far. It gathered over 3000 people; but more importantly it revealed that the
Kagarlitsky: A Policy Paved With Good Intentions
Feb 25, 2007
At least one good thing has come out of the absurdly warm weather so far this winter. Even though the high temperatures cannot [Definitely] be attributed to global warming, politicians and many in the business community are paying more attention to this i
While the Russians enjoyed themselves during the New Year and Christmas holidays, the world economy was developing in its own quite unexpected way. The oil prices dropped and the Moscow housing market stabilized.
Kagarlitsky: A murder for export
Dec 13, 2006
After the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya I predicted that there would be a following up to this story. Unfortunately, I was right. Alexander Litvinenko's suspected poisoning has become a headliner this week, but rather in Britain than in Russia.