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Kagarlitsky: Russian terrorism and power politics
Sep 07, 2004
Early this Summer, the Kremlin has been cleaning house in the so-called power agencies (siloviki). The firing of General Anatoly Kvashnin as chief of the General Staff sent the pundits into overdrive. At one end of the spectrum, analysts argued that the m
Kagarlitsky: Two Congresses and a Funeral
Jul 27, 2004
The Communist Party's leaders have always been prone to optimism. When they were told of an impending crisis in their ranks, they confidently replied that nothing of the kind was possible. When forecasts suggested they would lose numerous seats in the
Kolhatkar: How to Stop the War
May 25, 2004
With the launching of the new fiercely partisan and influential liberal radio network nationwide, Air America, John Kerry seems poised to whisk the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party and could even win simply because he is not Bush.
Kagarlitsky: Will Bush survive Iraq?
May 19, 2004
With American elections approaching, the whole world is waiting. Americans are voting, but every other country knows that its future in one or another way will depend on the outcome of this vote. Because G.W. Bush isn't a problem for Americans, it is a di
Kagarlitsky: KhodorkovskyÕs Crisis
Apr 21, 2004
By publishing his "Crisis of Liberalism in Russia" article in Vedomosti, Mikhail Khodorkovsky clearly intended to stir up some debate. And heated discussion did indeed ensue, though not so much about the fate of liberalism as about whether Khodorkovsky ha
Kagarlitsky: Khodorkovskyâ€™s Crisis
Apr 21, 2004
By publishing his "Crisis of Liberalism in Russia" article in Vedomosti, Mikhail Khodorkovsky clearly intended to stir up some debate. And heated discussion did indeed ensue, though not so much about the fate of liberalism as about whether Khodorkovsky had written the text himself or not, how he had managed to get it out of prison and whether the publication was an attempt to make peace with the Kremlin.
Kolhatkar: Anti-War Open Letter
Apr 13, 2004
An Open Letter to Anti-War Activists
Kagarlitsky: Who Wants to Be President
Feb 13, 2004
The presidency has been regarded as the apex of any politician's career ever since its introduction to Russia. Yet the upcoming presidential election, already dubbed the main political event of 2004, has not only failed to generate much interest, it hasn'
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