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Russias optimistic future entrenched in the Concept-2020

The perfect timing of this epochal program, at the peak of the current crisis, is to showcase Russias growing confidence in its desire to be a key player on the global arena...

Kremlin intensifies calls for a new multipolar world

President Medvedev reiterated the Kremlins strident calls at the World Policy Conference for a new multipolar global order and diversification of centers for making decisions on global issues...

 

Farewell to another crisis year; welcome to another year of new hope and more expectations in 2011

The end of the year is always accompanied by a desire to review the outgoing year and make New Year resolutions. But the lingering tensions across the globe have made both tasks more difficult this year...

Advance profit tax payment typifies the authorities attitude towards businesses

The Moscow mayor's call for pre-corporate profit tax payment is destructive for business and should be discarded as an anti-entrepreneurship policy...

Issue:     Author: Christopher Kenneth
Tags: Sobyanin
 

Banking policy initiative capable of solving multiple problems

It is now clear that the current RUB 700m threshold was based on the absolutely wrong assumption that most Russians' bank deposits are either of this amount or much less...

New privatization arouses the ugly ghosts from failed wild 1990s policies

The promise to make the second wave of privatisation a much fairer policy in all its ramifications is meant to finally lay to rest the roving ghosts from the 1990s...

Issue: August 2012, Vol. 7, No. 7     Author: Christopher Kenneth
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Russia on the brink of a tectonic shift in elites consciousness

Attacking the state's spending spree, ex-Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin dismissed the Kremlin's strategy of radical escalation of expenditures a fantasy...

Oligarchs in classrooms will highlight collective retrograde amnesia among Russian elite

Calling on the oligarchs to share their questionable success stories with pupils is tantamount to giving them a legal sanctimony and whitewashing their shady pasts...

 

Kremlin seeks mutual understanding with EU at tripartite summit

The troika's decision to continue future meetings in this format underscores readiness to jointly tackle common European issues for the benefit of the entire continent...

The Kremlins militia-police dilemma: Reforming the irreformable

President Medvedev's plan to reform the nation's militsia envisages streamlining of the agency, increasing its efficiency and ability to protect citizens rights and security...

 

The end of the crisis year that changes the world forever

An assessment of the key activities in 2009 that radically changed the world forever in many aspects, including the shift from a dangerously unipolar to a safer multipolar world and the final dawn of China as the new center of gravity of the post-crisis global economy...

The Wests final loss of principles and orientations

Recent events around Edward Snowwden and others have proved that the West, once seen as the bastion of democratic values, is dangerously tilting into an entity devoid of any values, and in case of EU states, even self-respect...

 

Putin at his best as his cabinet reshuffle relocates key allies to the Kremlin

The composition of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's new cabinet is notable for the disproportionate representation of President Vladimir Putin's arch-loyalists...

Issue: June 2012, Vol.7, No.6     Author: Christopher Kenneth
Tags: Putin

Russia and Chinas veto is not against Syrians, but against Wests hypocrisy

If the Syria stance reflects Beijing and Moscows model of behavior in the looming post-crisis era, then the West will have to make real adjustments to its diplomacy doctrine...

 

Belarus economic disaster coverage shows Russias press at its finest best

Russian media CEOs, by raising the standard of their Belarus economic debacle coverage to a sky-high level, have set for themselves a new yardstick...

Russia finally secures WTO membership: is it really worth the efforts?

Without any doubts, Russia's WTO membership should be seen as the great achievement that it is really is, the final, or almost the final, act in the 20-year soap opera of integrating the country into global free market economy...

 

Kerimovs Arab sheiks-style Anji investments good for Russian football

The multibillionaire's commitment to Anji is underscored by the names of famous players that have been brought to the club in record transfer-breaking deals...

Media wars against Kremlin foes highlight lack of press freedom in Russia

The inability of these media executives to have foreseen justifiably negative interpretations of their actions and roles indicates blatant lack of professionalism and personal will...

 

Russia uses its robust economy to woo global investors

In another pragmatic move after its victory in the five-day Caucasian war,...

Iran deal highlights the advantages of consensus diplomacy by global leaders

This is the type of global leadership required from superpowers the ability to set out and work towards achieving common good for the whole world, rather than seeking to achieve selfish national interest gains at the expense of the others...

Issue: May 2015, Vol. 3, No. 5     Author: Christopher Kenneth
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De-offshorization of Russian businesses is a right and first step in the right direction

Deplugging Russian offshore companies from the state support will be devastating to their owners, especially under these trying and unstable economic times...

Business as usual, as bureaucrats typically ignore Kremlins BoD ban against officials

The appointment of First Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov and other federal and regional officials to the VVTs board runs contrary to the Kremlins ban against bureaucrats sitting on state firms' BoDs...

 

The world ought to frown on and disregard US exceptionalism claim

For decades, it has been accepted as a sectarian religious dogma that the US is different from the other countries, a sort of a special nation in a class of its own...

Issue: October 2013, Vol. 10     Author: Christopher Kenneth
Tags: Obama

The creation of a new public TV channel is a slap on the faces of current stations

The creation of a new TV channel is a slap on the faces of Russias current largest TV channels and their CEOs, a vote of no confidence in them, an impeachment by implication...

 

Volga ship catastrophe once again highlights Russias wild capitalism at its worst

The most heartbreaking thing is that such negative practices and business modus operandi are the norms rather than notable exceptions in Russia...

Japans tragedy and Chernobyl 25th anniversary question atomic energy necessity

This tragedy is one of the few misfortunes in human history, whose intensity and utter horridness of unprecedented destruction of lives never diminish with time...

 

Humanitarian interventions are not licenses for mass urban massacres

The West, since the Soviet demise, has been behaving as if it had obtained the ultimate license for justifiable murders across the globe in the name of democracy...

Kremlins regime change policy ends Russias regional autocracies

By removing long serving regional leaders, the Kremlin has sent a clear message of where it stands on clannishness, regional autocracy, quasi-democracy, etc...

 

Medvedev premieres Skolkovo innovations city on international road show

During the presentation of the project to the U.S. business community, Medvedev visited the globally famous California-based Silicon Valley, where he dialoged with the leading hi-tech titans and saw how the existing prototypes of his Skolkovo innovations center really work in practice...

Swiss clock-style regularity of technogenic tragedies highlights Russias industrial woes

These negative phenomena are further exacerbated by CEOs insatiable greed and the workers innate self-destructive affinity for overlooking security measures...

 

Official handling of international bribery scandals dent Russias image

The egregious official inactions over the major international bribery scandals across the globe involving Russian government officials and foreign businesses are a blow to the Kremlins anti-corruption efforts...

The benefits of authentic democracy that brings real changes to countries

Russia seems to be one of the biggest benefactors from the positive outcomes of the democratic changes in the United States and Ukraine, going by the new opportunities that have now opened up for deepening ties...

 

The Nord Stream approvals underscore the benefits of economic symbiosis

The Nord Stream approval in February by Finland, the last of the four littoral states to do so, finally put an end to some countries' efforts to sabotage the project...

Truly free and fair elections are essential for a functional democracy

The government ought to know that it is its direct responsibility to ensure that elective governance does not become a farce in Russia and a barefaced mockery of a true democracy...

 

Medvedevs precise diagnosis of Russias problems indicates readiness to solve them

The review was necessitated by his broad searches for new approaches, including recent public pleas to compatriots, to offer policy ideas on how to solve the nation's recalcitrant problems...

Mob mentality hamstringing Wests deeper cooperation with Russia

Classical clinical manifestations of the destructive variant of this phenomenon are evident in the Wests contemporary ties with Russia on key issues of strategic cooperation of bi- and multilateral relevance to both parties and the entire global community...

 

A display of 'mechanical management' of economy against market forces

The term 'manual management,' frequently used by anti-Kremlin pundits in the West to describe Moscow's policies, is rapidly gaining popularity in and outside Russia...

Kremlin boosting Russias position and influence in Africa

An unmistakable sign that the Kremlin is now really intent on boosting its old good ties with Africa is evident in the composition of Medvedev's entourage, which included top-ranking government officials and Russian business leaders...

 

Worrying taxation initiatives from court officials

Of particular concern are the extra judicial nature of debting defaulted taxpayers' bank accounts prescribed by the proposed amendments, and the fact that the proposals have come from the nations citadel of justice...

Novaya Gazeta highlights the essence of press independence in Russia

By all standards and criteria, Novaya Gazeta, due to its rigid uncompromising position on several issues, would have been the last publication to be allowed to interview the Russian head of state. However, against all expectations, it turned out to be the first newspaper to earn such a high honor from the Kremlin...