Oligarchs

The Economics of Putinism

Guest: Peter Rutland is a professor of government at Wesleyan University. He writes widely on Russian political economy and politics and is author of two books The Politics of Economic Stagnation in the Soviet Union and The Myth of the Plan: Lessons of Soviet Planning Experience. His most recent article is "Petronation? Oil, Gas and…
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Putin to Pardon Khodorkovsky

Putin is pardoning Mikahil Khodorkovsky. “In regard to Khodorkovsky, I’ve already said that Mikhail Borisovich must submit the corresponding papers [for a pardon] in accordance

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Russia as a Rhizome State

My review of Alena Ledeneva’s Can Russia Modernize? Sistema, Power Networks, and Informal Governance for Russia Direct, “Sistema: How power works in modern Russia,” In

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On Putin’s Bulldogs

This week’s Russia Magazine! column, “Putin’s Bulldogs and Their Bones,” In reference to the succession struggle after Stalin’s death, Winston Churchill famously compared the opaqueness

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