Category: Putin and liberalism

by Gordon M. Hahn Long-standing Russian President Vladimir Putin will win Russia’s presidential election by a landslide, garnering some 70 percent of the vote. Democratic candidates are likely to finish behind the main communist candidate Pavel Grudinin and the tired populist-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovskii. They might outdistance the equally tired nationalist Sergei Baburin. The pro-democracy forces’ […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech to both houses of the Federal Assembly on Thursday was significant for the more immediate politics of the Russian presidential campaign and representative of Russia’s contemporary cultural discourse and identity. It addressed two key blocs of state-tied constituencies Putin will need to ensure an easy first […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Why has the Kremlin allowed opposition leader Aleksei Navalnyi to remain free? Navalnyi could have been imprisoned several years ago after he was convicted of abuse of office by a Russian court. Instead, he was given a suspended sentence. His conviction was therefore left in place disqualifying him from running for […]

by Gordon M. Hahn The World Bank recently announced that Russia jumped from 40th to 35th place in its annual ‘Doing Business Report’ evaluating the ease of doing business in 190 countries based on parameters such as ease in starting a business, registering property, getting loans, paying taxes, and enforcing contracts (www.doingbusiness.org/~/media/wbg/doingbusiness/documents/profiles/country/rus.pdf). Russia’s rank in […]

 by Gordon M. Hahn [[This article was originally published in December 2011 as: Gordon M. Hahn,“The Thaw at the Polls – Tandem’s Liberalization Policy Rocks the Vote,” Russia – Other Points of View, 8 December 2011, http://www.russiaotherpointsofview.com/2011/12/the-thaw-at-the-polls-tandems-liberalization-policy-rocks-the-vote.html.%5D%5D Sunday’s election to the State Duma, Russia’s lower house, was stunning.  As I expected, it registered a sharp […]