Category: Russian opposition

by Gordon M. Hahn The US government, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL), is claiming a sharp spike in asylum claims from Russian citizens, hitting a 24-year high in 2017, jumping nearly 40 percent from the previous year (www.rferl.org/a/russian-asylum-applications-in-u-s-hit-24-year-record/29204843.html). While if true, this is almost certainly an indication of growing dissatisfaction with the government […]

by Gordon M. Hahn PUTIN’S ‘MISSILE SPEECH.’ Was Putin’s 1 March 2018 ‘missile speech’ a provocation or a response to NATO expansion, US withdrawal from the ABM Treaty, and US development of an anti-missile defense system that surrounds Russia but is claimed targets Iran? The US is producing new high-speed and cheap interceptor missiles as […]

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 Political analysis is becoming dangerously politicized, one-sided and biased. The politicization of academia and media in this regard is polarizing relations between Russia and the West. The disease of politicized science also plagues the domestic politics of their and other societies. This two-tier political polarization is contributing to global instability. Analysis […]