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24 November 13
President Vladimir Putin has warned members of his government and former tandem partner Dmitry Medvedev against publicly voicing their disagreement with a presidential policy proposal.
10 November 13
If there is a message for President Vladimir Putin from last week's "Russian March" in Moscow, it is probably this: Be careful what you wish for.
28 October 13
In the aftermath of ethnic riots in Biryulyovo, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has proposed searching private apartments for illegal aliens.
13 October 13
Like every aging world leader, President Vladimir Putin is thinking about his legacy. He has given himself ample time for that by hinting recently that he might run for president again in 2018.
29 September 13
U.S. President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin now share a unique political challenge: they both own Syria.
15 September 13
For the Kremlin, there are several takeaways from the disastrous mayoral election in Moscow.
01 September 13
As opposition leader Alexei Navalny heads for his strong second finish at the mayoral election in Moscow on Sunday — he will likely get more than 25 percent of the vote — he received an offer from the Kremlin he would find hard to refuse.
18 August 13
Watching Sergei Sobyanin run for mayor of Moscow makes you wonder if his real motive was more compelling than an intolerable urge to seek the popular mandate to fix Moscow's traffic.
05 August 13
Whatever the final tally on Sept. 8, the Moscow mayoral race is likely to be a paradigm-shifting event for Russia.
22 July 13
With opposition leader Alexei Navalny running for mayor of Moscow with a jail sentence around his neck and thousands of his supporters prepared to stage large protests if he is arrested, the Kremlin faces a political crisis with potentially devastating consequences.
07 July 13
It would be perversely ironic if Edward Snowden's crusade against the U.S. government Internet surveillance programs resulted in less Internet freedom in Russia.
23 June 13
Russian policymakers frequently blame the country's 1990s democratization for all its current woes.
09 June 13
Two years ago, President Vladimir Putin asked his senior aide Vladislav Surkov what he thought about the new pro-Kremlin project, the Popular Front.
26 May 13
There is one question many wanted to ask during President Vladimir Putin's latest call-in show but were too afraid: Is there a future for Russia after Putin?
12 May 13
In early 2005, Gleb Pavlovsky, the Kremlin's top spin doctor at the time, spoke to a small group of political junkies.
28 April 13
The parallels are eerily striking. A strong leader with a security background inherits supreme power in a large and strategically important country after years of turmoil and armed conflict leave the nation impoverished and traumatized.
14 April 13
When elected president in 2000, Vladimir Putin's first order of business seemed straightforward: strengthen the Russian state and bring it back from oligarchic control and regional warlordism. Consolidation was in order.
01 April 13
In an early March interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets, the Kremlin's spin doctor Dmitry Badovsky argued that it is now more important to raise a viable opposition, unquestionably loyal to the Russian state, than to ensure the continued political dominance of the party of power.
17 March 13
Could President Vladimir Putin benefit politically by disbanding the State Duma and calling an early parliamentary election?
03 March 13
About a year ago, in what sounded like a reluctant endorsement by Russia's big business of Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency, VTB president Andrei Kostin wrote in Kommersant that for the country to move forward Putin should declare after the inauguration that it would be his last term in office and that he would not seek re-election in 2018. It was good advice.
18 February 13
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's status is being upgraded from "damaged goods" to "fair game." The knives are aimed at him, and if he doesn't push back forcefully enough his future will be very bleak.
03 February 13
U.S. President Barack Obama is a cool customer on foreign policy. When faced with a quid pro quo that advances his political goals and U.S. interests, he opts for the transactional.
21 January 13
The Kremlin is running out of palatable options to neutralize the continuing street protests in Moscow.
13 January 13
A true great-power response to the U.S. Magnitsky Act would have been a curt statement of regret. This is how President Vladimir Putin reacted in 2001 to the decision by President George W. Bush to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which had far graver implications for Russia's security.
16 December 12
Russia is shifting its position on Syria toward more cooperation with the West to secure a settlement in the 21-month civil war. Unfortunately, it may be too late to save Syria as a state.
02 December 12
It may feel like hitting a political trifecta. You defang the political issue that energizes your opponents. You restore your standing with the military and please your core supporters long clamoring for the corrupt elites' heads. You anesthetize your governing team with a fear of being on the hit list at the slightest sign of disloyalty. This allows you to buy a new lease on life after showing signs of political infirmity.
18 November 12
With Moscow taking a heavy sigh of relief over U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election, it is easy to ignore the political constraints Obama will encounter in carrying out his Russia policy during his second term.
31 October 12
Despite public sneering and disparaging comments, the Kremlin is taking the recent election of the opposition's Coordinating Council seriously. It sees it for what it is potentially worth: an independent structure of political authority with legitimacy among the many active Russian voters.
22 October 12
Displaying an inner certitude that allows for little dissent, President Vladimir Putin told NTV television on Oct. 7 that he trusts his gut feeling that he is taking Russia in the right direction.
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07 October 12
For those who bemoan the absence of Russian Republicans, here is an angry force in our politics that has all the markings of the Tea Party movement.