Window on Eurasia

Now That The Truckers’ Strike Has Reached Moscow, Will Western Media At Last Pay Attention?

April 17, 2017

The Kremlin has imposed a media blackout on the Russian truckers’ strike that is now in its third week and has been joined by drivers in at least 80 federal subjects, but unfortunately, coverage of this worker action by the Western media has been almost as sparse.

Behaving Badly on Big Things and Small, Core of Russia’s National Strategy under Putin

April 13, 2017

From making world leaders wait for meetings to mafia-like language from its leaders and diplomats to flouting international law by invading and occupying neighboring countries, Russia’s national strategy under Vladimir Putin is based on behaving so badly that others don’t seem to know how to react.

Kremlin Tells Media Not to Report Truckers’ Strike – But It is Still Happening and Spreading

April 11, 2017

The long-haul truckers’ strike, the largest and most consequential labor action in Russia since the end of the USSR, is a development few Russians and even fewer people abroad know about because the Kremlin has given an order to the central and regional media outlets to understate the size of the action and the motives behind it.

A Baker’s Dozen of Neglected Russian Stories – No. 77

April 8, 2017

While the Soviet Union was ahead of the West on some health measures, Russia today is now behind on every measure for which statistics are comparable, experts say. Incomes and consumption continue to fall with ten percent of Russians now not being paid enough to feed themselves.