Tag: Alexei Kudrin

Defense Ministry Announces New Information Operations Troops for Cyber Warfare; Political Prisoner Dadin’s Sentence Overturned

February 22, 2017

Live Updates: Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Russia’s new Information Operations Troops which will be engaged in cyber warfare. The previous issue is here. Recent Analysis and Translations: ‘Hybrid Cyberwars’: Are the Russian Hackers’ Arrests About American or Internal Russian issues? Don’t Forget About ‘Soft Power’ Part of Russia’s ‘Hybrid War’ in Ukraine: Russian Activist […]

Moscow Can’t Maintain Current Levels of Military Spending for Much Longer, Guriyev Says

May 26, 2015

Staunton, May 24 — The Russian government cannot afford to maintain its current levels of military spending for long because its shift of resources to the military sector is threatening the rest of the Russian economy and because its reserve fund will be insufficient to pay for this spending for more than another year or […]

Putin: Officials Should Keep Criticism Quiet or “Get Out”

November 14, 2013

Did Russian president Vladimir Putin just throw his prime minister Dmitry Medvedev under the bus? That’s how this article, published in the up-and-coming independent media outlet Dozhd (TV Rain), characterizes the latest statements from Putin. The pro-Kremlin outlet Ria Novosti, which first published Putin’s statements, makes no mention of Medvedev being the intended target of the […]

Alexei Kudrin Not Ready to Replace Dmitry Medvedev

May 23, 2013

Alexei Kudrin, head of the Committee of Civic Initiatives (CCI), has said that the possibility that he will be appointed prime minister is “minimal,” emphasizing that he has some antagonisms with the political leadership of the country. The ex-Minister of Finance “for now” is engaged in “direct political activity.” Kudrin made this statement at an […]

Palace Intrigue Linked to Patronage Economy

May 21, 2013

Putin’s rule in Russia is based on his careful management of an institutionalized patronage system which has allowed him to navigate the “clan” factionalism of Russian business and political elites. Through unusually high commodity prices, and a 7 percent growth rate over the past decade, Putin was able to rely on large surpluses to placate […]