Tag: Belgorod

The Train Won’t Stop Here Anymore – the Sad Fate of Russian Regions

January 6, 2015

Staunton, January 1 – Russian Railways announced December 31 that it will end some 220 local train routes this month, effectively cutting off the residents of many rural areas from access to medical and other services available only in region capitals. But the corporation insisted that Moscow is not to blame: local governments have failed […]

Kremlin’s Spending on Crimea Exacerbating Tensions Between Moscow and Russian Regions

June 19, 2014

Staunton, June 18 – The money the Kremlin is spending on Crimea and Ukraine more generally is exacerbating tensions between Moscow and hard-pressed regions, worsening the divide between well-off cities and their hinterlands, and leading some Russian nationalists to demand fiscal federalism as a first step toward creation of ethnic Russian republics. Three very different […]

‘Zelyonyi Klin’ isn’t Only Ukrainian ‘Wedge’ in Russia, and Some in Moscow are Nervous

June 12, 2014

Staunton, June 12 – Russian writers occasionally refer to the existence of the Zelyonyi Klin [“Green Wedge”] in the Russian Far East as an historical oddity, but now in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis, they have gone all out not only to blacken its reputation by linking Ukrainians there to foreign intelligence services but […]