Tag: Duma

Kazan Says Duma Plan to Impose Single Set of Textbooks Threatens Non-Russian Peoples

July 8, 2015

Staunton, July 3 – Two United Russia Duma deputies have introduced legislation that would require all schools in the Russian Federation to use a single set of textbooks for basic courses, a step they say is necessary to ensure the defense of “a common educational space” in the country. But officials of the State Council […]

Putin’s New Nationalities Chief Says His Job Is To ‘Prevent Pogroms In Biryulevo’

April 4, 2015

Staunton, April 3 — Vladimir Putin has chosen a Duma deputy from Sverdlovsk with an FSB background and service in the notorious Alpha Group during his Chechen wars to be the head of the new Federal Agency for Nationality Affairs, an indication of how the Kremlin leader intends to use this new tool and why […]

There Are Alternatives to Putin and Not All of Them Are In the Kremlin, Satarov Says

February 5, 2015

Staunton, February 4 – In any political system, there is always “an alternative” to the current leader, Georgy Satarov says, and consequently, when Vladimir Putin leaves his position, a new head of Russia will emerge — and it won’t necessarily be someone from the current Kremlin entourage or happen peacefully. But it is “another matter” […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 252: Ukraine Begins To Form A New Coalition Government

October 27, 2014

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For […]

Will Kremlin’s Next Wave of ‘Little Green Men’ be Outsourced to ‘Private’ Firms?

October 24, 2014

Staunton, October 23 – On October 23, Just Russia Duma deputies tabled a draft bill that would allow private firms to create under license from the Federal Security Service (FSB) their own military units, something that some Russian corporations have already done and that others appear to want to do and that could create new […]

Kremlin Restrictions on Imports Seen Hurting Those Kremlin Cares Least About — Russia’s Ill

September 4, 2014

Staunton, September 3 – Because of the failure of the Putin regime to develop the Russian Federation’s medical industry, thus forcing the country to purchase abroad up to 80 percent of its medicines, the Kremlin’s planned imposition of restrictions on their import will hurting the ill, a group to whose plight Moscow has long shown […]

Crimean Resistance to Giving Up Ukrainian Citizenship Seen Forcing Moscow to Make Concessions

July 13, 2014

Staunton, July 11 – Moscow’s Nezavisimaya Gazeta is reporting today that resistance among officials in Russian-occupied Crimea to giving up Ukrainian citizenship has led the Russian labor ministry to seek a delay until the beginning of next year of a requirement announced in April that all officials on the peninsula do so or lose their […]

Putin’s Latest Declaration about Ukraine Meaningless Except as Deception, Moscow Analyst Says

June 25, 2014

Staunton, June 25 – Vladimir Putin’s call for the Russian parliament to repeal its authorization for the use of military force in Ukraine is meaningless not only because the Kremlin leader has claimed that he has not done so up to now but also because he could reverse this reversal anytime he wants, according to […]

Right-Wing Parties are Russia’s Fifth Column in Europe Against NATO and the US, Baburin Says

May 24, 2014

Staunton, May 18 – Sergey Baburin, a prominent leader of the Russian right, suggests that right-wing political parties in Europe now form a veritable fifth column for Russia on the continent which can be counted on to support Moscow against their leftist governments and against NATO and American policies as well. In an interview entitled […]

Like the Greek Colonels, Russia Now Bans …

May 16, 2014

Staunton, May 16 – – At the end of Costa Garves’ classic 1969 film “Z” – Greek for “He lives” – about the suppression of an investigation by a Greek junta, the screen goes blank and then follows a list of things that the junta bans, including chewing gum, mini-skirts, Plato, and democracy. That now-distant […]