Tag: Russian elite

Russian Nomenklatura 5 Times Larger, More Privileged, More Dangerous than Soviet Predecessor

October 24, 2015

Staunton, October 22 – Over the last 15 years, Russia has been “transformed into a country of one leader, one party, and a state without law but with poor health care, education, and environment,” a system which can best be described as “nomenklatura authoritarianism,” according to Gennady Gudkov. And because the nomenklatura is interested in […]

Russia ‘Looks in a Mirror and Sees the USSR’ and Doesn’t Understand that Others Don’t See It That Way, Kazarin Says

April 25, 2015

Staunton, April 24 “Russia looks in a mirror and sees the USSR and thinks that all those around it see it that way, tries to conduct itself as the USSR did and considers the threats which the Soviet Union did,” Pavel Kazarin says. “But the West looks at Russia as Russia, wants a return to […]


March 13, 2015

Staunton, March 13 — Thirty-three years ago, Soviet commentator Fyodor Burlatsky published an article entitled “Interregnum” in Novy Mir. Ostensibly about what had taken place in China during changes from one dynasty to another, it was in fact a description of what was occurring in the USSR of his times. As Burlatsky pointed out, people […]

Oil Price Collapse Should Lead Russians to Recall and Act on Stalin’s 1931 Warning

December 1, 2014

Staunton, November 29 – The continuing decline in oil prices, a political move by the West against Moscow, should cause Russians to recall Stalin’s warning in 1931 that “we are 50 to 100 years behind the advanced countries and must catch up within ten years. Either we will do that or they will crush us,” […]

Putin Regime Has No Challengers But is ‘Liquidating’ Itself, Piontkovsky Says

July 4, 2014

Staunton, July 4 – Vladimir Putin has eliminated challengers to his regime by integrating some within it and repressing those beyond it, but despite that achievement, his “regime is engaged in its own liquidation” and those who do not like what he has been doing must search each other out online and be ready for […]