Tag: Skolkovo

Russia This Week: Low Turnout in Moscow Municipal Election, Opposition Loses to Ruling Party (September 8-14)

September 14, 2014

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: – TV Rain’s Chief Producer Assaulted in Moscow – In Moscow City Legislature Race, United Russia Leads with Close Vote Between Independent and Nationalist – Low Turnout in Moscow Municipal Elections, Difficulties for Opposition Candidates – Gay Tango Instructor Found Murdered in St. Petersburg – Leading Russian Human Rights Group […]

Russia This Week: Regular or Irregular Russian Army? (1-7 September)

September 6, 2014

Updated Daily. This week’s issue: – Presidential Human Rights Council Members Appeal to Investigative Committee on Missing Soldiers – Russian Defense Ministry Meets with Soldiers’ Mothers, Human Rights Advocates – Russian Soldier ‘Fighting as Insurgent’ Killed in Ukraine: Kyiv Post – Persecuted Russian Parliamentarian Ponomarev Decides to Remain Abroad – Cell Phone Messages of Moscow […]

Medvedev’s Seven Main Losses as Prime Minister

November 19, 2013

It’s no secret that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev often plays ‘second fiddle’ to President Vladimir Putin. Their relationship is a perfect illustration of how Putin maintains control. For the most part, though, if there is a power struggle between the two, it is kept out of the headlines. Last week, however, it roared back […]

Investigative Committee Ready to Open Criminal Case Against Ponomarev

May 22, 2013

The Russian Investigative Committee intends to press charges against Ilya Ponomarev, State Duma Deputy from Just Russia, in connection with an investigation of payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars made to him by the Skolkovo Fund, and plans to strip him of his parliamentary immunity. Vladimir Markin, the official representative of the Investigative Committee […]

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 […]

Why Vladislav Surkov Was Fired

May 13, 2013

The resignation of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov — the Kremlin’s “grey cardinal” — has prompted a raft of articles speculating as to the true cause for Surkov’s departure. This article suggests that his involvement in the corruption-plagued Skolkovo project, inaugurated by former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, became Surkov’s pink slip . –Ed. On […]

Ponomarev: “I Understand What Exactly Drew the Investigation’s Attention”

May 8, 2013

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), accused Ponomarev of libel and unlawful commercial activity. According to Ponomarev, he now figures only in the investigation of the activity of Aleksei Beltyukov, vice president of Skolkovo. According to the investigation’s story, Mr. Beltyukov unlawfully gave Ilya Ponomarev, deputy of the State Duma, […]

Ilya Ponomarev: “The Truth is On My Side, and Vekselberg Knows That”

May 3, 2013

Viktor Vekselberg, head of the Skolkovo Fund, announced that he has filed charges against Ilya Ponomarev in court. The Investigative Committee suspects Ponomarev of unlawful receipt of money from the Fund. The deputy himself learned of the lawsuit from journalists. “Truth his absolutely on my side. Skolkovo knows this full well. And Vekselberg knows this full well. […]

How Surkov and Medvedev Financed the Opposition

May 1, 2013

The efforts to morally discredit the opposition, set against the backdrop of new criminal cases against the leaders and rank-and-file participants of the protest movement, is a good way to finally bury the political landscape of Russia under concrete, or in a bog (in the literal sense, not to be confused with Bolotnaya Square.  The […]