Tag: Slon.ru

‘Black December’ Means Putin Needs a New Grand Bargain with the Population, Belousov Says

December 21, 2014

Staunton, December 21 – The collapse of oil prices and the ruble along with Western sanctions have destroyed any basis for the grand bargain that the Kremlin had made with the Russian people – economic growth in exchange for political passivity – and raised the question as to whether there can be a new one […]

The Russian-Ukrainian War in 10 Questions and Answers

September 8, 2014

Staunton, September 8 – The current ceasefire ends one phase of the war between Russia and Ukraine making this a good time to consider the impact of the conflict in the broadest terms, as Moscow commentator Konstantin Gaaze does so in ten questions and answers. Gaaze’s first question is “Why did we (they) act as […]

Politics of Survival Drive Putin’s Policies, Moscow Commentator Says

August 4, 2014

Staunton, August 4 – Despite the expectations of many in the West and the past behavior of the Russian government, politics, not economics are the driving force behind Vladimir Putin’s policies now: his Russia must now pursue survival rather than growth and thus “victory or death,” according to Konstantin Gaaze. In a commentary on Slon.ru […]

Deputy and Slon Journalist Beaten by Homophobes in Moscow Bar

August 6, 2013

Vera Kichanova, Slon.ru journalist; a municipal deputy for the South Tushino district; and [Kichanova’s] companions were beaten at Kamchatka bar. Some female guests at the bar, and then the men in their group, were unhappy with the way Vera’s friends looked and decided to demonstrate their dislike of homosexuals, not only by word but by […]