Tag: United Russia

The French Far Right Secure a €9m Loan From a Russian Bank Close to Putin

November 27, 2014

Update: As of writing this article the report was that National Front would receive a €9m loan from a Kremlin-linked bank. In a newer report, EU Observer is now reporting that the total amount of the loan may be €40. — Editors Writing for Mediapart, Marine Turchi reveals that the far right French Front National […]

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 […]

Dugin Says an Azerbaijan Hostile to Russia Will ‘Instantly Cease to Exist’

April 6, 2014

Staunton, April 6 – Aleksandr Dugin, who appears to be increasingly influential in Kremlin circles, says that Moscow views Baku’s UN vote on Ukraine a “an unfriendly act,” that “the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan is in Moscow’s hands,” and that “an Azerbaijan hostile to Russia will instantly cease its existence.” Dugin, who describes himself as […]

Russia’s ‘Surreal’ Geography Threatens the World, Georgian Writer Says

March 19, 2014

Staunton, March 19 – In the past, “every country had its own map, each of which was more or less different,” a Georgian writer says, but with Marco Polo and Google, most came to accept a similar map of the world, one in which borders are clear and fixed. But Russians remain an exception. According […]

Criminal Case Opened Against the Mayor of Astrakhan

November 15, 2013

The Central Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia (SKR) has opened a criminal case against the detained mayor of Astrakhan, a member of United Russia, Mikhail Stolyarov. According to investigators, he demanded 10 million rubles from an Astrakhan entrepreneur, as well as a stake in his company in exchange for a land parcel. […]

Russian Deputies Ready to Allow Criminals to Run For Office

October 28, 2013

Current election law in Russia bans anyone convicted of a serious crime from ever holding public office. This is one reason that the court case against opposition candidate Alexei Navalny is significant — though his sentence has been suspended, he is still a convicted felon, and so would be unable to run for office under […]

Russian Legislators Propose a Tax On Foreign Names

October 4, 2013

Nationalism and patriotism are rampant in Russia. The Interpreter has been following many stories that indicate that this sentiment is often manifested in unhealthy policies. Russia has threatened its neighbors for wanting to join the European Union, it has used immigration law as retribution for disloyalty, and it has used pogroms to crack down on ethnic […]

“People’s Elections Commission” Drives Government Into a Narrow Corridor

September 17, 2013

This editorial by Dmitry Oreshkin in Novaya Gazeta provides a statistical argument that the results of the Moscow Mayoral Election were rigged. However, what’s far more interesting is that Oreshkin also argues that, despite the fact that Sobyanin stole the last few percentage points needed to avoid a runoff, democracy has been achieved. For the first […]