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  • Play Movie The Obama-Medvedev U.S.-Russia Summit Video Recorded on July 9, 2009 The Obama-Medvedev U.S.-Russia Summit

    President Barack Obama will visit Russia on July 6-8, 2009, to meet with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.…

  • WebMemo posted November 20, 2007 by Yevgeny Volk, Ph.D. Who's Who in Russia's Parliamentary Elections

    On December 2, an estimated 100 million Russian voters are expected to elect 450 deputies to the State Duma, the Russian Federal Assembly's lower house. Unlike every parliamentary election since 1993, all the deputies will be chosen from the party lists compiled by the leaders of 11 parties formally registered to run in the election. The 450 seats will be distributed…

  • WebMemo posted May 24, 2006 by Yevgeny Volk, Ph.D. Russia's NGO Law: An Attack on Freedom and Civil Society

    In early May Russian President Vladimir Putin signed executive orders that give the Justice Ministry and the Federal Registration Service broad powers of control over non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The mechanisms for enforcing the new NGO law are now in place.  The Federal Registration Service, whose staff has swelled by as much as five thousand, will…

  • WebMemo posted September 9, 2004 by Yevgeny Volk, Ph.D. Terrorist and Authoritarian Threats in Russia

    Last week a tragedy befell Russia. On September 1, terrorists seized some 1,200 hostages at a school of the North Ossetian city Beslan. Two days later, a violent conclusion to the armed standoff between the terrorists and federal troops resulted in nearly 1000 casualties, with 335 dead (including nearly 200 children), over 400 wounded, and some 200 missing. Such is…

  • Backgrounder posted March 9, 2004 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Yevgeny Volk, Ph.D. Recent Changes in Russia and Their Impact on U.S.-Russian Relations

    As President Vladimir Putin awaits re-election for a second term with no significant challenges, U.S.-Russian relations are in limbo. The revival of statism and nationalism has seriously diminished Russia's chances of being regarded as a close and reliable partner that is clearly committed to democratic values. Nevertheless, there are ways by which the United States…

  • Backgrounder posted November 6, 1998 by Yevgeny Volk, Ph.D., Evgueni Volk, Ph.D. Who's Who in Primakov's New Russian Government

    On September 11, 1998, the Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) approved President Boris Yeltsin's choice of Evgeny Primakov as Prime Minister. The Duma's action came in the turbulent wake of the August 17 devaluation of the ruble and the dismissal of former Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko and his government. After the Duma twice rejected the nomination…

  • Executive Memorandum posted April 6, 1998 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Yevgeny Volk, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen, Evgueni Volk, Ph.D. Yeltsin's Gambit: Political Crisis in Moscow

    On March 23, 1998, Russian President Boris Yeltsin sacked his entire government. Yeltsin appointed a political rookie, 35-year-old Minister of Energy Sergei Kirienko, as Acting Prime Minister, replacing five-year veteran Viktor Chernomyrdin, aged 59. First Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Chubais, a leading economic reformer, was fired by special presidential decree and…

  • Executive Memorandum posted April 21, 1997 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Yevgeny Volk, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen, Evgueni Volk, Ph.D. Russia's Union With Belarus: Expensive and Troubling

    On April 2, Presidents Boris Yeltsin of Russia and Alexander Lukashenka of Belarus signed a treaty creating a union between their two countries that will include common citizenship, a common currency, and joint armed forces. The top legislative and executive representatives of the two countries will participate in a supranational ruling body--a Supreme Soviet or…

  • Executive Memorandum posted October 23, 1996 by Yevgeny Volk, Ph.D., Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Evgueni Volk, Ph.D., Dr. Ariel Cohen Lebed Dismissed But Not Tamed

    On October 17, President Boris Yeltsin fired National Security Aide and Security Council Secretary Alexander Lebed, denouncing him for "acting without proper authority" and committing "errors intolerable to Russia." Yeltsin's allies went even further: Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin charged the controversial general with "Bonapartism," while Interior Minister…

  • Lecture posted May 28, 1995 by Yevgeny Volk, Ph.D., Evgueni Volk, Ph.D. Report from Russia: Politics, Economics, and The NATO Expansion Issue

    The domestic situation in Russia and the NATO expansion problem are closely interrelated and influence each other in a number of important directions. It is extremely difficult to predict the ultimate outcome of such an interaction, but it seems obvious that the process will be long, complicated, and even painful. Russia is undergoing a difficult transition in its…

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