In a country where almost everything is owned and managed by the Government which in turn is essentially run by the office of the President, the outcome of the next Presidential campaign is going to be both about survival and maintenance of the status quo. […]
Despite predictable results, the Russian Duma elections nevertheless brought a few surprises – one of which was that the election had record low voter turnouts and a bigger than expected victory for the ruling party.
Given the relative weakness of the “opposition” political parties, no matter how the popular vote is eventually split on election day among these parties, the overall election results will be in favor of the current establishment, with United Russia party still dominating the election defying all possible political alignments among the opposition. […]
urkey has more cards and leverage against Russia in its negotiations, due to Turkey’s geographic positioning, demographic advantage, and NATO membership. Therefore, it is expected that Turkey will emerge with the eventual upper-hand out of the St. Petersburg negotiations. […]
The numbers are not on the right side for Kremlin. Russian treasury’s coffers may well be enough for just another year. Some estimates suggest, by the end of 2017 the Russian Government, the biggest employer […]