Presidential Elections: To Raise Turnout, Kremlin May Propose Changing City Names, Sources Say

A year away from the presidential election, the Kremlin’s technocrats are scrambling to find the best way to handle Vladimir Putin a landslide victory and could use “local referendums” to motivate Russians to vote.

Supporters of the president fear voter’s apathy –expressed in last year’s parliamentary elections by a 48% turnout, the lowest the country has seen in its modern history– could give Vladimir Putin a weak standing in what would be, according to the Russian constitution, his last term as President. Continue reading “Presidential Elections: To Raise Turnout, Kremlin May Propose Changing City Names, Sources Say”

Dirty Jobs: Being a Governor in Russia is Proving Tough

A version of this article was published on the Bear Market Brief’s website.

It’s a rough time to be a regional governor in Russia. Since last year, arrests and resignations of local leaders have piled up and accelerated in the last few weeks, with five governors gone since February. Described by some as a way for the Kremlin to prepare the presidential elections, whether by pumping “new blood” into Russia’s political system or by demonstrating its will to fight corruption at the highest level, the shake up is putting the regional establishment into a difficult position. Continue reading “Dirty Jobs: Being a Governor in Russia is Proving Tough”

Russian Media: The Kremlin is About to Get Tough on Navalny

Anonymous sources “close to the Kremlin” told independent outlet Dozhd the presidential administration is about to launch a campaign to discredit Alexey Navalny, Russia’s main opposition figure and presidential candidate. At the same time, a website claiming to reveal the “secret details” about “politicians, social activists and their organizations” released alleged bank statements claiming an anticorruption organization created by Navalny is funded thanks to an illegal “slush fund”. Continue reading “Russian Media: The Kremlin is About to Get Tough on Navalny”

On Road to Presidency, Marine Le Pen Gets a Hand from Putin

A version of this article was published on the Bear Market Brief’s website.

It was a nice gift from Moscow. On the 24th of March, the leader of the French far-right party “Front National” and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen met with Vladimir Putin for an hour and a half in the Kremlin, a mere one month before the first round of the presidential election.

The meeting wasn’t expected: Le Pen had come to Russia at the invitation of a Russian MP, and the agenda was focused on committee meetings at the Duma. There, Russian and foreign journalists were left waiting an hour for a press conference that never came, while Le Pen was sneaking to the Kremlin to meet with Putin. A selected few Russian TV channels were there to cover the meeting, which later featured extensively on Russian and international media. Continue reading “On Road to Presidency, Marine Le Pen Gets a Hand from Putin”

[ARTICLE] Ivanov’s Dismissal and the Dark Arts of Kremlinology

The last few weeks have been especially rich in news prone to speculation regarding Russian politics: the purge in the Baltic Fleet, the arrest of Kirov governor and the russian customs’ head, the large reshuffle among the state apparatus as well as in the “Economic service” of the FSB and now, the dismissal of Putin’s chief of staff and long-time friend, Sergei Ivanov.

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