Sunday, December 21, 2014


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Podcast: Thermidor In The Kremlin, Funk On The Street

The "Russian street" is in a deep funk, with the opposition divided and disheartened. Reformists in the elite are on the ropes, outgunned and outmaneuvered by siloviki and statists determined to maintain the status quo.

Emigration is on the rise and the crackdown on dissent continues apace with no signs of it abating.

When mass protests broke out a year-and-a-half ago, it appeared Russia was on the cusp of a major transformation. But now it looks like that was all an illusion.

In the latest edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast," I discuss Russia’s deepening Thermidor with co-host Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and author of "Sean’s Russia Blog."

Also joining us for his debut appearance on the podcast is Kevin Rothrock, project editor for RuNet Echo at Global Voices and author of the Russian affairs blog "A Good Treaty."

In this week's podcast, Sean, Kevin, and I also discuss the intrigue and maneuvering surrounding the upcoming mayoral election in Moscow.

Enjoy...

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by: La Russophobe from: USA
June 07, 2013 21:16
"When mass protests broke out a year-and-a-half ago, it appeared Russia was on the cusp of a major transformation. But now it looks like that was all an illusion."

It appeared that way to some people, mostly because of reckless reporting from irresponsible Russia correspondence, the worst of whom were Julia Ioffe and Miriam Elder, neither of whom have apologized for their gross misreporting (nor been asked to by their colleagues).

But I, for example, said from the beginning that the protest movement could not be taken seriously. I said from the beginning that the leadership was extremely weak and the organization weaker, limited to Moscow and to the Internet when it should have been doing much more grass-roots work.

Credit where credit is due?

by: Ben
June 09, 2013 21:03
As the deseived lover the West is indignant with the Putin`s "sovereign democracy".The "Arab spring" horrors have not taught the liberal West.They are waiting for the "Russian spring" and search for the " middle class" as the driving force.As the "middle class" is the absurd conception for the non Western societies their hopes are vain.Russian business are mainly state-dependent, as the "middle class" is.The Western sociology are absolutly feeble abroad.

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
June 10, 2013 23:39
Both, "Russophobe" and "Ben" might have good arguments,
If not the false "opposition" and other "signs of democracy"
That Russia forge since they put Stalin under house arrest,
In 1947, in fluxing and invading Europe and Asia with brass,
And turned hard democracy into "cover and lie plutocracy".

Real war against freedom and dignity, or true democracy,
Russia fight together - 2/3of population according to polls,
Against non-Russian nations and nationalities, autocracy
Resurrecting colonial empire. Pact of 1954-56 is the goal.
Degenerates breeding in our houses and lands atrocities.

They also bringing slaves - refugees from invaded lands,
To make themselves feudal "pomesh'iks" over new serfs.
It is dream of Varag - refuse accept better men as friends,
But appear be best by plagiarizing and usurping our best.
It is why Russians just pretend a deviation from evil trend.

One sample of Russian “pseudo” Russia spreading in Muslim world, Saakashvili asked to investigate,
that I commented:

NOT ONLY FBI BUT ALSO UNITED NATIONS AND WHOLE WORLD MUST INVESTIGATE IT!
IT IS RUSSIA - DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY!
IT IS RUSSIAN "THIRD FORCE"!
IT IS THE SAME LANGUAGE RUSSIAN SHTABY USED SINCE THEY THREATENED INVADE ABKHAZIA!
IT IS THE SAME LANGUAGE RUSSIAN SHTABY USED TO MOTIVATE PSEUDO-MUSLIM SPETCNAZ-GRU AND THEIR PROXIES, CHILDREN OF RAPED BY RUSSIA CAUCASIAN GIRLS AND WOMEN, PROMISING THEM
SHEAR OF THE GEORGIAN LAND, HOUSES AND LOOT!
IT IS THE SAME LANGUAGE THAT WAS USED BY A RUSSIAN PROXY THAT DESTROYED MY COMPUTERS AND FILES BEFORE 2008 RUSSIAN INVASION AND USED CHLORIDE PUT TWO BULLET HOLE MARKS ON MY CLOSE IN AREA
OF HEART AND LIVER, REMINDING ME GEORGIANS MURDERED BY RUSSIANS SNIPERS IN ABKHAZIA IN 1993 AND INSULTING BY DIRTY WORDS ME AND MY MOTHER!
GEORGIA WAS NEVER AN AGGRESSOR AGAINST MUSLIMS, BUT IT DEFENDED ITSELF FROM MANY AGGRESSORS.
CRUSADERS INVITED GEORGIA TO FIGHT SALADIN, BUT INSTEAD THEY MADE PEACE BETWEEN SALADIN AND CRUSADERS!
IT IS WHY SALADIN AND CRUSADERS GAVE GEORGIA SYMBOLIC FLAG OF JERUSALEM, MODERN FLAG OF GEORGIA, AND CROSS ON WHICH CHRIST DIED, AS IT WAS BELIEVED AT THE TIME.
RUSSIA KNOW IT ALL TOO WELL AND LYING!

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