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Marina Litvinovich

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has created a website called Election 2012.  On it she looks at members of the Russian Government, their ties to one another, their ties to big business/oligarchs, their past associations with the business community, etc.  It’s all very interesting, and I am hoping that it will aid my own research, and serve to make this blog better.

Happy reading.



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This was too good to pass up.  Anatoly Perminov, the head of RosCosmos has a plan to “deploy defensive spacecraft against the Apophis asteroid”.

“I don’t remember exactly, but it seems to me it could hit the Earth by 2032.”

Really, Bro?  You are the head of RosCosmos, and you don’t know?  This is like the Skrynnik thing, but somehow so much worse.  Read the article anyway.  It is kind of funny.

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December 31, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Stratfor Video

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on the state owned corporations:

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November 12, 2009 at 1:22 PM


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The Housing and Municipal Services Sector Reform Fund is translated “Фонд содействия реформированию ЖКХ”.  Their website is all in Russian.  I did find a list of names of board members, and as near as I can make out, the General Director of the Fund is a man named Konstantin Tsitsin.  No biographical information is posted, however…

I looked up Konstantin’s name, and all I have got is that he was a former member of the Federation Council, and was appointed to this post upon the company’s formation in 2007.

In my research, I did find an article and a report on the state corporations.  The article was written in December 2007, and is more of an op-ed piece.  The report was published in April 2008, and is titled: “The struggle for bureaucratic and economic control in Russia”.  The appendices are worth looking at.

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November 12, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Medvedev’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

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This idea came to me this morning on my way to work (yes, I forgot it was a holiday).  I believe that something big is about to happen within the Russian political system.  And I believe that some kind of announcement will be made within a week of Medvedev’s speech to the Federal Assembly on… wait for it… we finally have a date… tomorrow, the 12th of November.  The official announcement was made today.

But what will the announcement be?  Let’s be honest.  There are not that many people within the Government who can be replaced.  And there are not that many people within the Presidential Administration who can be replaced.  The idea that Sergei Naryshkin can be removed is a joke.  Naryshkin was made Head of the Presidential Administration for a reason, and that reason (Medvedev) is still there.

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November 11, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Birthday Greetings

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I have sat through a lot of birthday greetings over the past three years.  In general the greetings are poem-like in structure, and while I have no doubt they are sincere, they are pretty horrible.  But what do you expect from a country where the birthday song is horrendously depressing?  I have always kind of wondered why the song ends “it’s a pity, a birthday only comes once a year.”  Why?  Your birthday sounds like it is awful, why would you want two (or more) in one year?

All that to say, Alexei Miller has a birthday greeting to Rem Vyakhirev.  If you do not know the story of Rem Vyakhirev, let me give you a quick summary: Rem was the former head of Gazprom.  A pretty shady character (who wasn’t in the 90s?), Rem was ousted by Putin & Co in 2001.  Apparently, there is no enmity on either side for this because Alexei Miller recently awarded him “with Gazprom Highest Mark of Distinction “For Outstanding Services”, No.1.” on the occasion of Rem’s 75th birthday.  

In addition to award, Alexei Borisovich said to Rem: “On the occasion of your anniversary, please, accept our best wishes for sound health, happiness, prosperity and active longevity.”  This does not rhyme in English, and I do not think it rhymes in Russian, either, which I find disappointing.  Also, I don’t think it is as cool as mine, even though mine needs more work… maybe I should just repost the words to the Russian Birthday Song. Or, this is a better idea, you can watch the video here.

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September 11, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Boris Alyoshin Update

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From Itar-Tass:

MOSCOW, September 2 (Itar-Tass) – The ex-chief of Russia’s car giant Avtovaz will become an adviser to the director-general of Rostekhnologii state corporation, Sergei Chemezov, said the corporation’s deputy director, Igor Zavyalov.

“Boris Alyoshin was offered to take the post of adviser to the Rostekhnologii director-general and he accepted this proposal,” he told the Vesti news channel on Wednesday.

Earlier, Alyoshin quit the post of the Avtovaz president that he had occupied since September 2007.

At present, Igor Komarov, who served as the car maker’s executive vice-president, heads the company.

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September 4, 2009 at 6:43 PM