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More articles about Yegor Gaidar’s death:

Business Week got responses from Boris Nemtsov, and Jeffrey Sachs (both of whom worked with Gaidar at one time or another).

“Many people in our country didn’t like Gaidar, even hated him…. But back in the 1990s, Gaidar had to choose between a bloody civil war and painful economic reforms. He chose the latter and saved us all.” –Boris Nemtsov

Luke Harding reminds us of Gaidar’s poisoning three years ago (I had forgotten this, but it happened shortly after Litvinenko’s murder, and the Brits freaked out).

Wall Street Journal has more quotes in a sidebar.

He had courage to stand up for his position that he never concealed. … He was a man of great erudition and could answer any question. He made a great contribution to Russia’s economic science. I am very sorry that such people die so young. –Vladimir Zhirinovsky

And finally, another memory of Gaidar.

Written by Nina Jobe

December 16, 2009 at 2:30 PM

I am Wearing Black

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today because I assume you are in mourning.”

Note the use of the pronoun “you”.  Not “we are in mourning”.  But “you are in mourning”.

When I first saw the video, it appeared as though Medvedev was wearing a red shirt, and I wondered at the significance of that.  But then I looked for pictures, and he is wearing all black.

I am also having difficulty identifying everyone at the table here.  But I found a list of names, and their titles in Russian.  Those in attendance were:

Boris Gryzlov — Duma Chairman;

Sergei Mironov — Federal Chamber Chairman;

Vladimir Zhirinovsky — Liberal Democratic Party Chairman;

Gennady Zyuganov — Communist Party Chairman;

Igor Lebedev — Faction Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party in the State Duma (also happens to be the son of Vladimir Zhirinovsky);

Nikolai Levichev — A Just Rusia Party Chairman (next to Gryzlov in the photo);

Vyacheslav Volodin — Deputy Speaker of the State Duma;

Ivan Melnikov — vice-chairman of the Communist Party;

Vladislav Surkov — First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration.

For more pictures go here, here, and here.