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Destined to be at Odds

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Slava Surkov has been showing up frequently in the past few days.  First, for the fifth anniversary of Nashi, where he reportedly said:

If we all go on vacation, the consequences won’t wait. We see what’s happening in Kyrgyzstan — that means we’re needed and have to be at our posts. … Those who chose for themselves the political fight will never be able to relax again….

Well, okay then…

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Written by Nina Jobe

April 17, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Abductions, Chechnya, and Al Jazeera

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I found this story on my Google Reader, but the details were vague, and I was curious to see what other information I could find.  A quick Google News search directed me to this story from Al Jazeera: Chechen rights activist ‘abducted’.  A somewhat different interpretation from the first story, but not necessarily wrong.  Actually, I find it to be much more believable.

The reason I am posting this is because it, once again, forces us to confront the problem of Ramzan Kadyrov. We were told that Chechenisation would solve the problems in Chechnya.  But that is simply not true.  When you have a President of a republic who can commit murder in another country with impunity, or can kidnap a man off the street in Moscow with no questions asked, you have a problem.  And not just a problem with Ramzan Kadyrov as an individual, but with the entire system that was set up by Putin, and Surkov (the supposed author of Chechenisation).  And it proves that Putin’s regional policies have failed miserably.

Written by Nina Jobe

November 6, 2009 at 11:41 AM


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of Vladislav Surkov’s recent interview with Alexander Chudodeyev at Itogi.  I want to go through this line by line with a red pen, because that is what I generally do with Slava’s interviews.  In general, I feel like Slava is saying the right things, but I am not convinced that he is being entirely honest.  He repeats several times the fact that Russia is “a raw material country”, and seems to imply that he sees this as a bad thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Nina Jobe

October 29, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Surkov & the Civiliki

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As you may or may not have noticed, I am a bit obsessed with Slava Surkov.  It has gotten to the point where even I wonder if I have imbued him with more qualities than he actually possesses.  So, I was surprised to discover myself a little sceptical of Stratfor’s breakdown of the clans within the Kremlin.  I do not disagree with the essence of what Friedman says, but with certain facts, and his interpretation of those facts. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

I Did Not Come From Mars

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This is the title of the video from Slava’s recent speech to the Public Chamber.  It comes from a portion of the speech where Slava says, “I did not come from Mars.  I am a guy.  I began work as usual.  I worked at a business.  At a big business.  I was born in the state.  I am not trying to pretend.  I am one of you.”

Speaking of being one of us, Slava may have a MySpace page.  This is almost reason alone for me to go and join MySpace.  If this is truly Slava, I am a happy woman.

Written by Nina Jobe

October 23, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Loyalty As A Litmus Test

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Most people seem to expect that something big will happen within the next month, or so.  Not as big as Sonin’s daydream, but something kind of big.  Medvedev’s speech to the Federal Assembly is coming up, and the expectation is that at least one person will be “transferred”.  The rumours have taken on a life of their own after the recent walkout in the Duma. Read the rest of this entry »