No Cossack Love for Cathy

We’ve seen rioting over WWII burials and protests against resurrecting a statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky. But a protest against a statue to Catherine the Great!? Yes. It seems in some quarters Russia’s history as a whole, and not just its communist past, is cause for nationalist outrage. Reuters reports that a plan to build a […]

Lights! Camera! Action!

The Russian electoral season is already unfolding like a stage performance.  Putin, who we might refer to as the Director, announced the date for his troupe’s first performance: the State Duma elections scheduled for December 1.  Kommersant Vlast’ has a thorough breakdown of its prediction of how the 450 Duma seats will be divided.  The […]