Presidential Piggy Bank

A few weeks ago, Dmitry Medvedev announced that Russia’s top officials would reveal their incomes as part of an anti-corruption campaign.  When I heard this I wondered whether that disclosure would include any of the money they’ve most likely picked up over the last eight years.  After all, Medvedev was the chair of Gazprom’s board […]

Russian Cinema’s “Congress of Victors”

The politics of culture is perhaps more contentious in Russia than in other countries. Since the 1930s, there has been a close relationship between the state and artistic creative unions.  The best historical example of this was when Socialist Realism became state policy with Stalin’s 1932 decree “On the Reconstruction of Literary and Art Organizations.” […]