The Wired Cold War

Guests: Ekaterina Babintseva and Slava Gerovitch on cybernetics in the United States and Soviet Union.

Duma Elections

The Putinian Waltz

Two steps back, one step forward. It’s not the Watusi. It’s certainly not the hokey-pokey. Perhaps it’s a waltz. Whatever the dance step Vladimir Putin

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Political Upgrades

Sergei Mironov, the leader of Just Russia, calls it “Socialism 3.0”.  An interesting choice of words considering that this year marks the 90th Anniversary of

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The Electoral Muscle

The pawns are moving into place. Kommersant reports that Nashi’s “muscle”, the Voluntary Youth Militia (Dobrovol’naia molodezhnaia druzhina, DMD) has offered its “help” to the

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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

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Whither LDPR?

While the latest VTsIOM numbers demonstrate the continued collapse of Russian liberal parties, it seems that their not the only ones with a “dark cloud”

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Let the Games Begin!

The date is set. Putin signed a decree designating 1 December election day to the State Duma. The vote opens up all 450 seats for

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