Policy Memos by Ivan Kurilla

Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

In the 15 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia has been forced to reinterpret its role in international relations, reformulating its national interests and crafting new methods of...

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

Former Yukos chairman Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s letter warning of the inevitable “left turn” in Russian politics that would follow an emerging left turn in Russian society was one of the topics of discussion...

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012
Four years in contemporary Russian politics is an era. From one election cycle to another we have witnessed great changes in Russian society. The particularities first introduced in 2000...
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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012
It has been a busy season for elections in Russia, with gubernatorial contests in St. Petersburg and Sverdlovsk (Ekaterinburg), the presidential election in Chechnya, and mayoral...
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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012
During the first years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian president Boris Yeltsin’s administration paid little or no attention to the old symbols of Russian national pride....
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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

From many viewpoints Uryupinsk is the “capital city of Russia’s provinces.” Its name is so widely used in anecdotes about Russian “country-bumpkins” that many Russians believe that it is the creation of some storyteller. Uryupinsk, however, really exists.

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

Late in 2000, a series of gubernatorial elections will be held in 34 regions of Russia. The elections are complicated by the ongoing reformation of the Russian federal system undertaken by President Vladimir Putin. Another factor in these electoral campaigns is the...

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Ivan Kurilla 07-23-2012

Southern Russia is undoubtedly of strategic importance. Its figures are not too impressive: with about 13% of Russia's total population, the region produces 15.5% of the country's agriculture and just slightly over 5% of its industry. Looking at a map (see below),...

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