Alexander Etkind

For Alexander Etkind's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Oct 10, 2011

No country for younger, self-made oligarchs

Mikhail Prokhorov, the owner of gold mines in Siberia and a professional basketball team in the United States, is one of Russia's richest men, with a net worth of $18 billion. This past June, he agreed to lead a center-right political party to contest ...

Commentary / World Sep 20, 2009

Putin's preferred memory of World War II

CAMBRIDGE, England — Soviet ideology was always about the future. By contrast, today's official Russian ideology seems to be focused squarely on the past. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's recent article for the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza — written to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ...

Commentary / World Mar 3, 2009

Kremlin too blinkered to save its monopoly

CAMBRIDGE, England — Ever since Vladimir Putin came to power a decade ago, the Kremlin regime has relied on two pillars: the security forces and energy exports. By suppressing internal rivals and absorbing their assets, the regime created a dual monopoly. Redistributing some of ...