It is advisable for each country to have a sound and realistic economic and social development strategy. At this moment in history, Russia is going through more than one crisis, some of them imposed by the global economic situation and some obviously self-made. So, ...
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It is high time for Russians to be reminded of the ideals on which perstroika were based.
As Russia prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its victory over Hitler, it is increasingly coming under the grip of "Russism" — a hybrid form of Nazism.
Independent of the current economic crisis, Russia's labor market has entered a deep, prolonged decline in its economically active population.
In today's Russia, traditional forms of employment with stable wages and a more or less transparent system of social security have given way to shadow-market-style labor relations with badly documented part-time jobs and nontransparent methods of remuneration.
All the colonial empires of the 20th century have given way to young nation-states and to a new kind of relations between a capital and its former colonies, yet official Russia goes on shedding tears about its disintegrated empire.
The bicontinental nature of Russia is reflected in its national symbol, a double-headed eagle looking in two directions. That eagle finds itself in a precarious spot now that it must look around for as many non-Western partners and openings for business as possible.
Perhaps what is most amazing and regretful about the situation in Russia is the nearly complete absence of truth and objectivity in the mass media covering Ukrainian events.
President Vladimir Putin wants a strong sovereign and prosperous Russia, but he believes that Russians are incapable of deciding for themselves and need a shepherd with a whip — an almighty autocrat.
Only a few economists in Russia seem to stress the importance of understanding the impact of the current mass outflow of capital and the sharp deterioration of the situation in world commodity markets.