Commentary | THE VIEW FROM MOSCOW Jan 20, 2006

Even a child knows better

by Constantine Pleshakov

MOSCOW -- Occasionally, we all get wrong ideas about ourselves. A middle-aged person starts dressing like Leonardo di Caprio, a pizza deliveryman begins emulating "The Godfather," a school teacher turns herself into a Gestapo interrogator. Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided he was Napoleon. Two ...

Commentary | THE VIEW FROM MOSCOW Jan 3, 2006

Putin 'exiles' the high court

by Constantine Pleshakov

MOSCOW -- Exiling someone is so very Russian. Although centuries passed by and regimes changed, authorities retained exile as a great tool of punishment and manipulation. Less objectionable than execution or imprisonment, it effectively uprooted and silenced the regimes' opponents -- and sometimes destroyed ...