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Who is Ksenia Sobchak?

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  • 30 December 2017

An unlikely presidential candidate, in 2017 socialite and TV personality, Ksenia Sobchak, announced her intention to run in the Russian Presidential Election 2018. She claimed this would be an ‘against all’[1] bid for the presidency.

Ksenia Sobchak will be the first woman to run for the Russian presidency in fourteen years. This move was greeted with cynicism and intrigue in Russia and the W

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How The Russian Presidential Election Works

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  • 27 December 2017

Since 2008, Russian presidents are directly elected to a six-year term and are limited to serving a maximum of two.

The Russian president is elected in a two round system. The first round (March 18) features all registered candidates on the ballot. If no candidate reaches a majority of votes, the second round takes place three weeks later and is a run-off between the two candidates with the highest vote.

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Russia: Four Things to Watch in 2018

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  • 22 December 2017

1. Putin's Probable Re-election

The 2018 presidential election is not so much about who will win, but who will later succeed Putin. According to the Russian constitution, Putin has one six-year term remaining. By the end of this term (2024), he will be in his 70s.

There appears no obvious successor emerging in the background. However, Putin himself was never expected to succeed Boris Yeltsin. This has led many commenta

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What Can Democrats Learn From Alabama’s Doug Jones?

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  • 30 November 2017

In ordinary circumstances, Doug Jones would already be preparing to move to Washington DC. The former prosecutor famous for convicting KKK members for a church bombing is up against gay bashing, God and gun lovin’, twice kicked out of elected office, Judge Roy Moore. A man who has eight accusers of sexual assault, all of whom were underage at the time of the allegations.

Yet, if one looks at all the recent polls, they show a ti

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Identitatea europeană, asiatică sau eurasiatică a Rusiei. Discursuri intelectuale, teorii speculative și luări de poziție ideologice

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  • 6 November 2017

Problema filiației culturale multiple a identității rusești a reprezentat de-a lungul ultimelor trei secole și ceva o constantă a preocupărilor elitelor din Rusia, cunoscând un reviriment alimentat ideologic și politic în deceniile de după destrămarea Uniunii Sovietice și rămânând extrem de actuală în cea mai strictă contemporaneitate. În discursul acestor elite problema identității rusești lua inevitabil în considerare raportarea Rusiei la genomul cultural și ins

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The Revolution at 100, Stalin’s Terror at 80, Russia at 27

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  • 4 November 2017

 The Russian Government hoped nobody would notice, and sure enough, most of you did not. The 80th anniversary of the order that began the ‘Great Terror’ was ignored for lavish celebrations of Naval Day. In addition, the unveiling of the ‘Wall of Sorrows’ was ignored due to the release of Matilda.

As President Vladimir Putin stood at a podium in St. Petersburg earlier this year speaking of the high morals and professi

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Matilda: what was all the fuss about?

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  • 30 October 2017

So there I was, opening night of the most controversial film of the year. I paid my 370 rubles for a ticket to see the much anticipated Matilda: secret of the Romanov house. As I walked in, I noticed two police officers; not the norm for any Russian cinema, and they were also there when I left. It turns out nobody wanted a scene caused so it was just a precaution.

As the theatre filled up, I noticed something about the

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Matricea şi „Matrioşka”

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  • 15 October 2017

Deşi nu de neocolit, ne întrebăm adeseori cui serveşte o prezentare de carte. Să fie destinată potenţialului cititor pentru a-i facilita înţelegerea, să fie îndreptată chiar înspre mintea autorului de curând eliberată de ipotezele şi teoriile din lucrare, o liniştire asupra temei propriei valori, o zgândărire plăcută a orgoliului ? Să fie un mijloc sigur de publicitate comercială sau numai o modă trecătoare deşi aparent perenă ?  Orice s-ar spune în legătură cu as

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Coreea: calcule și efecte

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  • 17 September 2017

Pe 9 martie 2017 scriam despre criza din peninsula Coreea câteva opinii  http://adevarul.ro/international/in-lume/coreea-nord-ecuatia-geopolitica-scurt-issim-1_58c122ad5ab6550cb82913f9/index.html , iar ultimul paragraf era acesta: „Contextul personal al liderului nord-coreean face să fie astăzi mai probabilă o criză acută aici, d

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The Left’s Elusive Message: Old hats are still old, the Anglo-American case (part II)

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  • 12 September 2017

The phrase ‘old hat’, as one would expect, means something that is tediously familiar or outdated. Yet, walking through Shoreditch or Brooklyn, old hats seem stylish. What the owners of such hats probably aren’t willing to admit is that they paid around five times what the original owner did. This could be a metaphor for the political climate in the US and UK today.

Last week I wrote about who the left in British and American p

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