Stories about Russia from December, 2005
President Putin's economic adviser Andrei Illarionov resigned, charging Russia with corporatism. Sean Guillory examines the charges, looks at capitalism in Russia, and asks how far it is from the global norm.
Russia: Gas War
br23 blog weighs in on the Ukraine-Russia gas war, calling it one of the most important regional battles since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Russia: Free Product Placement
Russia Marketing Blog discusses how free PR and product placement made a certain Russian brand that has never advertised one of the world's most recognizable.
Russia: Not Enough Cows
Alistair reports that demand for dairy is on the rise in Russia while the number of cows in the country is falling.
Russia: NGO Bill
Sean Guillory notes that Russia's controversial new bill on NGOs has passed a second reading in the State Duma. It has undergone minor technical changes, but it is still set to enormously impact relations between the state and civil society.
Russia: Heavy Traffic
Cyber-Generation reports that it's the busiest time of year in Moscow as people prepare for the holidays and has photos of some of the horrible traffic.
Russia: Domestic Violence
Sean Guillory discusses domestic violence in Russia.
Russia: Ded Moroz
Russia's Ded Moroz (Old Man Frost) is often mistaken for a Russian version of Santa Claus who brings gifts on New Year's. And while the comparison more or less works now, Konstantin of Russian Marketing Blog points out his history is quite different.
Russia: End of the Line
Scraps of Moscow continues its “End of the Line” series with photos from the southern end of Moscow's green line, Red Guard station.
Ukraine: The Coming Showdown
Scott W. Clark discusses the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine and how the EU may become involved.
Russia: False Vodka Advertising
Russia Marketing Blog reports that the government is taking steps to stop the marketing of vodka as such things as candy or mineral water.
Russia: The Revolving Door
Scraps of Moscow reports on the revolving Russo-German door–in which Gerhard Schroeder has taken a position with a major (Russia's) Gazprom-led gas pipeline project shortly after leaving office.
Carpetblogger reports the demise of a beloved (well, by some people anyway) Russian automobile, the Volga.
Russia: What works in Europe…
Russian Marketing Blog points out that advertisements that work in Europe are hard to understand in Russia.
Russia: Framing Debate
David McDuff writes about how the Russian government manipulates language to frame public debate.
Russia: Moscow Municipals
Sean Guillory reports on the Moscow municipal elections, which many view as a preview of the 2007 parliamentary and 2008 presidential elections.
Russia: New Immigration Forms
Cyber-Generation reports on new Russian immigration forms.