The test for the winner

The complexity of the political system requires free competition of political forcesThousands of anti-government rallies last time - and the reaction of the authorities to these events - show the obvious complexity of the domestic political system. For the first time United Russia" gives a public rebuff to the competitor. President Dmitry Medvedev recommends that the Governor should the multiparty system of regional parliaments. And the Deputy head of the Kremlin administration Vladislav Surkov said in an interview: "the System had to adapt to a changing, complex society.". . . Читать полностью -->

The Rosarkhiv first published secret documents about the Katyn tragedy

The Russian Federal archival Agency (Rosarkhiv) on Wednesday published its first samples of original documents relating to the Katyn tragedy. Thus, Russia has shown the absolute openness on the issue of the massacre of Polish soldiers in 1940 in the USSR, said the head of Rosarkhiv Andrei Artizov.Recall that in the USSR the so-called Katyn archive decades were kept secret as the highest roscrea. Today, ITAR-TASS, it was the Internet, by decision of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev."We, the Russian side demonstrated the absolute openness in the story about what happened in Katyn, what happened in other places with the Polish prisoners of war released by all the major documents about this event", - quotes the words Artizov from the official website of Rosarkhiv "Interfax".In this regard, he said, "the decision on the placement on the official website of the Federal archival Agency of electronic images of original documents about Katyn, stored in the Russian state archive of socio-political history"."I want to say again that the electronic images anywhere on the official websites of governmental our bodies were not offered, and posting on our official website - first," said Artizov. He also noted that because they were of special importance, top-secret, access to them had one."This is the famous document from the package 1, the package that decade was stored in a closed archive of the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee on the rights of special importance, and rip open the package only had the right, the Secretary-General and head of the office of the Central Committee apparatus or head of the General Department in the presence of the Secretary-General. No other access to this package had no", - said the head of the Russian archives.He recalled that the package number 1 was passed by the last General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee to the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin. The package was opened in September 1992 by the Commission on the review of the documents of Archive of the President of the Russian Federation. Читать полностью -->

What stops to get off oil

The institutional weakness of the Russian economy and politics appeared before us without embellishmentK. V. RodionovWhen the crisis began, many politicians and experts spoke about the need to diversify the Russian economy. The vast majority of members of the establishment, including the President, call for ending commodity dependency of Russia, in which the welfare of the country depends on how traders with wall street will react to the latest data on stocks of oil and oil products in the USA.The question for Russia is not new. In the Soviet era was known for the slogan "oil pipe": in 1970-1980th years the massive inflow of petrodollars has given citizens a minimum level of consumption, but also compensated for the lack of competitiveness of products of machine-building industries. The first years of market reforms were a clear illustration of the last point: after the removal of trade barriers the shelves of local stores quickly filled with imported goods, and the Russian motorists have started to change to let used, but still foreign. Читать полностью -->

Modernization risks of Dmitry Medvedev

The main obstacles to the implementation of the Message can be a dissipation of resources, conservatism and inertia of societyKonstantin RemchukovDrive and energy for the preparation of the annual Message Dmitry Medvedev drew in communication with the participants of the discussion of his article "Russia, forward!". The President did not hide that we are talking about a "new political strategy for Russia", and the people who took part in the discussion, merged at least understanding the need for change. The idea of change is the basis of the electoral strategies of recent years in many countries. The most famous of which was the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. Sociology unmistakably suggests: 70% of Americans want change regardless of party affiliation. At the same time in Russia and the Duma, and the presidential campaign was held under the slogan of "continuity". Читать полностью -->

Nice to live not forbid

VIEW Natalia ZhuravlevaOn Wednesday the state Duma rejected the draft law on the tax on luxury items. Its object were to become residential houses, apartments, cottages that cost more than 15 million rubles, expensive cars, and planes, helicopters and yachts. However, the parliamentary majority refused to support amendments to the Tax code, arguing that the law would actually introduced double taxation of property. Moreover, it is unlikely at this "work" budget.The rich should shareThe state Duma as a result of the painful discussions in the plenary meeting on Wednesday rejected a bill to impose a tax on luxuries. Amendments to the Tax code of the Russian Federation were prepared by the SRS. In addition to the "Fair Russia" the bill approved party, the CPRF and the LDPR. Читать полностью -->

A woman leader in the modern world

Appointment in the new government Viktor Zubkov two women can be considered from two points of view: as a political step, as a step caused professional expediency, says a leading researcher, Institute of Europe RAS, political scientist, candidate of economic Sciences Alexander Zaichenko.In interview to the correspondent of radio "TEOS" he said, "it seems to Me that this solution is dominated political step. This happened before the election. There is a struggle for votes for the electorate. Removed two posts (Gref and Zurabov), not particularly popular, and one not very popular (Zurabov, the Minister. And assigned to women. This accomplishes two goals of the policy. Читать полностью -->

Sensational rapprochement of Ukraine and Russia

Signed last month an agreement on the extension until 2042 presence of Russian black sea fleet in Crimea marks the return of Ukraine into the fold of Russia, writes L'express. Immediately upon assuming the office of President, Viktor Yanukovych has engaged in that "erased all traces of the power of his predecessor Viktor Yushchenko, the correspondent Jeremy Lanche."Nothing can stop the thaw in Russian-Ukrainian relations, and a new honeymoon continued on Monday in Kiev, where Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived for the second month of the visit," the newspaper continues. The main purpose of the visit was the signing of a series of bilateral cooperation agreements and the delimitation of the border, and discussion on a very sensitive project of merger of Naftogaz and Gazprom proposed by Moscow. As notes the edition, in this matter the views of Moscow and Kiev disagree, that does not prevent the reigning idyll. Viktor Yanukovych said that this project is impossible, and the Minister of foreign Affairs Konstantin Grishchenko has warned that the country will not relinquish control over Naftogaz, according to the newspaper. "Ukraine, with a variance refers to the idea to trust your greedy neighbor is the most important economic and diplomatic arm of the country, because 80% of Russian gas destined for Europe passes through Ukrainian pipelines," emphasizes Lanche.According to the expert, and Director of the Center for Russia-CIS at the French Institute of international relations Tom Gomara such extremely rapid political change associated with the gas issue, they are all the more striking that there is a "deafening when the silence of the European Union". Читать полностью -->

Knowledgeable, but Who do not perform such technical Christians

Dmitry Sokolov-MitrichThis phrase a couple of months ago dropped in my blog one stranger to me. I asked what he meant, but the man had disappeared. Then I typed "technical Christian" in different Internet search engines, but each time they were given only one reference to the same comment in my blog. Will have to fill this phrase meaning itself. Because it I was hooked. I have a suspicion that technical a Christian - it's me. Читать полностью -->

Who trusts. The Russians more than anyone in the world trust their government

LentaThe credibility of national governments in the world is at its lowest level since 2001. These are the results of a study commissioned by the world economic forum.Of the 16 countries in which the survey was conducted, only in a single - Russian - citizen trust in government over the last five years not only has not decreased, but increased significantly.In the remaining countries: Argentina, Brazil, Britain, Germany, India, Indonesia, Spain, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Turkey, USA, France and South Korea - the level of citizens ' trust in national governments in 2005 either decreased or remained at the same level.However, in 12 out of 16 countries the level of trust in national governments in 2005 reached the lowest level since September 2001, when terrorist attacks occurred in the United States.Much more than national governments, citizens trust the United Nations, according to the research. However, in 2005, 12 out of 16 countries the level of trust in the UN has dropped significantly, according to sociologists, it is connected with the scandal about the abuse within the program Oil in exchange for food.Don't trust large multinational corporations. The credibility of citizens fallen sharply after publicized bankruptcy of Enron Corporation, and has not reached the level of 2002. In 2005, the majority of residents of Canada, USA and South Korea, who participated in the survey for the first time since 2001, announced his distrust of multinational corporations.The greatest support among residents of 16 countries, according to the survey, use of international non-governmental organizations. Trust of these organizations stated an average of 29 percent of respondents, while the UN trust only 14 percent.The study was conducted by GlobeScan Incorporated by the order of the world economic forum in June-August 2005. Читать полностью -->

Radicalism ceases to be property of the Russian character, " said Director of the Institute of sociology, RAS

Radical ceases to be property of the Russian character, which was hundreds of years in a row."One of the most important changes in public consciousness of Russia for the last ten years is that over the years, stability has become the go to minimize the phenomenon of "radical consciousness of the masses," says the Director of the Institute of sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, member-correspondent of the Russian Academy of Sciences Mikhail Gorshkov.According to him, "this is a new feature of Russian mentality: self-control and sequence of operations before the masses was not very typical"."To collect today Russian radical protest impossible: neither the political power nor, more importantly, a unified, cohesive and internally organized social base," said Gorshkov in an interview published today in "to the Russian newspaper".Sociologists are not celebrated in Russia, "signs of a sharp growth of protest moods… irritation rather than General discontent"."The crisis," according to the scientist, in a way, "sobered" mass consciousness… made people not so much to believe how to understand"."The Russians," says Gorshkov, turned out to be wiser, more restrained than many well-known experts, which, sorry, literally in hysterics fought, predicting a global catastrophe and total chaos in the country as a result of the crisis.". . . . . . Читать полностью -->

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