Elena Chinyaeva

Elena Chinyaeva holds a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University and is a writer for Kommersant-Vlast, a leading Russian political weekly.

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Articles by Elena Chinyaeva

PUTIN’S SUMMITRY

By Elena Chinyaeva Pundits have long argued that the age of summits is over, that in the post-Cold War world there is no need for the leaders of the competing

PUTIN’S STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

By Elena Chinyaeva Russian presidents, like their American counterparts, have a constitutional obligation to address lawmakers each year. This address, which in Russia is delivered to the Federal Assembly, has

MOSCOW: DEATH OF A DEPUTY

By Elena Chinyaeva I was talking to a friend on the phone with the TV on when the news was announced that Sergei Yushenkov had been killed. In disbelief I

CHECHNYA: THE END IN SIGHT?

by Elena Chinyaeva On March 23, a referendum took place in the war torn Chechen republic in the south of Russia. Voters were presented with three questions, involving: Approval of

THE POLITICS OF GENDER IN RUSSIA

by Elena Chinyaeva March 8 is still celebrated in Russia as "international women's day," with men scurrying to buy flowers for their loved ones and organizations buying presents for their

THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY, LOST IN THE DARK

By Elena Chinyaeva At face value, the economic results of the last year in Russia are rather good: The economy grew by 4.2 percent, which is more than the 3.5-4

RUSSIA’S ELECTORAL SYSTEM

By Elena Chinyaeva In September, the Russian electoral system was dealt a major blow: The results of two elections, for the posts of Krasnoyarsk governor and Nizhny Novgorod mayor, were

THE ODD COUPLE

By Elena Chinyaeva Long a staunch proponent of the unification with Russia, Belarusan President Alyaksandr Lukashenka appears now to be its foremost opponent, thus entering into an awkward alliance with

RUSSIA’S LEGISLATURE SERVES THE EXECUTIVE

By Elena Chinyaeva The political season in Russia is over. Both chambers of parliament have left for summer vacation, the Duma on July 1 and the Federation Council on July

RUSSIA AND THE FATF BLACKLIST

By Elena Chinyaeva Russian officials made a presentation last month to the Financial Action Task Force, a twenty-nine-nation agency the G-7 countries established in 1989 to combat money laundering. They

PUTIN MARKS HIS FIRST TWO YEARS IN OFFICE

By Elena Chinyaeva March 26 of this year marked the midway point of President Vladimir Putin's first term as president and, as such, was a convenient date for drawing intermediate

THE PLIGHT OF INDEPENDENT MASS MEDIA IN RUSSIA

By Elena Chinyaeva In late January the television channel TV-6 was taken off the airwaves after the Press Ministry implemented a court order that the channel's parent company be liquidated,

RUSSIA’S ECONOMY: AN UNCERTAIN SUCCESS

By Elena Chinyaeva While Russia's leadership remains optimistic regarding the prospects for the country's economy, the statistics paint a less certain picture. Last year's inflation was 18.5 percent rather than

INTERNAL POLITICAL INTRIGUES

By Elena Chinyaeva As President Vladimir Putin has been making one successful international appearance after another--clear, pro-Western and predictable--Russian internal politics has been developing its own way--murky, Byzantine and incomprehensible

REFORM’S PARADOXES

By Elena Chinyaeva For the second consecutive year the Russian parliament has postponed its summer vacation to deal with legislation designed to become the basis for structural reforms. The cost

RUSSIA IN THE CIS: THE HIGH COSTS OF EXPANSION

By Elena Chinyaeva In 1927, when the transformation of the Soviet Union into a real unionist state was gathering momentum, the Russian emigre historian Georgy Vernadsky asserted that the Soviet

BELARUS AT THE POLITICAL CROSSROADS

By Elena Chinyaeva On November 30, the presidents of Belarus and Russia, Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin, signed an agreement about the introduction, in 2005, of the ruble as the