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Articles by Nikolai Petrov

DEMOCRACY, RUSSIAN-STYLE

By Nikolai Petrov December's elections to the Russian State Duma will be the first to be held under conditions of political stabilization, with ongoing federal reform, a considerably stronger center

THE WAR IN IRAQ: REACTIONS FROM RUSSIA’S REGIONS

by Nikolai Petrov Russia is a country that encompasses an enormous range of socio-political and ethnic-confessional conditions. Foreign political developments, therefore, can have various--and sometimes opposing--effects on different parts of

THE WAR IN IRAQ AND THE MYTH OF PUTIN

By Nikolai Petrov The war in Iraq has had a strong impact on the domestic politics of many countries, including Russia. Its influence can be seen, for example, in the

ELECTIONS, RUSSIAN STYLE

By Nikolai Petrov Politics in Russia over the past few months has been dominated by surprising developments in regional elections. In Nizhny Novgorod, until recently the showcase for reform, elections

TROSHEV OUSTER AND THE CHECHNYA POLICY

By Nikolai Petrov A major scandal erupted late last year (2002) when General-Colonel Gennady Troshev, army commander in Russia's North Caucasus Military District (MD), publicly refused his Defense Ministry transfer

FEDERAL REFORM, TWO AND A HALF YEARS ON

By Nikolai Petrov "Who are you, Mister Putin?" many journalists asked two years ago, after Boris Yeltsin suddenly stepped down, handing the reins of Russia to Vladimir Putin. One answer

A TALE OF TWO REFERENDA.

By Nikolai Petrov This article will run in a two-part series. Part 2 will follow in the next issue of Prism. Part 1: Moscow Oblast INTRODUCTION