Tag: Kremlin

On Russian State TV, The Kremlin’s N°1 Pundit Tries To Sell Change Without Change

As the infamous head of the state press agency “Rossiya Segodnya,” Dmitry Kiselyov’s job is to sell the Kremlin’s viewpoint to a foreign and domestic audience. But in the October 1st edition of “News of the week,” the flagship news show of Russian state TV channel “Rossiya24”, the conservative and traditionalist Kiselyov did something slightly ...

BMB: “Putin believes his next mandate will be his last” – An interview with Tatiana Stanovaya

Interview published on the Bear Market Brief website on October 11th 2017. To say the very least, Russia has entered a period of interesting politics. Governors are being fired, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny remains a thorn in Putin’s side in the run up to the presidential election in March. What to make of all ...

RuNet Echo: On Telegram, Russian Politics and Memes Translate Into Big Bucks

Article published on the RuNet Echo website on September 29 2017. With more than 90,000 subscribers, the Telegram channel “MDK” is not just one of the most popular one-stop shops for Russian-language memes on the messenger app. It’s also a profitable business. MDK’s administrator told RuNet Echo he charges 25,000 rubles ($420) for a single ...

BMB: Russia – In Search of the Unexpected – The September 10th elections in the regions

Article published on the Bear Market Brief on September 19, 2017. The electoral success of the United Democrats in Moscow on 10 September was the most widely commented upon after the more than 6,000 local and regional elections held across Russia that day (see this report by the Moscow Times). Surprises were harder to find in the ...

BMB: Russia – The September 10th gubernatorial elections – What’s the Deal?

Bear Market Brief / On September 10th, 16 Russian regions will hold gubernatorial elections. Nearly all of the leading candidates were named acting governors by Vladimir Putin either this year or last, and there is little doubt that they will secure victory. But the vote, less than a year before the presidential election, will represent ...