INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated June 28, 2019

December 8, 2011

Россия в иностранной прессе

GORBACHEV ADDS TO CRITICISM OF RUSSIA VOTE. Ex-Soviet Leader Says Elections Don't Reflect Will of People; Anti-Kremlin Protesters Gear Up for a Rally on Saturday

The Wall Street Journal

"People are tired of the same faces," Igor Yurgens, a liberal adviser to President Dmitry Medvedev, was quoted by a prominent blogger as saying. "I fear that if the presidential election campaign goes in the same way, we will have a very serious situation."

THE CONVENTIONAL VICTORY OF PUTIN’S PARTY

Russia Briefing

Investors’ concerns could worsen if Putin ramps up government spending to calm down displeased voters. “He’s likely to spend more. That’s what he’s done as prime minister. He’s already raised the salaries of the army and pensioners, and he’s about to do it for teachers,” Boris Makarenko of the Centre for Political Technologies think tank said to reporters. “Tightening the bolts would be the worst option. It won’t work and it’s not what voters who turned away from him want.”