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

December 16, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Development

Russian Press Review. PUTIN PROMISED POLITICAL REFORMS TO THE NATION

ИТАР-ТАСС

Later it turned out that Putin’s opinion of the developments of December 10 is not so simple. He took white ribbons, with which the protesters came to the Bolotny Square, for a symbol of the struggle against AIDS. So, on the one hand, Putin expressed respect for the protesters, but, on the other hand, he made some belittling remarks about them, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. Boris Makarenko, an expert, pointed to one more detail in Putin’s speech, which he thinks is also a response to the protest action: “For the first time ever the Prime Minister spoke so much about modernization and its comprehensive character, including the political sphere. It is not accidental that he mentioned the problem after the elections and the rally in the Bolotny Square.”

Россия в иностранной прессе

PUTIN OFFERS TO EASE GRIP, BUT WON'T ANNUL ELECTION

Wall Street Journal

Boris Makarenko, an analyst at the Center for Political technologies, a Moscow political consultant, said the proposed reforms were clear results of the demonstrations. «For years, even talking about these was considered a political sin,» he said. «I heard some interesting elements,» Mr. Makarenko said. «But I didn't hear a unified strategy from Putin the presidential candidate.» With no serious competitors in the campaign, «it's not a question of whether it's enough to win the election,» he said. «The question is do the authorities understand society's demands well enough to be able to rule for six years.»

O FIM DE UMA ERA NA RÚSSIA

Correio Internacional (Бразилия)

Igor Yurgens, chefe do Instituto de Desenvolvimento Contemporâneo (e ex-apoiador do presidente Dmitri Medvedev) reclama que o Kremlin “subestima a diferença entre a sociedade que se tornou sofisticada e avançada e as relações feudais que operam nos escalões mais altos do poder estatal”.