INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated April 18, 2019

January 18, 2012

Россия в иностранной прессе

DIE SCHEINWELT DES «LIDERS»

Die Tageszeitung

Der Kreml hat die Initiative aus der Hand gegeben. «Wir dürfen nicht die Massen der Leute außer Acht lassen, die nach den Parlamentswahlen demonstriert haben», sagte selbst der Kremlberater Igor Jurgens.

EX-PUTIN ALLY, PARATROOPER, VOWS TO END PREMIER’S 12-YEAR RULE

Bloomberg

While Mironov and another challenger, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, are in the presidential race with Putin’s blessing, their campaigns are loosening the premier’s grip, said Boris Makarenko of the Center for Political Technologies in Moscow.

Prokhorov has also pledged another parliamentary vote in December and to serve only four years as president. Both he and Mironov have called for the release of jailed Yukos Oil Co. owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who accuses Putin of political persecution. Prokhorov said yesterday he’d name Khodorkovsky prime minister if he’s elected.

“It’s about an imitation of pluralism in the presidential election but if Putin tries to stifle competition this will be damaging for him above all,” said Makarenko. “Society is ready for more pluralism and the political system is lagging behind.”

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT MOVES TO REINSTATE GOVERNOR ELECTIONS

The Voice of Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has submitted a bill to Parliament, calling for the reinstatement of direct vote elections of Russian regional governors, in what many see as an attempt by the ruling party to demonstrate a more democratic government. But critics argue that this seemingly progressive stance towards local direct elections comes with a catch. Boris Makarenko, Director of the Political Technologies Center, says the bill suggests that parties may consult the president. However, it remains to be seen if this measure turns into a “residential filter.”