Editor-in-Chief of Russkymir.ru magazine (since 2007); former Co-Chairman of the Federal Political Council of the Pravoe Delo Party (since 2008)
Previous positions: Worked at the Department of History in Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences; editor and head of the political section of Kommersant newspaper; Editor-in-Chief of Izvestia newspaper (since 1992); Editor-in-Chief of business magazines Profile and Karyera (Career), published by the Rodionov Publishing House (2004-2007)
Russia’s anti-corruption campaign looks like an attempt to “nationalize” the state elite by increasing their stakes in Russian institutions. To this end, bureaucrats have been banned from possessing foreign shares, bank accounts and certain other assets. Yet statistics show that the Russian public would be in favor of even stronger measures.
Russian business and the Russian authorities will be increasingly seen in Europe as elements of an alien culture with an unclear decision-making mechanism. The authorities disregard development forms and ideas that could help advance the country. There are obvious problems in Russia due to the declining pace of economic development and unresolved social problems.
The Open Government is not meant to aid dialogue between the authorities and the people. It provides for dialogue of a limited number of experts with the government. But this is not a stick. We have only one stick in the country and that is Vladimir Putin.
It is difficult to split the opposition any further. It has demonstrated a complete inability to come to terms. Navalny’s work for Aeroflot can’t deepen the rift between the opposition leaders because their political, economic and even philosophical views are already poles apart.
Homosexuality is still classified as a crime in more than 80 countries and in seven, it is punishable by death. So why should Russia set an example of liberalism on this particular issue if its legislation is far from liberal on almost all others?
As far as public television in Russia is concerned, it’s all about projects. Probably it will take the form of another state channel, similar to the First channel, the Russian television channel and some other channels in the regions.
Russia is unlikely to face a change of leadership in 2012, not only because the opposition can’t get its act together, but also because it has failed to connect with Russians beyond the urban middle class.