President of the Center for Political Information.
Author of more than 100 scientific papers, including — monographs in the field of political science and Russian history.
Member of the Association of Historians of intelligence services.
Hobbies — Eastern philosophy, psychology, world religions.
The main result of Sergei Shoigu’s first year as a minister is “an increased level of trust not only between senior officers and the minister, but in the armed forces in general.” The old things that worked well were returned, and the armed forces have been socialized to a certain extent.
News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.
The President’s best decision during his first year in office is the start of an anticorruption fight and the dismissal of Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov (replaced by the popular Sergei Shoigu). As for his worst decision, it is appointing Dmitry Medvedev as Prime Minister, something that sparked quite a serious negative reaction.
A grey cardinal, a con artist, fortune’s darling, the face of the era – Russian and foreign experts agree on one thing: the late Boris Berezovsky was an extraordinary and at the same time contradictory man.
Ukraine’s participation in the Customs Union, in whatever form, is one of the most important issues for its European partners, who hope that Ukraine will not integrate with Russia. An agreement on the lease of Ukraine’s gas pipeline system would upset those who favor an alliance with Europe.
The West pretends that its prescriptions for the world arrangement are the most effective. The East agrees but acts as it sees fit. In this context, Russia is simply obliged to offer a third way that takes into account the ideas of the West and the potential of the East. Western elites fear the reemergence of the USSR for a reason – this prospect is based on objective political reality.
Experts believe that Medvedev used the interview not as an opportunity to tout his accomplishments as prime minister but to maintain and revitalize his image as a dynamic politician who is willing to speak on issues that go beyond his official responsibilities as prime minister.