Political Developments in Contemporary Russia

Political Developments in Contemporary Russia

Political Developments in Contemporary Russia

Political Developments in Contemporary Russia


This book provides a comprehensive overview of political developments in Russia since late 2000, following on from where the author's previous publication, The New Russia, left off. It covers all aspects of politics including the highly centralized nature of power in Russia, central government and presidential elections, regional government and developments in the republics, including unrest in Chechnya and the other Caucasian republics, and human rights. Taking a chronological approach, it shows how politics overall has changed over the period, including how the relationship between Prime Minister (formerly President) Vladimir Putin and President Dmitri Medvedev has worked out. The book continues - and adds to -- the overview of developments in the author's The new Russia (2002), and is the companion volume to Economic developments in contemporary Russia (2011) - both published by Routledge.


9 December 2000. The State Duma approves the restoration of the Soviet anthem. ‘The idea was proposed by Putin but opposed by Yeltsin’ (IHT, 9 December 2000, p. 2). ‘The Soviet national anthem was first broadcast nationally on 1 January 1944’ (IHT, 20 December 2000, p. 13). The Tsarist tricolour flag (white, blue and red stripes) is made official. Also approved are the Tsarist two-headed eagle as the national coat of arms and the Soviet-era red flag (minus the hammer and sickle) as the official banner of the armed forces. (The Senate gave its approval on 20 December 2000 and the president on 26 December 2000.)

Boris Berezovsky said he had reversed his decision to set up a trust and
hand over his stake in … ORT … to journalists and cultured figures because
he realized he could not win the battle with the government … [He] has
abandoned his effort to prevent the government from taking control of his
stake in … [the] television network.

(Guardian, 9 December 2000, p. 23)

12 December 2000. Vladimir Gusinsky is arrested in Spain on the basis of an international warrant issued by Russia.

The Spanish police arrested … Vladimir Gusinsky … acting on a warrant alleg
ing fraud that was issued by the prosecutor here [in Moscow] through Interpol
… Interpol’s headquarters announced that it has asked the Russian Interpol
bureau, which is part of the interior ministry, to clarify the legal grounds of the
warraties of political, religious or racial character’.

(IHT, 13 December 2000, pp. 1, 10)

‘Moscow’s warrant had not yet been sanctioned by Interpol headquarters’ (IHT, 14 December 2000, p. 12).

‘The governments of France and Britain as well as the headquarters of Interpol … rejected … the request by Russia’s federal security service … returning it to Moscow with a request for further evidence’ (IHT, 19 March 2001, p. 8).

(On 22 December Gusinsky was released on bail but held under house arrest in Spain.) . . .

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