Russian Elections http://nhpr.org en Young Russian Politician Fights From The Bottom Up http://nhpr.org/post/young-russian-politician-fights-bottom Russians continue to take to the streets to air their grievances against the government of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. But now, after Putin's election this month to a six-year term as president, the crowds number only in the hundreds — not the tens of thousands that turned out before the vote.<p>In the words of writer Boris Akunin, a popular speaker at the earlier rallies: "The civic movement has entered a new phase. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:03:00 +0000 2632 at http://nhpr.org Young Russian Politician Fights From The Bottom Up Remaking Russia's Military: Big Plans, Few Results http://nhpr.org/post/remaking-russias-military-big-plans-few-results Every May, Russia displays its military might in a parade on Victory Day, commemorating the surrender of the Nazis to the Soviet Union in World War II.<p>The marching men and rolling tanks put on an impressive show, but Russia's military, and especially its defense industry, has fallen on hard times.<p>"The industry, much like other parts of the economy, hasn't seen proper investment for over a decade, if not more," says Lilit Gevorgyan, a Russia analyst for the defense industry consultant IHS Jane's.<p>During his campaign for president, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised to modern Wed, 07 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 2361 at http://nhpr.org Remaking Russia's Military: Big Plans, Few Results After Fraud Charges, Russian Election Under Scrutiny http://nhpr.org/post/after-fraud-charges-russian-election-under-scrutiny Just three months ago, Russia's parliamentary elections prompted widespread allegations of fraud and drove thousands of protesters into the streets in the days afterward.<p>The Russian government and government critics both say they are trying to prevent a similar outcome in Sunday's presidential poll.<p>Valdimir Putin, who has been either the president or the prime minister for the past 12 years, is widely expected to win another six-year term as president. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 2276 at http://nhpr.org After Fraud Charges, Russian Election Under Scrutiny Putin Heavily Favored As Russians Pick A President http://nhpr.org/post/putin-heavily-favored-russians-pick-president When Russians go to the polls Sunday, they will have several choices for president. But none is a serious threat to Vladimir Putin, who has been the most powerful figure in Russia for the past 12 years.<p>Boris Makarenko, a longtime observer of Russian politics, says the candidates arrayed against Putin are all more or less part of what Kremlin leaders call "the systemic opposition."<p>In other words, he says, they are "the tolerable opposition ... Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 2242 at http://nhpr.org Putin Heavily Favored As Russians Pick A President As Election Nears, Russians Express Frustrations http://nhpr.org/post/election-nears-russians-express-frustrations Cars decorated with white ribbons and carnations drove around Moscow's Garden Ring Road in a wet snow this past Sunday, honking cheerfully to the thousands of demonstrators on the sidewalk who formed a human chain around the city.<p>Elena Korobova was a link in that chain.<p>"I want to get rid of Putin, because I don't like his policy, I don't like what he's doing for Russia," she says of Vladimir Putin, Russia's current prime minister.<p>The 60-year-old university administrator believes elections for the parliament, or Duma, in December were rigged. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:30:00 +0000 2255 at http://nhpr.org As Election Nears, Russians Express Frustrations Rent-A-Crowds May Be Boosting Pro-Putin Campaign http://nhpr.org/post/rent-crowds-may-be-boosting-pro-putin-campaign With fewer than two weeks remaining before Russia's presidential elections, supporters and opponents of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are trying to show their strength with rallies and demonstrations.<p>After being stunned by the size of opposition rallies in December, pro-government forces bounced back with competing events of their own.<p>But the pro-government forces have been accused of padding their numbers by pressing government workers to attend and even paying for warm bodies. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:48:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 2075 at http://nhpr.org Rent-A-Crowds May Be Boosting Pro-Putin Campaign Signs Of A Media Crackdown Emerge In Russia http://nhpr.org/post/signs-media-crackdown-emerge-russia With less than two weeks to go before Russia's presidential elections, the country's independent journalists are in a state of anxiety. Government-run media seem more open than ever to divergent viewpoints — but officials may be cracking down on independent outlets that go too far.<p>Two incidents last week suggest that the Russian government is prepared to lean on journalists — both domestic and foreign.<p>The first involved the editor-in-chief of the capital's influential news and talk radio station, Moscow Echo. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 1991 at http://nhpr.org Signs Of A Media Crackdown Emerge In Russia In Russia, A Debate Over How To Set The Clock http://nhpr.org/post/russia-debate-over-how-set-clock In just a few weeks, most of the United States will shift back to daylight saving time — and Americans will lose an hour of sleep but gain an extra hour of light in the evening.<p>That won't be happening in Russia, though, where President Dmitry Medvedev has put the country on permanent summer time.<p>Medvedev's decree, issued last fall, means that it doesn't get light in Moscow now until around 9 a.m. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:56:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 1909 at http://nhpr.org In Russia, A Debate Over How To Set The Clock From Russia with Facebook http://nhpr.org/post/russia-facebook <p>With the upcoming Russian presidential elections in March, Russian citizens are taking to the street as well as the social media sphere to protest the looming prospect of another term for Vladimir Putin.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 15:48:44 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1739 at http://nhpr.org From Russia with Facebook