Politics of Russia

Book review: 'Fragile Empire', by Ben Judah

Book review: 'Fragile Empire', by Ben Judah

These are gloomy days for Russia's liberals. Since becoming president for a second time in May last year, Vladimir Putin has launched a wave of repression.

Sunday, 7 July, 2013, 2:05pm

Russia opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov under house arrest

Russian opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov in a Moscow courtroom on Saturday. Photo: AP

A Russian court on Saturday put prominent opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov under house arrest amid accusations he incited mass disorder to overthrow President Vladimir Putin.

10 Feb 2013 - 11:02am

Who said it?

Former Singaporean premier Lee Kuan Yew

It could be that Lee Kuan Yew has mellowed, but it's hard to believe

Political commentator P.N. Balji on the former Singaporean premier and his deal to allow an opposition leader to escape bankruptcy  

My Russia...is a poor, long-suffering country, mercilessly torn to pieces by greedy, dishonest, unbelieving people

22 Nov 2012 - 3:18am

Moscow anti-corruption drive spreads to Far East

President Vladimir Putin (right), with former defence ministers Anatoly Serdyukov (left) and Sergei Ivanov. Photo: AP

Ripples of scandal are spreading in Russia's Far East, where, auditors say, US$472 million in construction financing was misallocated. About US$200 million in missing funds have led to firings in the space industry. And corruption in the defence ministry has figured prominently in the media since November 6, leaving the fate of its former minister uncertain.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Opposition elects anti-Putin leaders

The biggest vote-getter was Alexei Navalny, known for his fight against corruption. Photo: AP

The Russian opposition, having staged an online vote, has unveiled new leaders who will spearhead a drive to regain momentum against President Vladimir Putin after his crushing victory in May elections.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

TV documentary leads to probe of opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov

Leftist leader Sergei Udaltsov. Photo: AFP

In a new sign of a widening crackdown on Russia's opposition, investigators yesterday opened a criminal probe against leftist leader Sergei Udaltsov and several other activists for allegedly plotting mass riots.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:37am

Vladimir Putin's United Russia party wins elections

Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Photo: AFP

The ruling United Russia party won provincial and local elections around the country, early results showed, but opponents alleged widespread voting violations that will preserve President Vladimir Putin's dominance.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

Beijing hopes Putin visit will sort out gas deal

Ahead of next week's visit to China by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beijing says it expects a breakthrough in stalled negotiations with Moscow for a massive natural gas project.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Neighbours on the brink of signing landmark deal

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said negotiations with China on a huge natural gas supply deal would soon enter the final stage, after talks with Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday, when both sides gave an upbeat assessment of bilateral ties.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Finalising gas deal focus of Putin visit

China and Russia are expected to push forward energy co-operation and show that they are still close partners when Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrives in Beijing for a two-day visit tomorrow.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The tortuous birth of a credible opposition

He took off the Kremlin dog collar,' explained a friend of Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia's third-richest man, as the political party Prokhorov had founded to run against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the December elections blew up in his face.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

the five Ws

Your primer to an issue in the news


Outgoing Russian President Vladimir Putin's protege Dmitry Medvedev has been elected Russia's new leader after a landslide victory saw him take more than 70 per cent of the votes.


5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

In for the long haul?

The election of Dmitry Medvedev as Russian president, to succeed Vladimir Putin, is being viewed with consternation in certain quarters. Is Mr Putin seeking to prolong his rule by picking a protege who will, in effect, let him run the country by appointing him prime minister? Mr Putin has already served eight years as president, the constitutionally imposed limit.

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Young patriots rise up to protect Putin

Young women are ordered to hand over their thong underwear and replace it with more modest garments as they enter the military-style Nashi summer camp on the shores of picturesque Lake Seliger, 350km northwest of Moscow. It is for their own good, they're told, since thongs can 'cause sterility' and undermine propriety.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Yeltsin's contribution should not be forgotten

Boris Yeltsin was a democrat, but it is as a revolutionary that he will be most remembered. The iconic image of the first Russian president, atop a tank outside parliament as he led the charge against a coup in August 1991 said it all: this was a charismatic man of action, at his best when under siege.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am