Articles by Vladimir Pribylovsky



Elections Without Options

The State Duma -- or to be more precise, United Russia, which was either supported or egged on by the presidential administration -- is proposing to more or less do away with the option to vote ""against all"" in regional elections.

The Mysterious Mr. Isakov

Recently, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on investigations of the U.S. Senate essentially accused Russia of receiving bribes from Saddam Hussein in exchange for lobbying for the Iraqi dictator's interests in the UN Security Council.

From Comic to Opposition Candidate?

The fate of the governor of the Altai region, Mikhail Yevdokimov, hangs by a thread.

Oligarchs Toy With Their 2008 Options

Despite the word's newfangled interpretation, oligarchy in Greek means ""the rule of the few,"" the well-off few who wield not only economic power, but also political power. Oligarchs are not millionaires sitting behind bars or pining away in emigre exile. They are the wealthy who send other millionaires to jail or force them to flee the country.

The Streamlining of Loyalties

The Beslan tragedy offered President Vladimir Putin a convenient excuse to launch a long-planned restructuring of the federal government aimed at strengthening the so-called power vertical, or executive chain of command.

The Use and Abuse of 'Administrative Resources'

The presidential administration has been set a far from simple task in the State Duma elections that take place this Sunday: to secure a qualified majority in the next parliament (at least 300 out of 450 seats) -- thus making it possible for the Kremlin to amend the Constitution and constitutional laws.

An Unconstitutional Law

Meeting with Valentina Matviyenko last week, President Vladimir Putin said that he sincerely wished her luck in the upcoming St. Petersburg gubernatorial election.

What's the Scandal All About?

Recently, something of a scandal erupted over a report published by the Council for National Strategy attacking the oligarchs.

This Time It Was Political

Contrary to popular belief, money is not at the root of all high-profile political murders in Russia.

Election Coverage: Will There Be Any?

Proposed changes to Russia's mass media law would give the government broader powers to stop the presses.

Noviye Izvestia Dead -- Who's Next?

It won't come as a surprise if the remaining opposition newspapers also start to feel the pressure.

Recent Trends in Regional Elections

The recent elections in Nizhny Novgorod and Krasnoyarsk, for all their differences, exhibited one principle similarity: ""Administrative resources"" were split almost evenly between the main candidates.