Articles by Robert Coalson



The Gun is Hanging on the Wall

Despite the calm of the holiday season, tension is mounting in Russia's political environment. And it is a natural product of the unique form of political theater -- imitation democracy -- that the political system has evolved into over the last eight years.

The Gun is Hanging on the Wall

Despite the calm of the holiday season, tension is mounting in Russia's political environment. And it is a natural product of the unique form of political theater -- imitation democracy -- that the political system has evolved into over the last eight years.

Worn Out by Elections

With the dust settling from the State Duma elections, all eyes have turned to the presidential election in March. But some in the Kremlin might be turning their thoughts to the presidential election in general -- as in getting rid of it altogether.

Worn Out by Elections

With the dust settling from the State Duma elections, all eyes have turned to the presidential election in March. But some in the Kremlin might be turning their thoughts to the presidential election in general -- as in getting rid of it altogether.

Anti-Terror Coalition Needs Russia

The March 14 elections in Spain and comments this week from leaders in Poland, South Korea, and Italy have caused concern that the U.S.-led international coalition against international terrorism could be coming unglued.

Getting Radical About Extremism

President Putin's public track record on the problems of nationalism and extremism is unimpressive.

Good News Hobbles As Bad News Hurries

Can we really tell foreign investors that Russia leaves no stone unturned to secure potential investment?

Bold to the Last

As Presidential Marathon makes abundantly clear, it was Boris Yeltsin's lack of confidence in the Russian people that formed the essential paradox of his years in power.

Bold to the Last

As Presidential Marathon makes abundantly clear, it was Boris Yeltsin's lack of confidence in the Russian people that formed the essential paradox of his years in power.

Proposed Law No Solution

The idea of changing the law on the mass media, largely unaltered since 1991, has journalists worried.

Through the Looking Glass

In the Russian media, what is black today becomes white tomorrow, and vice versa.

Dangerously Vague Policy

There is a new buzzword among those responsible for guarding the nation's internal secutiry.

Why Keep Spending Secret?

The nation took a big step backward this week in its off-and-on effort to become a modern, open society.

'Heroes' of Kursk Coverage

The only good news from the Kursk submarine tragedy has been the work of the Russian press.

State's Rights, Obligations

A media expert told me he saw nothing disturbing in punishing a journalist for ""violating social norms.""

Developing СTransparencyТ

The West doesn't seem to think nonstate media are necessary for a secure investment climate.

MEDIA WATCH: Dangerous 'Rules of Game'

MEDIA WATCH: Rising Use of Infographics

MEDIA WATCH: Putin Needs to Speak Out

Half-Revealed Treasures

MEDIA WATCH: Lesin Is Press Enemy No. 1

MEDIA WATCH: Media Crackdown Is Here

MEDIA WATCH: Center Targets Local Media

MEDIA WATCH: Clinton's Moral Obligation

MEDIA WATCH: Promote Ads, Not State Aid

MEDIA WATCH: Uniting to Protect Media

MEDIA WATCH: Best of the Worst for Press

MEDIA WATCH: Eerie Silence on Press Day

MEDIA WATCH: Study Plants Seeds of Hope

Greatly Obliged