Articles by Andrei Sinitsyn



Moscow Imam's Arrest Risks Possible Protests

The July 12 arrest of Moscow imam Makhmut Velitov on charges of publicly justifying terrorism marked a new first for Russian authorities.

We Could All Use a DeLorean

It seems as if all of progressive humanity celebrated Oct. 21, 2015 as the date in the distant future that Marty McFly visited in the 1989 hit film "Back to the Future II."

Putin's New Diplomacy: Act Now, Talk Later

Russia has invented a new type of diplomacy that defies easy categorization. It might be called "post hoc diplomacy" because Moscow begins negotiations with partners and adversaries not before taking action, as is customary, but only afterward, and with the goal of either consolidating the results of that action or using it as leverage in subsequent negotiations.

Doing the Math on Import Substitution

From the outset, the import substitution campaign was a simple story about rubles and percentages. Now officials and ordinary Russians are beginning to understand that.

Nobody Wins in Transaero Sale

Aeroflot's upcoming purchase and reorganization of Transaero Airlines follows the traditional Russian quasi-state-controlled business model.

For Russians, Loyalty to Putin Is Loyalty to State

The continuing deterioration of the economic situation, falling incomes and rising prices are increasingly affecting Russians. A new survey released by state-run pollster VTsIOM reveals recent changes in consumer behavior.

The Kremlin's Guide to Budget Cuts

In an effort to economize, the Finance Ministry encroached on sacred ground by suggesting that the country celebrate anniversaries of major historical events only once every 100 years.

Kremlin Ignores Domestic Issues at Its Own Peril

From January to April, Russia's mortality rate rose by 3.7 percent as measured for the year, and by 5.2 percent for that quarter alone, according to the State Statistics Service.

State Company CEOs Lead Charmed Lives

Under government orders, the Rosneft board of directors recently extended the term for CEO Igor Sechin by five years. Last Tuesday Rosneft published a declaration of the incomes of its top managers stating that Sechin earns 15 to 20 million rubles ($295,000-$390,000) per month.

Russia's Growing Army of Censors

Last Wednesday, the day before it was to begin appearing in Russian movie theaters, the authorities canceled screenings of the Hollywood film "Child 44" about a Soviet intelligence agent investigating the mass murder of children.

Russia's War on Corruption Is Over

The top managers of major state-owned companies won their recent dispute with the Russian government as to whether they must publish declarations of their income and property.

Russia's Laws Are Always Negotiable

More legislative news coming after the State Duma retired for its summer recess provides yet another reminder that laws in Russia are anything but permanent.

Russian Cash Hurts Breakaway Republics

The president of Abkhazia, Alexander Ankvab, resigned on Sunday. This political crisis came as no surprise to observers: the internal conflicts in that break-away province of Georgia have increased dramatically as of late.