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Exiled Economic Adviser: 'Putin Is Afraid of the Public'

Exiled Economic Adviser: 'Putin Is Afraid of the Public'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 13, 2013

In a SPIEGEL interview, prominent Russian economist and former government adviser Sergei Guriev discusses the Kremlin's retaliation campaign against the opposition and why he recently fled to France. more... Comment ]

Former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin: 'We Have to Take a Chance with More Democracy'

Former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin: 'We Have to Take a Chance with More Democracy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2013

Alexei Kudrin is seen as having good chances to succeed Dmitry Medvedev as Russian prime minister. In a SPIEGEL interview, he speaks about the need for more democracy in his country, President Putin's pragmatism and the dangers still facing the euro zone. more... Comment ]


Chilly Peace: German-Russian Relations Enter a New Ice Age

Chilly Peace: German-Russian Relations Enter a New Ice Age

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2012

Relations between Germany and Russia appear to be approaching a new ice age. Berlin is more dependent on Moscow than ever before, but Merkel has little trust in newly re-elected President Vladimir Putin. She would like to strengthen the opposition. By Ralf Neukirch and Matthias Schepp more...

The Counterrevolutionary: Putin Returns to the Kremlin

The Counterrevolutionary: Putin Returns to the Kremlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2012

Mass arrests of protesters over the weekend signal tough times ahead for Russia. Vladimir Putin's inauguration for his third term as president on Monday heralds the rollback of meager reforms made by his predecessor Dmitry Medvedev. Instead of expanding freedoms in the country, Putin has been vaguely refining his Potemkin democracy. By Matthias Schepp in Moscow more...


Shadow Economy and Media Control: Russians Fed Up With Putin's Manipulations

Shadow Economy and Media Control: Russians Fed Up With Putin's Manipulations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2012

With Russia set to vote on Sunday, SPIEGEL continues to explore the atmosphere in the country in part two of its preelection coverage. Vladimir Putin looks set to win the presidency, but residents are growing increasingly resistant to corruption and media control. By Walter Mayr, Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Crunch Election for Putin: A Divided Russia Goes to the Polls

Crunch Election for Putin: A Divided Russia Goes to the Polls

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2012

Vladimir Putin plans to win a third term as Russian president in Sunday's election. But he has been weakened by the anti-government protests that have broken out in recent months, and many Russians believe he lacks a vision for the country. Is Russia on the brink of radical change? By Walter Mayr, Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]


'I, Putin': An Inside Look at Russia's Aging, Lonely Leader

'I, Putin': An Inside Look at Russia's Aging, Lonely Leader

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2012

The world is used to macho images of Vladimir Putin hunting bears, harpooning whales or fly-fishing. A German documentary filmmaker was recently granted unprecedented access to the Russian prime minister. And he found a lonely, aging and surprisingly likeable man. By Markus Brauck and Matthias Schepp more...

Putin's Unruly Children: A New Generation Aims to Revitalize Russia

Putin's Unruly Children: A New Generation Aims to Revitalize Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2012

Russia's young people are growing up with more freedom than ever. Twenty years after the end of communism, the first post-Soviet generation is transforming the country -- whether the once and future president likes it or not. By Benjamin Bidder more...


Interview with Putin Challenger Prokhorov: 'In the Worst Case there'll be Civil War'

Interview with Putin Challenger Prokhorov: 'In the Worst Case there'll be Civil War'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 31, 2012

Mikhail Prokhorov is one of the wealthiest men in Russia and now he wants to enter the Kremlin, planning to challenge Vladimir Putin in the 2012 presidential election. Speaking to SPIEGEL ONLINE he speaks out against Russia's political class and urges the release of oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky. more...

Oligarch's Election Bid: Tycoon Prokhorov's Tentative Challenge to Putin

Oligarch's Election Bid: Tycoon Prokhorov's Tentative Challenge to Putin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 31, 2012

Some see Russian presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov, one of the world's richest men, as a Kremlin puppet, even though he has supporters among the Moscow protesters and oligarchs tired of Vladimir Putin. But he is challenging Putin in the campaign by calling for more privatization and less government. By Matthias Schepp more...