The Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Pussy Riot prison releases reveal the dilemma of mature Putinism

In an article in The Independent, the chair of the Russia Foundation, David Clark, analyses the motivations behind President Vladimir Putin’s decision to release Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He argues that it may well have been intended to send a positive signal about Russia's future business climate. It could also be linked to a debate which has been taking place within the Kremlin about how to respond to the rise of the new political opposition, with some hinting that a more open and competitive political system might be in prospect, at least at a local level.

Monday, December 23, 2013