The Prisoner of Astrakhan

An article in The Economist says that protesters against Vladimir Putin’s rule are looking with new hope to Russia’s regions. The article contends that how the Kremlin chooses to resolve the situation in Astrakhan - by letting Mr Shein continue his hunger strike to no demonstrable effect, or by finding some face-saving way to rerun the election - will offer a big clue to the likely evolution of politics in Russia’s regions.

Saturday, April 21, 2012