Putin’s purges

An article in The Economist attempts to interpret a sudden crackdown on extravagant officials in Russia, arguing that the recent purges of former State Duma deputies Vladimir Pekhtin and Anatoly Lomakin signal a shift in Russia’s politics. In the article Gleb Pavlovsky, a former Kremlin consultant, explains that, in the past, the nomenklatura were shielded from opponents’ criticism and left to enjoy the fruits of their loyalty at home and abroad without interference from the top. Pekhtin’s resignation shows that this no longer holds true.

Friday, March 1, 2013