Putin's Do-Nothing Speech

In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times Vladimir Ryzhkov, a former State Duma deputy, says that President Vladimir Putin’s recent state of the nation address was a ‘do nothing’ speech. Putin willfully ignored demands for political representation and effective institutions from middle-class protesters as well as growing opposition to the stagnant bureaucratic regime, which impedes the country's development. Putin again refused to implement political and institutional reforms, instead referring to more superficial measures such as returning to the mixed system of State Duma elections. Because Putin does not understand how to use modern methods to develop the economy, he attempts to preserve the very state and political institutions that have made progress impossible. Every day that he sits in the Kremlin is another day lost for Russia.

Friday, December 14, 2012