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Hey Sacha,
how are you? What about your flat?
We’re back in istanbul and begin to attend university. The atmosphere in istanbul isn’t more relaxed than in Blegrade, Turkey is attacking the PKK in northern Irak. We have so kind of warrior nationalist wibe around us. Obviously we kept a good feeling about blegrade, the hostel and the few moment we spent together. Probably go back to Serbia during the winter.
I had a multi side question about Russia all around Russian political system and especially the pluralism issue. If you have time, I’ld find interesting you could answer to me. Why opposition is so weak in Russia? Is there an exigence if political pluralism or do people consider as normal not to have a freedom of speech? How is seen the opposition?Is politics an interesting issue for people? What are the most valuable things for them aprt obviously from a decent level of life, security? prestige as you said?How the kremlin consider the political opposition and so political pluralism? Finally what is the conception of poutine, and, more generally, of the elite, of the way the political system is functionning? I mean what is the normal way of ruling the country and what are the roots of these conceptions? How do they conceive the relation between state and society and between state and human being?I know it can the answer can be long, or even the topic of a book. Don’t feel obliged to answer me quickly, I suppose you have muh more important things to do but your answer could light me.
greet the owner of the hostel for us, and if you feel like visiting istanbul tell me, you get an house until july, the date we’ll leave.

a lot of things happened recently to distract me from a promised review for you, including recent Kosovo independence and riots in Belgrade.

Now I’m getting back to the issue.

Remi is a journalism student from France, he is asking similar questions so I’m writing to you both.

I’ve got some concept of general vision on the situation in Russia I’ll be happy to write down for you and for me myself, too. It’s always a better idea to write things down – half more of the ideas come to me after I touch the keyboard.

Two things for your consideration meanwhile.

There is a BBC HARDtalk with Stephen Sackur this week about Russia on air. I was pleasantly surprised – Sackur is interviewing Mikhail Margelov, the chairman of the Russian parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee and he is really asking proper questions that nailed Margelov to the ground. This is a good example of that false rhetorics so loud in the mouths of Putin and Lavrov revealed. Interview is avaiable in RealAudio on this link:

The second big thing is a NY Times blog experiment: they put the article in a free trial in russian language to the blog to get usual people comments. This post had almost 1500 comments in first 24h and is still on the top of the ratings. There are tons of nationalistic buzz inside, but the most intellectual people admit the problem exists and call this article surprisingly precise and complete.

The article itself in English, as well as the best comments translated back to english are here:
Cheers mates,


Written by Sasha Pryazhnikov

February 26, 2008 at 1:07 am

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  1. People should understand that in other USA there is no freedom of speech too. In Russia, USA and other democratic countries you can say everything, you can do everything, that is not detrimental to the State.


    April 22, 2009 at 2:55 pm

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