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Russia’s Recognition of Georgian Areas Raises Hopes of Its Own Separatists

Sep 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

An association of nationalist groups, the All-Tatar Civic Center, swiftly published an appeal that “for the first time in recent history, Russia has recognized the state independence of its own citizens” and expressed the devout wish that Tatarstan would be next. The declaration was far-fetched, its authors knew: One of Vladimir V. Putin’s signal achievements as Mr. Medvedev’s predecessor was to suppress separatism. The Tatar movement was at its lowest ebb in 20 years.

No one can check the Russian bear

Aug 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Vladimir Putin has established a new tsarism. The Russian economy, due to the global resources boom, is itself booming. Putin’s Government is profoundly undemocratic, but it is strong. And the Russian people associate its strength with improved economic conditions at home and renewed respect abroad.