Denis Petrov

Denis Petrov is a Moscow-based journalist.

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  • Moscow on Georgia

    Vladimir Putin, at the end of February, was expected by pundits East and West to react sharply to the news of Washington’s plan to send military advisors to Georgia, aiding Tbilisi in its battle with Taliban-connected Chechen insurgents.

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  • Minister of "Emergency Situations"

    Vladimir Putin’s minister of “emergency situations,” Sergei Shoygu, has been particularly busy this winter, since the usual unpleasantness associated with Russia’s harsh climate has been made worse by the country’s crumbling infrastructure.

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  • January 2002

    Russian Relations

    Russian relations, in mid-November, were potentially on the verge of a sea-change, at the conclusion of two days of smiles, handshakes, bear hugs, and the usual feel-goodisms we have come to expect of “summit meetings,” especially from American presidents.

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  • December 2001

    "Power Ministers"

    Vladimir Putin adopted his usual serious demeanor during an October 8 meeting with his "power ministers," the men who head Russian defense and security agencies.

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  • September 2001

    A Mini-Summit

    The Bush-Putin mini-summit was considered by most Moscow pundits to be a success, with the two more or less agreeing to disagree about ABM, nuclear- missile defense (NMD), and NATO expansion—for now, anyway.

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  • August 2001

    The Zhukov-Sintez Affair

    Aleksandr Zhukov's April 7 arrest in Sardinia was played up by the Italian DIA (an anti-Mafia investigative unit) as having eliminated an important arms-trafficking channel to the war-torn Balkans.

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  • A Front Man

    Vladimir Putin's one-year anniversary as president of Russia was marked by a Soviet-style celebration. "We are back to pretending again," my Russian friend commented as we watched the stage-managed antics of several thousand young people, all of them wearing T-shirts bearing the likeness of Vladimir Putin, converging on Vasilevsky Spusk on May 7.

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  • In a Tizzy

    Igor Ivanov, Russia's foreign minister, is usually calm, cool, and collected, but he looked nervous during his March 22 press conference.

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  • Moldovan Communists

    The Moldovan Communists won 71 of 101 seats in the February 25 parliamentary elections, to the chagrin of expansionist-minded NATOcrats. With an absolute majority in the parliament—which elects the country's president—pro-Russian elements in Moldova are likely to have one of their own as the country's chief executive.

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  • Global Responsibilities

    George W. Bush is already under pressure not to "forget our global responsibilities." The usual suspects have taken their cue from a January 3 Washington Times article by the paper's military correspondent.

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  • January 2001

    When Will It Snow Again?

    It's late September in Russia, and Muscovites are already placing wagers on when the first snow will come. The weather has simply been too good to be true; the sun has been shining and the temperatures mild, which, to the Russian mind at least, is a bad sign.

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  • December 2000

    Moldova's Partition

    Moldova's Partition may be imminent. While the U.S. Embassy in Moscow denied that American spooks and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) intend to divide that tiny country, the denial itself was enough to convince most Russian and Moldovan/Rumanian patriots that the plan is probably already under way.

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  • October 2000

    Long Arm of the Law

    Vladimir Gusinsky, the Russian media magnate, has escaped the long arm of the law. The Russian General Prosecutor's Office dropped charges of illegal privatization of state enterprises against the Kremlin's chief nemesis, rescinding the freeze on his property and lifting a ban on foreign travel.

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  • September 2000

    Arrest of Media Magnate

    Vladimir Putin's war on the Russian oligarchs may have begun with the arrest of media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky in June, or so many Western observers hoped.

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  • August 2000

    Chechen Boyeviki

    The Chechen Boyeviki ("warriors") are widening the war with Russia, dashing any hopes the Kremlin had of containing the conflict.

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  • Victory for Putin

    Vladimir Putin's presidential election victory on March 26 was hailed by businessmen both East and West as a new beginning for economic reform in Russia.

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  • The Chechen War Far From Over

    The Chechen War, as the Russian leadership discovered in early March, is far from over. On the night of March 2, a convoy of nine trucks, carrying about 100 Internal Ministry special forces troops from Grozny to the strategically important crossroads village of Pervomayskava, was ambushed by an estimated 40 Chechen boyevikiy.

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  • It's Big Push

    The Russian Army began its big push to take the Chechen capital, Grozny, on the day after Christmas, directing artillery and air power at concentrations of Chechen fighters near the center of "Dzhokhar."

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  • "New Russia"

    Boris Yeltsin appeared on the Russian state-run television networks on December 31, 1999, with an unexpected—by ordinary Russians, at least—announcement: "It is time for new faces," said the man who is most responsible for creating the "new Russia."

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  • February 2000

    The First Victim of Any War

    Truth, the saying goes, is the first victim of any war, but as NATO's "action" in the Balkans has demonstrated, truth is under even greater attack in the "information age."

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