Member of Putin’s Circle Leaves Powerful Post

Vladimir Yakunin is voluntarily stepping down from his position as president of state-owned Russian Railways. Yakunin is a member of the Ozero Dacha Cooperative, a tight-knit group of Putin’s inner circle. With no heir apparent to Russian Railways, Yakunin’s departure may well be a signal of infighting within the Kremlin elite.

Putin, Maria Ivanovna from Ivanovo, and Ukrainians on the Telly

“After a brief interval of freedom, Russia’s media seem back at a place they escaped from in the late 1980s: the doorway of a censor whose permission to publish is mandatory. The only difference is that now the “New Censorship” is no longer a purely external means of controlling the media. In Russia it has become part of their very nature. . .”