By now the results of the elections will be known, no matter whether the results are out or not. To re-balance the political scale, which were perhaps set too strongly against Mr Putin in John Harrison’s article: Evolution, in the February issue, Jon Hellevig argues that Mr Putin is in fact largely responsible for fostering democracy in Russia. His arguments strike a chord amongst many ‘old hands’ here. Meanwhile, Ian Mitchell, also in this issue, presents a rather long potted history of Russia and attempts to frame the current situation in the context of Russia’s past.
Perhaps of more importance to most Russians is what happens on the 8th of March. The nicest possible holiday, when millions of men do the right thing for once, that is buy flowers for their beloved women who they mostly abuse and scorn the rest of the year. Helen Borodina supplies a short history of the holiday and a few of our female colleagues supply commentaries of what exactly the holiday means to them. Happy Women’s Day!
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