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Masha Lipman

Moscow, Russia

Masha Lipman is the editor of the Pro et Contra journal, published by Carnegie Moscow Center. Lipman is also an expert in the Civil Society Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. She served as deputy editor of the Russian weekly newsmagazines, Ezhenedel’ny zhurnal from 2001 to 2003, and of Itogi magazine from 1995 to 2001. She has worked as a translator, researcher, and contributor forMoscow bureau of The Washington Post and has had a monthly op-ed column in The Washington Post since 2001. Close.

Masha Lipman

Moscow, Russia

Masha Lipman is the editor of the Pro et Contra journal, published by Carnegie Moscow Center. Lipman is also an expert in the Civil Society Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. more »

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February 25, 2008 2:01 PM

The Kremlin's Case Against Kosovo

The Current Discussion: Are the U.S. and Europe right to recognize Kosovo and continue to poke Russia with a stick?

Kosovo has evolved as an issue of consensus among the Russian leadership as well as the public. The Russian people – from nationalist hawks to liberal Westernizers – all agree that Kosovo independence is not a good idea.

Affinity with Serbia and the Serbs does not play an important role. Slavic or Orthodox brotherhood may be an issue for those on the nationalist front, but otherwise it’s of little interest here.

For moderate Russians, Kosovo’s independence in itself may be OK —it is its recognition by Western countries that matters. Independent political commentators, as well those among the intellectual circles, believe that the West is creating a dangerous precedent by effectively enforcing a division of a country (Serbia) without its consent; that the West disregards the consequences of such an enforcement - not just in Abkhazia or South Ossetia, the two secessionist territories of Georgia, but elsewhere in the world.

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February 25, 2007 3:22 PM

Open Communication is Crucial

The tone of Vladimir Putin’s Munich speech evoked memories of Cold War rhetoric raising understandable concerns about Russia’s foreign policy. But if the speech tells us anything about Putin’s vision, its that he’s looking backward rather than forward. In Munich, Putin presented a list of Russia’s previous grievances. He was not making a new policy statement.

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February 15, 2007 1:16 PM

According to Putin, U.S. Is the Bigger Threat

Of course, it depends who you ask. For instance, the Israeli would not doubt that Iran, the country whose leader has repeatedly talked about the need to destroy Israel, is more dangerous that the U.S., which has provided strong support for it over the past several decades. Israel will still feel safer with the U.S. even if its policy in the Middle East makes Iran a bigger threat than before. Meanwhile, in the eyes of Lebanese Shiites, the U.S. is the hated aggressor, while Iran is the protector.

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January 21, 2007 4:00 PM

Resolving Russia's Paradox

Moscow, Russia - Since the beginning of Russian economic reforms 15 years ago, liberal scholars and experts inside and outside Russia have talked about a democratic polity, rule of law, liberal political freedoms and civic liberties as necessary prerequisites for stable economic development.

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December 18, 2006 12:05 PM

Communism's Clumsy Condoms

Moscow, Russia - Women in Russia were "liberated" by the Bolsheviks as part of their grand modernization project launched after 1917. But the results were mixed at best.

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November 20, 2006 11:25 AM

Why Russia Banned "Borat"

Moscow, Russia - Earlier this month the Russian government agency in charge of movie distribution ruled that Russian people could not see "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan". The agency's reason: "Borat" offended ethnic feelings.

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October 21, 2006 8:35 PM

Russian Xenophobia Toward Georgians Grows

Moscow, Russia - This week was marked by a tragic turn in the ongoing confrontation between Russia and Georgia. Tengiz Togonidze, a 48-year-old Georgian migrant worker died in a Moscow airport as he was awaiting deportation.

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September 28, 2006 9:34 AM

The Alliance of TV Moguls and Kremlin Elite

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September 10, 2006 3:38 PM

U.S. Human Rights Abuses Embolden Authoritarian Regimes

Moscow, Russia - It is highly unusual for a leader of a great nation to publicly justify torture, but this is pretty much what President Bush did last week. Talking about the interrogation of a terrorist suspect Abu Zubaydah the U.S. president said that after "he stopped talking" he was subjected to an "alternative set of procedures". It's hard to imagine that anybody would be fooled by this euphemism. The U.S. president thus reduces the problem to a hideous simplicity: We needed the information badly, he wouldn't share it, so we tortured him; there was nothing else we could do.

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August 4, 2006 9:00 AM

Either Way, Cuba Has a Rough Road Ahead

Moscow, Russia - The U.S. cannot afford to lose Cuba to Venezuela, but the prospect of outright victory looks unlikely. Cuba probably won't turn definitively in any direction. Instead, after Castro Cuba may go through a period of governments of various leanings. It might get bloody.

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