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Kursk Submarine Disaster

The recent Kursk submarine disaster points not only to the looming technological crisis in the defence sector but also to the problems arising from a rigid bureaucratic model of governance.

Russia : Putin's Confrontation with Oligarchs

Much of the debate on privatisation of health care has been based on the assumption that the private sector provides a better quality of services than the public sector. Efforts are on to restructure public institutions on market principles to promote efficiency. However, a recent report on Delhi's private hospitals is a shocking reveletion of their questionable management practices with regard to workers as well as patient care.

Russia: Putin's Confrontation with Oligarchs

Putin faces the task of continuing with Russia's economic reforms while simultaneously curbing the ill-gotten economic and political power of the oligarchs. That one such oligarch Gussinsky who was arrested recently, is also a media baron, adds the issue of press freedom to the already complicated picture.

Resignation of Boris Yeltsin

By announcing his resignation six months before the end of his term and ensuring that Vladimir Putin, his protege, will be elected the next president, Yeltsin has not only silenced his critics on various counts, even if temporarily, but ensured that he will continue to have some say in government.

Russia: Oil Politics in Central Asia

The Caspian region, rich in oil and gas reserves has become the focus of intense competitive interest among the big powers. Adding to the complexity of the situation is the fact that the existing pipelines pass through Russia which is both a partner and a competitor in the energy field in the region.

RUSSIA-Resolving Financial Crisis

Resolving Financial Crisis R G Gidadhubli THE Russian government under prime minister Sergei Kirienko is in the process of initiating an 'Anti-Crisis Programme' to deal with the severe financial problem facing the country. Even as the detailed legislative measures of the programme, which need the approval by various political parties in the Duma are being finalised Boris Yeltsin is fully and strongly supporting the government policy even threatening to use his presidential powers to push ahead the proposed programme through decrees in case the Duma fails to approve the provisions of the programme before it breaks for summer by the middle of July 1998, The future of the Russian economy at the turn of this century will very much depend upon overcoming the current financial crisis. Hence it is important to know the nature and magnitude of Russia's financial crisis, the roots of the crisis and how far the programme of the government will solve the financial crisis.

COMMENTARY- Yeltsin s New Shock Therapy- Russia Back to Political Uncertainty

Russia Back to Political Uncertainty R G Gidadhubli BORIS YELTSIN's sudden and unexpected act of dismissal of Russia's prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and his entire cabinet on March 23, 1998 has created a political storm. Officially, reasons offered for the dismissal were wages and pensiohs were not paid punctually, economic reforms were not implemented satisfactorily, Chernomyrdin's cabinet lacked dynamism, initiative and fresh approaches and that many Russians 'did not feel changes for the better in their lives'. There may not be many who would buy these arguments. The reason being that while it is known that Russia has not solved .all economic problems, it was officially claimed that economic performance in 1997 was not too bad with modest increase in gross domestic product, positive growth rates in many branches of industry, control over inflation, stability in exchange rate of rouble against dollar, marginal decline in unemployment rate and above all 32 regions of Russia experienced a real boom (Izvestiya, December 30, 1997). It was reported that for the first time such performance was achieved after 1989. In view of this, the timing and the manner of dismissal of Chernomyrdin government and nomination of Sergei Kiriyenko, 35 year-old deputy minister in the dismissed government, seemed to indicate many deeper issues involved. An immediate political speculation was that with the next presidential election due in less than two years, i e, in early 2000, Yeltsin possibly wanted to show that he was a strong president and was in command of the situation. As one argument goes, being Russia's prime minister for the last five years, Chernomyrdin accumulated power, As reported (Izvestiya, January 17, 1998), there was reorganisation of administrative powers in which Chernomyrdin had strengthened his own hands and made the position of Anatoly Chubais, the first deputy prime minister, weak by taking away certain important functions of his administration which Chubais resented. In this reorganisation process, Chernomyrdin also assumed some powers of the president, Hence it could be a matter of speculation as to whether this act cost him his job. But the fact remains, whether this act might not have been done without the approval of Yeltsin and at any rate Yeltsin had enough authority to intervene in the implementation of this policy. In view of this, the dismissal of Chernomyrdin was considered to be Yeltsin's act to eliminate him from the presidential contest, But in the same breath, Yeltsin praised Chernomyrdin as 'thorough, reliable, and trustworthy' thus giving mixed signals about his real intentions and about his support to Chernomyrdin's political future.

RUSSIA-Moving Towards Consolidation-India-Russia Trade Relations

India has been facing several constraints with regard to exports to Russia, Some of these have to do with the state of the Russian economy while others with the quality of Indian goods in the past. The recent visit of the first deputy prime minister appears to have cleared the way for a consolidation of trade relations with Russia, by addressing some of the problems affecting relations between the two countries.

Unemployed in Russia Who and Where Are They

Gulf war, the social and political chemistry of the Arab world has undergone basic changes. True, there has been no repeat of the Iranian revolution but if the killing of American soldiers in Khobar Tower in Saudi Arabiain the summer of 1996 is any indicator, then it can be argued that the Arab regimes are no longer capable of protecting US interests in the region as they could do, say, 10 years back. It is high time that American foreign policy-makers review and reassess their west Asian policy.


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