Putin http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/21836/all en Putin and Abramovich: Russian leadership style gets different results http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/putin-and-abramovich-russian-leadership-style-gets-different-resu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Putin steamrolls opposition, Abramovich steamrolls managers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Chelsea Football club fired its manager, Portugal&#39;s Andre Villas-Boas, Sunday . No surprise there. Vladimir Putin was elected Tsar of all the Russias &hellip; sorry, President of Russia the same day. No surprise there either.</p> <p> This coincidence says much about the limits of autocracy in non-autocratic environments.</p> <p> For Putin the autocrat, Russia is effectively a personal fief with a constitution. When he says he want to return to the presidency from a stint as Prime Minister - no problem. It&#39;s his.</p> <p> For 40-year old Abramovich, the Russian oligarch who took his first steps towards an estimated net worth of $13 plus billion back in the days when Boris Yeltsin sold the state oil company for a fraction of its value, things aren&#39;t quite so easy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/putin-and-abramovich-russian-leadership-style-gets-different-resu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Abramovich Champions' League Home Putin Regions Russia Russian oligarchs Villas-Boas Europe Russia United Kingdom On Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:57:07 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5694601 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian court refuses bail for female punk rockers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/russia-Putin-female-punk-rockers The decision by a Moscow court on Friday to refuse bail to three members of a female punk band called Pussy Riot and extend their pretrial detention until January strains the imagination. What's the logic?<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/russia-Putin-female-punk-rockers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pussy Riot Putin Russia Chatter Russia Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:06:59 +0000 Gregory Feifer 5712860 at http://www.globalpost.com Putin flies with endangered cranes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/120906/putin-flies-endangered-cranes There he was, the loved and feared leader of Russia, dressed in a puffy white one-piece, bulgy white helmet, and goggles, flying with a flock of cranes to the promised land.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/120906/putin-flies-endangered-cranes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Putin Europe Russia Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:51:00 +0000 Daniel DeFraia 5718314 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian NGO crackdown: Election watchdog group facing closure http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/130410/russia-ngo-crackdown-raids-election-group-closure Russia’s main independent election group ‘Golos’ is the latest target in a string of NGO closures by Vladimir Putin's government.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/130410/russia-ngo-crackdown-raids-election-group-closure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Putin Russia Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:15:55 +0000 Jennifer Mattson 5809413 at http://www.globalpost.com