The agents and sympathizers of modernization
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Senior Research Fellow - The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme
In my briefing paper published in November 2010 I wrote about the ‘agents’ and ‘symphatizers’ of modernization. The story was as follows.
In mid-September a group of State Duma
deputies from the Fair Russia party led by Gennadi Gudkov, the head of Duma’s
security committee, established a social movement named after President
Medvedev’s famous article “Forward Russia”. The movement calls for the
restoration of the election of regional heads and, in more general terms, the
consolidation of parliamentarism in
Back in November I was wondering whether the two movements work in “tandem”, in a typical ‘virtual politics’ fashion. Or perhaps the simultaneous emergence of these two movements does actually reveal the real factions within the ruling tandem. If this was the case, then the question of whether one is a participant or a sympathizer of modernization takes on a whole new dimension.
The second option seems more plausible at the moment.
Novosti reported in Monday (20.12.2010) that the Justice Ministry had refused
to register Gudkov’s “
the meantime, the movement organized by the United Russia party has
consolidated its position. In October 6, it held its first public forum in
which President Medvedev also participated. Last week, the agents of
modernization rejoined at the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo where they
had the first “all-Russian innovation forum “Forward,
But wait! The story does not end here.
Yesterday (20.12.2010) the Government Commission on High Technology and Innovation led by Prime Minister Putin held its meeting in Zelenograd.This commission, unlike the one headed by President Medvedev, oversees the development of the Russian scientific-technical complex and the innovation system and makes decisions that executive agencies (ministries, government agencies, and so on) are obliged to follow. Putin’s message in the meeting was simple: the work for the promotion of Russian science and innovations has been going on already for the last ten years.
As a proof of the fact, the meeting took place in Zelenograd at the “Zelenоgrad
innovation and technology centre” (ZITC). According to center’s web-pages, it
was founded in 1998 and implements together with the
Now the inner
logic of the tandem politics is becoming clearer. Even if there is no actual
split within the ruling tandem the mere existence of the two parallel power
centers reinforces two simultaneous realities. The one in which there exists
“the First Technological Village of Russia” and another in which
Within these two parallel worlds there is no place for the agents and sympathizers of active youth groups that occupy the very real space of a very real Moscow
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