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Die Presse - Austria | 09/04/2015

Kremlin head unintententionally bolsters EU

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has unintentionally strengthened cohesion in the EU with his policy, the conservative daily Die Presse writes in view of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's visit to Moscow: "The more Putin has tried to weaken his European sparring partner, the more the latter has been strengthened. Because in reality despite his mastery at driving wedges in EU cracks he has been far less successful than he dreamed he would be. Moscow's attempt to prevent a common EU energy policy in the gas sector - so vitally important for Russia - by tempting certain countries with preferential treatment has achieved the opposite. ... The fact is that Moscow has now been forced to move its wedge-banging activities from the centre to the south-eastern edge of the EU. That is tantamount to an act of desperation. More than ever it is feeling the growing solidarity within the EU - particularly regarding the sanctions - first hand."

Der Standard - Austria | 26/11/2007

Opposition in Russia silenced

The Russian parliament, the Duma, has been "condemned to silence", writes Eduard Steiner: "In the post-Soviet Russian parliament, and even during Vladimir Putin's first term in office, there was genuine talk in parliament, but once the Kremlin took control via its 'United Russia' party, it became quieter. After the upcoming elections there will be no need to bother with loudspeakers. ... But it's not only in parliament that there's a lack of discussion. Economists argue that only the free competition of ideas, fought out in free media, can correct the economic course and prevent potential negative trends, and that the increasing dominance of big companies as well as the monopolist tendencies on the Russian market are thwarting competition, which is the basis for innovation. So in the long term the economy, too, will suffer from the lack of discussion and freedom of opinion."

Der Standard - Austria | 19/04/2007

Russia's opposition

Why did a few thousand demonstrators cause the Russian government to panic and provoke brutal police action last weekend in Moscow? Russia correspondent Eduard Steiner discussed this with Garry Kasparov of the Russian opposition party "The Other Russia". "By our standards, a few thousand demonstrators are a breakthrough in awareness, particularly as they risk so much. The state is afraid that suddenly ten times as many people will take to the streets. ... Our demonstrators come from a broad demographic spectrum. People are afraid that the whole country will fall apart if they start to protest. They fear things will get even worse if the corrupt system disappears, and that 1991 will repeat itself. This is a deep-seated psychological trauma."

Der Standard - Austria | 16/04/2007

Russia takes a hard line at opposition rallies

Eduard Steiner comments that the several thousand people who took part in the demonstrations in Moscow and St Petersburg still can't conceal the fact that the country no longer has an opposition. Nonetheless, he points out: "Political life and the battle between the blocks are only dead according to a  Western understanding of politics. There is no doubt that the battle is still being fought, but it is being fought less visibly: those pulling the strings are behind high walls. The turbulence that has surrounded the recent increase in political or financially motivated murders demonstrates how bitter this battle is. A number of surprising resignations are also testament to the small victories of individual groups. Within the close network between politics and the economy built under Vladimir Putin, many have climbed the ladder to forge a new class of oligarchs. Their fear at the approach of the end of his term in office in March 2008 will make the coming year a turbulent one."

Der Standard - Austria | 10/12/2006

A Gasprom tower for St. Petersburg

Eduard Steiner and Wojciech Czaja rail against a 300-odd meter tower which is to be erected in St. Petersburg, Russia - an emblem of the new Gasprom City on the right bank of the Newa River. "The east reaches for the west. In Bucharest, Sofia, Warsaw, Kiev and most of all Moscow development projects are springing up like mushrooms. Swanky architecture has become the latest poster-child for the former communist countries. There's no point talking ethics and good taste. Megalomania is what counts." In Petersburg, the British firm RMJM won the competition with its high-rise design. "With its 77 stories, the tower on the Newa will reach into the clouds. The architects proclaim that the pentagonal floor plan and elegant torsion are derived from the changing character of the water, from the play of light, refractions and reflections...'Of course there are debates and a lot of resistance,' say the architects, but - comparing themselves right away with Monsieur Gustave Eiffel - 'just think of Paris! The Eiffel Tower, 324 meters high, made wonderful Paris even more wonderful.' The boundaries between culture and turbo-capitalism appear to be blurred."

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