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Donna Welles

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Ph.D. Geopolitics – St. Petersburg State University, Russia

My Blog – Original Geopolitical Analysis

Washington, DC, США

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Latest posts by Donna Welles

3 March 2012

Russia: A Last-Minute Overview of Pre-Election Blogging

RuNet Echo

Sunday's presidential election contrasts greatly with Vladimir Putin's first race in 2000, when his sole platform was counter-terrorism in the North Caucasus. Donna Welles offers a last-minute overview of pre-election...

29 February 2012

Russia: Great Lent Has Begun

RuNet Echo

Citizen media outlets have captured the multidimensional essence of the Russian Orthodox Lenten season, which began on Monday, including issues such the religiosity of post-USSR Russia, the liturgical calendar, the...

20 February 2012

Russia: Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Quintessential ‘New Russian’

RuNet Echo

Billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev serves as an example of the quintessential 'New Russian' through his controversial activities during the Yeltsin era, his modern business practices, and his extravagant international spending -...

15 February 2012

Russia, U.S.: An Overview of Alexander Ovechkin's NHL Career

RuNet Echo

Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian-born NHL hockey player who is surrounded by controversy due to his aggressive style of play, but who remains in the public spotlight because of his...

6 February 2012

Russia: Practice of Compulsory Military Service Comes Under Attack

RuNet Echo

Russia's compulsory military service practices are under attack due to a variety of reasons, including economic inefficiency, governmental corruption, and brutal hazing rituals that incite young conscripts to take their...

30 January 2012

US, Russia: The Flying Balalaika Brothers Bridge Cultural Gaps in Texas

Like many of their compatriots, musicians Zhenya Kolykhanov and Sergey Vaschenko emigrated from Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s and have since established themselves...

24 January 2012

Russia: “Mikhail Dmitrievich Prokhorov: An Unpredictable Kremlin Project”

RuNet Echo

Although some believe the 2012 Russian presidential election's outcome to be pre-scripted, the complexities surrounding Mikhail Prokhorov's candidacy should not be overlooked. Donna Welles reports.

18 January 2012

Russia: Obama's McFaul Sworn in as U.S. Ambassador

RuNet Echo

President Obama's closest adviser on affairs of state of the Former Soviet Union and architect of the 'reset' in the U.S.-Russia relations, Michael McFaul, has officially replaced President Bush's appointment...

10 January 2012

Russia: The Russian Orthodox Church Re-Enters Politics

RuNet Echo

The Russian Orthodox Church has made an entrance into Russia's modern political climate through the contrasting speeches of two church officials- one called for war, the other for peace.

5 January 2012

Russia: Demographic Crisis Means “No One Left To Draft”

RuNet Echo

Russia is endowed with some of the greatest stores of natural resources in the world and yet the demographic crisis that has plagued the country since the fall of the...

30 December 2011

Russia: AIDS Epidemic – “Shame Russia Shame”

RuNet Echo

International organizations are taking notice of Russia's AIDS epidemic and the hurdles the country faces in combating it. Recent international attention has been directed toward Russia's healthcare system, the stigma...

18 December 2011

Russia: Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the 2012 Presidential Election

RuNet Echo

Incarcerated since 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky is once again in Russia's political spotlight as presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov vows to pardon him if he's elected next spring. Donna Welles reports.

12 December 2011

Russia: Holy Relic Visits Nation Emerging From State-Sponsored Atheism

RuNet Echo

People from across Russia traveled great distances and endured hardships in order to view the Virgin Mary's belt - a relic believed to promote fertility. In the decades since the...

11 December 2011

Russia: “Why Are Russians Protesting Now?”

RuNet Echo

On Saturday, the world watched the biggest show of political activism seen in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union. This is hardly the first time Putin's Russia has...

22 November 2011

Russia: PM Putin Gets Booed – “End of an Era” or “Wishful Thinking”?

RuNet Echo

When Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stepped out to congratulate Mixed Martial Arts champion Fedor Emelianenko on November 20, he was visibly taken aback when he received a less than warm...

16 November 2011

Russia: FC Anzhi Makhachkala and the Yeltsin Era Money

RuNet Echo

The January 2011 acquisition of a Russian Premier League soccer team, FC Anzhi Makhachkala, by Suleyman Kerimov, a billionaire politician native to the volatile region of Dagestan, is the most...

4 November 2011

Russia: Reactions to Arms Smuggler Viktor Bout's Conviction

RuNet Echo

Many citizen media outlets from around the world have captured the controversy surrounding the November 2 conviction of the Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout by an American jury. Donna Welles...

30 October 2011

Russia: Retired Tennis Star Marat Safin to Run for Parliament

RuNet Echo

Russian tennis phenomenon, Marat Safin, has announced that he will run for the Russian State Duma in the December 4 elections. However, his public image, as illustrated by citizen media...

23 October 2011

Russia: Success of National Wrestling System Explained

RuNet Echo

Russian wrestlers are often considered to be the best in the world. Citizen media suggest that a possible explanation for this is the relationship between politics and wrestling in Russia.

16 October 2011

Russia: Soccer Team Qualifies for Euro 2012 – “On To Ukraine and Poland!!!”

RuNet Echo

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship is referred to by some as 'Polkraine 2012' since it will be held in both Poland and Ukraine. Russia officially qualified with a 6-0...

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