A Rare Moment of Policy Transparency in Russia: Why the Government Just Ordered Companies not to Obey Laws

Sam Greene is the director of the Center for the Study of New Media & Society at the New Economic School in Moscow, Russia.  This post originally appeared on The Monkey Cage.

It is rare that observers of politics get a clear view of how and why a policy decision is made. Such clarity is even more infrequent in Russia, with its notoriously opaque approach to the drafting and implementation of policy. (Indeed, if the government gets its way, which it usually does, Russian policymaking will become even more opaque, as debate on legislative amendments not approved in committee will be limited to 60 seconds, and the federal budget will be ratified without any debate at all.)

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