Thursday, November 18, 2010

Russian state-of-the-nation speech delayed.

The speech, planned for this week, has been put off until at least the 22nd.

Well, that says what, but not why.

The folks at RFE/RL's The Power Vertical (a superb window into Russian politics) are offering a potential reason why:

Is Medvedev About To Redraw Russia's Map?

If so, then the biggest ever territorial reorganization in modern Russian is about to happen... cutting 83 existing administrative districts to 20... concentrating political power in super-regions each focused on a major metropolitan area.

Sure, that makes things more manageable for the powers-that-be in Moscow, but, such regional centralization has some pretty serious risks.

Read it all, and you'll see what I mean.

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