ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By R G Gidadhubli

Turmoil in Kyrgyzstan: Power Play of Vested Interests

Ethnic and economic disparities between the Kyrgyz and Uzbek may have contributed to the recent clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan. However, a campaign by former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his supporters to destabilise the government of Roza Otunbayeva cannot be ruled out. The reluctance of Russia and the United States to intervene further complicated the situation. The interim government created history by bringing about constitutional reforms through a referendum, but problems remain.

Russia: Social Impact of Economic Crisis

The Russian economy faced a serious crisis in 2009, triggered by the global recession but aggravated by domestic policy defi ciencies, including an overdependence on oil exports, a lack of diversifi cation, overcentralisation of decision-making and widespread corruption. The huge infl ow of petrodollars, with rising international prices for hydrocarbon resources until the middle of 2008, had made the Russian leadership complacent. The economic crisis resulted in worsening conditions of infrastructure, rising unemployment, labour strikes, and widening income disparities. Given the magnitude of the decline in 2009 and the persistence of many problems, not much of a relief is likely in 2010 for the people of Russia.