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    The Forgotten Holocaust
    Jun22

    The Forgotten Holocaust

    Society A few years ago, two Russian teenagers appeared on a Russian TV show and, when asked about the Holocaust, guessed that it was wallpaper glue. After the ensuing handwringing in the media subsided, the journalist Mumin Shakirov took the young women on a visit to Auschwitz. He made a moving documentary depicting how the young women, who are...

    Post-Soviet excesses: What does the diplomatic scandal between Russia and Moldova tell us?
    Jun13

    Post-Soviet excesses: What does the diplomatic scandal between Russia and Moldova tell us?

    Russia / Europe When the Moldovan government declared five Russian diplomats persona non grata, it came as a complete surprise to most observers, especially outside the country. First of all, five people were expelled at once; even Estonia, with its traditionally bad relations with Russia, has recently expelled only two Russian consulate staff....

    The logic of the Kremlin Gate
    Jun12

    The logic of the Kremlin Gate

    Russia / World Russia was accused of hacking the Democratic Party’s servers in a summer 2016 scandal and the Trump Team was consequently rumored to enjoy close ties with Moscow. The attempted coup in Montenegro, attempts to discredit Emmanuel Macron during the presidential campaign in France and the threat of potential interference in the...

    Congress Pushes Tougher Line on Russia
    Jun06

    Congress Pushes Tougher Line on Russia

    On May 5th, US President Donald Trump signed H.R. 244, his first major piece of legislation since taking office. Also known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2017, this legislation effectively funds the US government effective till September. It did not come from Trump’s budget proposals, but rather from a series of Congressional...

    Cultural Undercurrents in the Post Soviet Space
    Jun02

    Cultural Undercurrents in the Post Soviet Space

    Society Most analytical work on Russia and the wider post soviet space defines the region in terms of democratic transition. Research questions largely hinge on why Russia, and many of its ex-soviet neighbours, have not successfully become democratic, or how long will it take for these countries to accomplish their transition, if ever. More...

    How Russians Perceive Information War
    May30

    How Russians Perceive Information War

    Politics Russia has entered an era of confrontation. In general, its citizens do not feel safe after years of frosty relations with other states, and various high profile hunts for “internal enemies”. According to opinion polls carried out by the Levada Center in March 2016, 81 percent of Russians believe that the nation has enemies. It follows...

    The CSTO in 2017 and how Russia exploits its allies
    May24

    The CSTO in 2017 and how Russia exploits its allies

    Security A high profile appointment in April this year passed by largely unnoticed: the Collective Security Treaty Organization — the CSTO — appointed a new Secretary General. Now heading up the organization is a former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia, Colonel-General Yuri Khachaturov. The Secretary-General’s...

    Russia-Japan Talks Trundle On
    May23

    Russia-Japan Talks Trundle On

    Russia / World In late April, a state visit to Moscow by Japan’s prime minister caused little fanfare. Japan’s leader is Shinzo Abe, who met President Vladimir Putin for the sixteenth time. It was their fourth meeting in the last twelve months, a clockwork regularity which is unheard of when it comes to meetings between leaders of...

    What the Public Thinks of Victory Day
    May09

    What the Public Thinks of Victory Day

    Politics The Soviet Union’s struggle and ultimate victory in World War Two is still perceived by Russian citizens as the most important event of the 20th century. 80 percent of respondents surveyed in January of 2017 confirmed that they celebrated the 9th of May. The second most significant event is Yuri Gagarin’s space flight (58...

    Thus Votes South Ossetia: A Referendum the Kremlin Would Prefer to Ignore
    Apr29

    Thus Votes South Ossetia: A Referendum the Kremlin Would Prefer to Ignore

    Russia / Europe Anatoly Bibilov has become the new de-facto president of South Ossetia — a Russia-backed separatist enclave in the Caucasus that most national governments still recognise as a region of Georgia. Speaking to the BBC before his inauguration, Bibilov declared himself “one hundred percent sure” that South Ossetia will become part of...

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