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    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...

    A Reckoning for Russia in Syria
    Apr22

    A Reckoning for Russia in Syria

    Security Even if the United States had not bombed an airbase controlled by the Syrian government on April 7th, it would still be clear that Moscow is approaching a critical moment in Syria. Initial gains are looking less impressive as the conflict grinds on, and a rethink looks imminent and necessary for the Kremlin. Certainly, Russia has gained...

    Are We All Losers?
    Apr19

    Are We All Losers?

    Security Sam Charap and Tim Colton, two prominent American Russia watchers, have published a new book with an alarming title: Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia. Their main idea: the ongoing Russian–Ukraine conflict is unprecedented, because in classical terms, it is not a “win-lose” or even a...

    Проигрывают не все
    Apr19

    Проигрывают не все

    Security В начале марта в Вашингтоне прошла презентация новой книги известных американских экспертов по проблемам России и постсоветского пространства Сэма Чэрапа и Тима Коултона, которая вышла под алармистским заголовком “Все проигрывают». Основная идея авторов заключалась в том, что продолжающееся российско-украинское противостояние...

    Putin Woos the American Fringe
    Apr18

    Putin Woos the American Fringe

    Russia / World For the past few months, much of the media coverage threading Moscow’s influence among American polities has focused on the Kremlin’s relationship with those close to U.S. President Donald Trump. This, of course, is understandable, in so far as investigators are continuing to unwind the links between Trump’s...

    Ramzan Kadyrov: Russia’s Top Diplomat
    Apr11

    Ramzan Kadyrov: Russia’s Top Diplomat

    Security The influence of Ramzan Kadyrov, who has ruled the Republic of Chechnya since 2007, stretches far beyond the Caucasus. Due to the peculiarities of Russia’s political system, Kadyrov’s dictatorship has long had a sizeable impact on Russia’s wider domestic policy. It does not stop there: the Kremlin is increasingly using...

    Russia’s YouTube Generation
    Apr10

    Russia’s YouTube Generation

    Society On March 26th, a wave of anti-corruption protests swept across more than 90 Russian cities. One of the central themes was the active participation of people under 20, which many in Russia’s state media indulgently (and somewhat patronisingly) called ‘school kids’ (shkolota). Of course, it is hardly possible to calculate the...

    Russia in East Asia: Ambitions Fall Short of Reality
    Apr10

    Russia in East Asia: Ambitions Fall Short of Reality

    Russia / World Ever since the end of the Cold War, the idea of a dramatic turn to Asia has been a recurrent aim of Russia’s foreign policy. Russian politicians and commentators have emphasized the need to balance Russia’s external relations by taking a more active posture towards the East since the mid-1990s. Asia re-emerged once...

    The New Russian Renaissance
    Apr04

    The New Russian Renaissance

    Society Despite official statements from Russian officials about a “turn towards Asia” and the Russian media’s “anti-Western” rhetoric, the government’s cultural initiatives of the past few years tell another story: In the search for a national image, priority is accorded to anything portraying Russia as the “true” Europe, a European...

    The New Russian Renaissance
    Apr04

    The New Russian Renaissance

    Society Despite official statements from Russian officials about a “turn towards Asia” and the Russian media’s “anti-Western” rhetoric, the government’s cultural initiatives of the past few years tell another story: In the search for a national image, priority is accorded to anything portraying Russia as the “true” Europe, a European...

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