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      Reports on Russia’s War in Ukraine Are Presented in Washington D.C.
      Jun04

      Reports on Russia’s War in Ukraine Are Presented in Washington D.C.

      On May 28, the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. hosted a presentation of two reports on the war in Ukraine. The first report, Putin: War, draws on materials collected by the late Boris Nemtsov and his allies and was presented in English for the first time. The other report, Putin’s War in Ukraine: Hiding in Plain Sight, was prepared by...

      Is the U.S. Softening its Approach toward Russia?
      May30

      Is the U.S. Softening its Approach toward Russia?

      The visit of two high-level U.S. officials to Russia in mid-May suggests that Washington has decided to play a more active role in settling the Ukraine crisis and that relations between the U.S. and Russia, strained since the fighting began, may be improving slightly. Donald Jensen, resident fellow of the Center for Transatlantic Relations,...

      Is Radical Nationalism in Russia Getting Out of Control?
      May12

      Is Radical Nationalism in Russia Getting Out of Control?

      Radical nationalism has long been one of the leading threats to Russia’s national security. However, in recent years, and especially during the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin has tried to co-opt the nationalists to use them to mobilize the population. At the moment, according to Donald Jensen, resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic...

      Putin’s Patriotism Campaign: A Dangerous Bunch of Hot Air
      May08

      Putin’s Patriotism Campaign: A Dangerous Bunch of Hot Air

      The 70th anniversary of the victory over Germany in World War II has been increasingly viewed in Russia as an unprecedented event of historic and national scale. This view has been shaped by the sharp rise of patriotic sentiment caused by the Kremlin’s adventures in Ukraine and hysterical propaganda in the state media. According to...

      Risks of Delayed Lustrations
      Apr14

      Risks of Delayed Lustrations

      Ukraine’s lustration process has given rise to much unfavorable criticism and triggered heated discussion. IMR advisor Ekaterina Mishina analyzes the experience of lustration, or the purging of government officials previously associated with the Communist Party, in the post-Soviet space and points out its risks in Ukraine. …read more...

      Dmitry Oreshkin: “In the light of Nemtsov’s murder, Putin looks like a weak and dependent politician”
      Apr06

      Dmitry Oreshkin: “In the light of Nemtsov’s murder, Putin looks like a weak and dependent politician”

      The Institute of Modern Russia continues its series of interviews with Russian and Western experts on the situation in Russia, its relationship with the West, and the future of its political system. Journalist Leonid Martynyuk speaks with prominent Russian political scientist Dmitry Oreshkin about the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, Putin’s...

      When the State Defends Itself Against Its Citizens
      Mar09

      When the State Defends Itself Against Its Citizens

      The case of Svetlana Davydova, the mother of seven children who was accused of high treason for the benefit of Ukraine, was not only the first high-profile case of espionage since the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict, but also the first case that falls under the new provisions of Article 275 of the Criminal Code. IMR legal expert Ekaterina...

      “It is [the] bigotry of lower expectations [to say] that Russians will always favor a strong man over democracy.” — Mark Lagon
      Mar03

      “It is [the] bigotry of lower expectations [to say] that Russians will always favor a strong man over democracy.” — Mark Lagon

      Unsurprisingly, Freedom House’s recent 2015 Freedom in the World report has shown a decline in civil liberties in Russia. Mark Lagon,* the new president of Freedom House, spoke with IMR’s editor-in-chief Olga Khvostunova about Russia’s current political trajectory, Putin’s stakes in the Ukraine conflict, and what the West...

      Does Russia’s Protest Movement Have a Future?
      Feb25

      Does Russia’s Protest Movement Have a Future?

      On March 1, an “anti-crisis march” organized by Russian opposition leaders is set to be held in Moscow. Its goal is to protest against the war in Ukraine and to show people’s frustration with the economic crisis. Organizers estimate that as many as 100,000 people will participate in the march. Levada Center sociologist Denis Volkov examines...

      Putin’s Hostage
      Feb19

      Putin’s Hostage

      On February 10, the Basmannyi Court of Moscow extended custody for the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who continues her hunger strike in protest of the absurd accusations against her. Writer Alexander Podrabinek argues that the Russian authorities have essentially sentenced her to death. …read more Source: Institute of Modern...

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