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Polina Sinovets 07 Aug 2020
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) In a surprise move this past June, Moscow published its first-ever “Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence.” The content core of these fundamental principles looks like excerpts from other Russian documents pertaining to the conditions and “red lines” of nuclear weapons use. The significance of this document is that it...
Henry Hale 05 Aug 2020
(The Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations) Russian-American relations seem to be worsening with every year. After an attempted “reset” under U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev exhausted itself, a steady stream of events has kept tensions on a high burn. Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. American economic sanctions on Russia. Russian...
Samuel Greene 13 Aug 2020
(Moscow-on-Thames blog) We should always retain the capacity to be surprised. I am not an expert on Belarus. I have done precious little research there, have few contacts and no insider knowledge. I am, then, watching the scenes of protest very much like many others for whom the country has been on the periphery of our attention: with rapt bewilderment. I’m here to tell you that bewilderment is...
PONARS Eurasia 12 Aug 2020
(WFMJ) WASHINGTON (AP) — No, Russia isn't having a Sputnik moment. The announcement Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine did not provoke the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957. Instead, it was met by doubts about the science and safety. [...] "To be the first one...
PONARS Eurasia 12 Aug 2020
(Moscow Times) The death toll from the coronavirus across many Russian regions could be many times higher than official statistics show, analysis of new data by The Moscow Times suggests. Experts pointed to systemic underreporting of deaths, and highlighted a complex incentive structure and political relationship between the Kremlin and Russia’s governors in the regions. They believe that by...
Arkady Moshes 11 Aug 2020
(FIIA Comment) Alexander Lukashenko’s “victory” in the election cannot bridge the gap between the president and the modern part of Belarusian society. Turbulent times may lie ahead for Belarus. This will require the West to revise its current approach and invest more in supporting forces that want reforms and the country’s Europeanization. Read More © Finnish Institute of International...
Pavel Baev 11 Aug 2020
(EDM) The Russian Security Council held a virtual session last Friday (August 7), and President Vladimir Putin opened with the proposal to discuss the “international situation in general”; if his subordinates had any other business, it could be discussed “in a routine manner” (Kremlin.ru, August 7). This setting of the agenda thus projected the impression that Russia’s ruler sees no serious...
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Elise Giuliano 07 Aug 2020
(Monkey Cage) In Khabarovsk, a Russian city nearly 4,000 miles east of Moscow, thousands of people have been protesting President Vladimir Putin for more than three weeks. The protesters want the Kremlin to release their governor, Sergei Furgal, whom federal agents arrested in July and charged in connection with multiple murders from 2004 and 2005. The protests have been...

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