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PONARS Eurasia 08 Aug 2019
(Eurasianet) Georgia’s top banker has signaled his intention to enter politics and take on the country’s top businessman, Bidzina Ivanishvili, the chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party. Mamuka Khazaradze’s entrance into politics could offer a third choice to voters disenchanted with both GD and its archfoe, the United National Movement (UNM).  Khazaradze, the founder of the...
Andrey Makarychev 08 Aug 2019
(Politics and the Life Sciences) Abstract: In this article, we scrutinize a policy area in which the Russian government has had to react to negative publicity in the last few years, namely, the doping scandal surrounding the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. This scandal uncovered important aspects of Russia’s vulnerability in the global sports milieu, yet so far, it has remained almost...
Tags: Russia, Sports
Pavel Baev 06 Aug 2019
(EDM) Last Wednesday’s (July 31) phone call from United States President Donald Trump probably offered little respite to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Since the start of this year’s unusually cold summer, every promising opportunity in foreign affairs was spoiled for the Russian leader with some domestic disturbance. The glitzy St. Petersburg Economic Forum in early June was ruined by...
Tags: Baev, Russia
PONARS Eurasia 02 Aug 2019
(Point & Counterpoint) Under Russian President Vladimir Putin, plebiscitary techniques have played a key role in politics as a way to manufacture the image of democratic legitimacy. Far from being opposed to elections, the current regime readily transforms them into plebiscites and produces impressive polling numbers while simultaneously demobilizing popular participation. On numerous...
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PONARS Eurasia 29 Jul 2019
(Democracy Now) AMY GOODMAN: We’re joined now by Samuel Greene, director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London. His book, co-authored with Graeme Robertson, is just out. It’s titled Putin v. the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia. He’s also author of Moscow in Movement: Power and Opposition in Putin’s Russia. Samuel Greene, welcome to ...
Tags: Greene, Russia
Alexandra Yatsyk 29 Jul 2019
(National Identities) (Co-authored with Andrey Makarychev) Abstract: This article approaches Russophone groups in Estonia and Germany as discursive subjects and producers of their own narratives and storylines that are either technically independent from Moscow's control or implicitly challenge Kremlin's propaganda. The major goal of this research is to compare how the German and Estonian...

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