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Peter Rutland 30 Apr 2020
(TOL) Amid the pandemic, Russia, China, and others find time to debate the timing of the beginning and end of World War II and other details of years long past.  The “memory wars” over World War II show no sign of abating. This month saw new developments in Moscow, Beijing, and Prague. Different countries have different stories. For China the war began in 1931, for Britain 1939, for...
Volodymyr Dubovyk 30 Apr 2020
(Atlantic Council blog) Saakashvili is a larger than life character who provokes either outright dismissal or endless praise. In reality, he is not so straightforward. As president of Georgia, he went from highly acclaimed reformer to soft authoritarian. His entry into Ukrainian politics in 2015 was seen as a promising sign for the country. Saakashvili’s appointment as Odesa region governor was a...
PONARS Eurasia 30 Apr 2020
(FT) A row over censorship has plunged Russia’s top business newspaper into a crisis that could either see it fall under the Kremlin’s control or torpedo a deal to sell it, leaving it on the verge of bankruptcy. Staff at Vedomosti are in open revolt against new acting editor...  A few days later, Mr Shmarov gave a story about state oil company Rosneft a more favourable headline. He then...
Judyth Twigg 30 Apr 2020
(RAD) This issue of the RAD focuses on Russia and the Covid-​19 Pandemic. First, Judy Twigg analyzes the challenge the coronavirus pandemic poses to Russia. The author contends that Russia’s approach to containing the virus and the healthcare system’s condition raise serious questions about the efficacy of the much-​vaunted “power vertical” in this instance. Second, Gunter Deuber looks at...
PONARS Eurasia 29 Apr 2020
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Dmitry Gorenburg 29 Apr 2020
(RMR blog) One more policy brief from the series on Russian strategic culture and leadership decision-making, written for a collaborative project organized by the Marshall Center with support from the Russia Strategy Initiative. This one is on Russia-China military cooperation.  Several sections of this brief are based on previous work on Russia-China cooperation that was co-authored...
Vladimir Popov 28 Apr 2020
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) It is clear by now that several East Asian responses to the coronavirus scourge have been extremely efficient, especially in China and South Korea. Now, countries elsewhere hit by the virus have been incorporating East Asian response toolkits, with many strategies slowly yielding results. However, there is a new danger today: economic recession caused by the...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Apr 2020
(TIME) March is usually an important month for Alexandra Gerasimova’s business, Fitmost, which offers subscription fitness classes across Russia. People want to shape up after the long winter, and revenue from that month helps to cover the income loss during the quieter seasons of spring and summer. But by mid-March, after weeks of slowing business, her company shut down fully as millions of...
24 Apr 2020
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) Post-Soviet governments have ordered their anti-coronavirus priorities differently as they have tried to balance the health of the population with the security of the state. A PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo divided the post-Soviet countries into four groups depending on their pandemic reactions: early responders, late responders, laggards, and deniers. Russia, the authors...
Maria Snegovaya 24 Apr 2020
(Post-Soviet Affairs) Abstract: On the concept of “rally around the flag,” scholars often argue that by invoking the danger of external threats in times of economic hardship, leaders can rally the public around the government in a way that would otherwise be impossible. Alternative streams of literature suggest that a darkening economic reality (“butter”) may weaken the impact of patriotic...

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