Brian Taylor
(ABC Radio) Brian Taylor was interviewed on Australia's ABC radio regarding the detention of former US Marine Paul Whelan in Russia. "At the moment I would lean towards an explanation that has much more to do with what's going on in terms of the FSB [Federal Security Service of the Russian...
PONARS Eurasia
(Point & Counterpoint) Russia accepts about four million labor migrants annually, most of them from three Central Asian states. Less noticeable are internal migrant workers—Russian nationals who move to another place to make money, leaving their families behind. Maria Lipman talks to...
Erik Herron Cynthia Buckley, Ralph Clem
(PONARS Policy Memo) Since the armed conflict in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine began in early 2014, over 10,000 lives have been lost and nearly two million persons displaced, making this one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. The considerable damage wrought to the infrastructure,...
Samuel Greene
(WP) Just days into the new year, foreign policy analysts are already rerunning a decades-old show: “What’s Russia thinking?” The prompt this time around was the New Year’s Eve arrest of Paul Whelan, an ex-Marine with four passports and a professed love for Russia who allegedly came to Moscow to...
PONARS Eurasia
(NYTimes) The American man being held on espionage charges in Moscow also has British, Canadian and Irish citizenship, officials said on Friday, a status that could complicate the situation for Russia if it finds itself confronted by coordinated pressure from the West. The man, Paul N. Whelan,...
Dmitry Gorenburg
(Hybrid Co) “The November 25 naval skirmish between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the Kerch Strait highlighted the fraught legal status of the strait and the Azov Sea, a status that Russia has been exploiting in recent months to exert political and economic pressure on Ukraine” writes Dmitry...
Kimberly Marten Kimberly Marten
(PONARS Policy Memo) Yevgeny Prigozhin, the corrupt military contractor from St. Petersburg who funds the informal armed organization known as the Wagner Group, expanded his lucrative foreign adventures into Africa in 2018 with Russian state support. His fortunes continued to rise even after scores...

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