Alexandra YatsykAlexandra Yatsyk
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) The pandemic presented Russia’s long-serving, authoritarian government with a rare and ongoing opportunity to advance its interests vis-à-vis the West. Chaotic responses nearby in the EU and beyond to the extraordinary epidemiological emergency created an opening that...
Andrei Semenov
(RAD) Abstract: On September 11–13, 2020, Russians elected 18 governors and 11 subnational legislatures. The “single voting day,” which due to the Covid-19 pandemic stretched over three days, took place in the shadow of the economic crisis and mobilization in Belarus and Khabarovsk. Consequently,...
Joshua Tucker
(Washington Post) On Jan. 17, Alexei Navalny, perhaps the best-known domestic critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, returned to Russia in dramatic fashion after recovering in Germany from what he claims was deliberate poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok, allegedly by agents of the Kremlin...
Regina Smyth
(The Conversation) Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and his team have stunned the Russian government again, forcing President Vladimir Putin and his allies to confront significant protest led by a foe they hoped to first sideline and, more recently, eliminate. Navalny was nearly killed in...
PONARS Eurasia
(PONARS Eurasia and IERES) On January 6, 2021, protestors carried out a violent attack at the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn Donald Trump's defeat in the 2020 United States presidential elections. In this upcoming PONARS Eurasia event, scholars from across the United States and Eurasia will...
Anar ValiyevAnar Valiyev
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Global events related to the COVID-19 pandemic have affected all countries in Central Eurasia, with many experiencing signs of recession in late 2020. The forced quarantine regimes and economic downturns challenged or accelerated the downfall of governance systems,...
Peter Rutland
(Transitions) Alexei Navalny’s return to Moscow on 17 January is a pivotal moment in Russian history. His decision to go home after five months recuperating in Berlin was an act of extraordinary bravery, one with few parallels in modern times.  He knew that he faced almost certain imprisonment, and...
Nikolay Petrov
(Moscow Times) Many now consider “Putin’s Palace” — that jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny exposed in a YouTube video that has garnered more than 80 million views in a matter of days — as a symbol of the ruling regime, and the black-garbed riot police attacking protesters as the method by...
Graeme Robertson
(Washington Post) Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader who returned to Russia last week after recovering in Berlin from an attempt on his life involving a military nerve agent, presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a stark choice. Putin could bolster his grip on power by silencing...
PONARS Eurasia
(Washington Post) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime has started to rely more on repression as a central tool, culminating in the arrest of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny and Saturday’s crackdown on protesters. It’s not unusual for autocratic regimes to coerce protesters, arrest...

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