Joshua Tucker
I wanted to make a quick initial observation about today’s Moscow mayoral election. The exit polls are showing the opposition leader Alexei Navalny doing better than expected at close to 30% of the vote, but losing handily to Putin ally and incumbent Sergei Sobyanin. The key figure here to watch,...
Cory Welt
One would think that Georgia’s government would be wary of banning presidential candidates on the basis of ambiguous citizenship laws. Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili was unceremoniously stripped of his Georgian citizenship when he announced his entry into politics in 2011. The decision was...
PONARS Eurasia
"It's been like watching a slow-moving train wreck for nearly two years," Andrew Kuchins, a Russia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said of the Obama-Putin relationship. "Mr. Putin and Mr. Obama don't like each other at all. I think there's a deep degree of disrespect...
Ekaterina Stepanova
(The Moscow Times) The endless parallels made in recent days between the planned U.S. air strikes on Syria and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 may actually add to the general confusion more than dispel it. In reality, the two have little in common. In Iraq, a massive coalition air campaign...
PONARS Eurasia
(by Olga Gulina) For years, Russian experts wrote about regional differentiations in federal regulations. Indeed, Russia is far from being a unified or homogenous state, rather it is an increasingly dispersed archipelago of territories that only pretends to be a single country. Natalya Zubarevich,...
Sebastien Peyrouse
Whereas China has decided to reduce significantly its exports of Rare earths metals, the consumer countries, mainly Japan, South Korea, the United States and Germany, are looking for alternative partners, and have thus been eying Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and even Tajikistan. For these three...
PONARS Eurasia
(By Olga Gulina) Reality is likely to teach immigrants coming to Russia a hard lesson. The state's migration policy is veiled in seemingly liberal slogans although its application is explicitly illiberal. A fact of reality is that anti-immigrant policies are in demand by the Russian electoral...

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