Marlene Laruelle
(Rowan & Littlefield) This social and cultural analysis provides a new understanding of Kazakhstan’s younger generations that emerged during the rule of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been presiding over Kazakhstan for the thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Half of Kazakhstan’s...
PONARS Eurasia
PONARS Eurasia Annual Policy Conference Thursday, September 12 "China’s Rise in Eurasia" | CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Ave, NW | Link: CSIS Information 1:30-3:30 pm: Seminar I: The China Factor in Eurasia Hilary Appel, Claremont McKenna College, Elizabeth Wishnick, Montclair State University, Stephen...
Stephen B. Kaplan
(PONARS EURASIA Policy Memo) Nicolás Maduro has managed to contain a “military-backed challenge” from interim National Assembly President Juan Guaidó in April, but his grip on power remains tenuous given the historic economic crisis his country faces. Oil production, the backbone of its economy,...
Dmitry Gorenburg
(RMR blog) Here’s the second in a series of policy briefs 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 Russian strategic goals in a Nordic crisis....
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(VOX) Russians across the country voted this weekend, but everyone was watching city council elections in Moscow. That’s because this summer, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to Moscow’s streets, demanding that the city council election be free and fair after election officials...
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(VOA) MOSCOW - Russian voters handed setbacks to Kremlin-affiliated candidates in Moscow and other local elections nationwide — losses that came despite a near total ban on opposition candidates that sparked a summer of street protests and mass arrests in the capital.   With most of the vote...
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(Bloomberg) What was supposed to be a sleepy round of off-cycle regional elections on Sunday has turned into a referendum on President Vladimir Putin and his ruling United Russia party. Initial results in a few races for governor appeared to show good news for the Kremlin even as its candidates...
Samuel Greene
(Moscow-on-Thames blog) By most accounts, United Russia is finished. I suppose that’s not surprising, given that it was never really expected to last even this long. Cobbled together in 2001 through the merger of the Unity and Fatherland All Russia Parties — which themselves had been cobbled...
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(The Economist) Egor zhukov, a student in Moscow, published a video blog on August 1st in which he described how the siloviki (members of Russia’s security services) had seized power in Russia, using protests over local elections in Moscow as an excuse. “Russia will inevitably be free,” he said, “...

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