Russia

PONARS Eurasia 24 Nov 2020
(Moscow Times) In May, as Russia was tentatively emerging from a nationwide lockdown and clocking up near-record numbers of new infections, Russian officials began mounting an aggressive public campaign to present Moscow’s handling of the coronavirus as faultless.  Central to that was boasting about the country’s low number of fatalities compared with Europe, the U.S. and...
Marlene Laruelle 23 Nov 2020
(Bloomsbury Academic) In examining the re-emergence of Russia's White Movement, Memory Politics and the Russian Civil War gets to the heart of the rich 20th-century memory debates going on in Putin's Russia today. The Kremlin has been giving preference to a Soviet-lite nostalgia that denounces the 1917 Bolshevik revolution but celebrates the birth of a powerful Soviet Union able to bring the...
Eiki Berg 23 Nov 2020
(Geopolitics) Abstract: This paper explores the geopolitical role that a de facto state may play while operating in the context of patron-client relations and engagement without recognition framework. This is especially pronounced in Transnistria, which due to economic incentives offered by the EU through the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) may not fit well into the overall...
(King's Russia Institute) Book launch: The Red Mirror: Putin's Leadership and Russia's Insecure Identity by Gulnaz Sharafutdinova. Discussant: Maxim Trudolyubov, Opinion Editor, Meduza. Chair: Samuel Greene, King's Russia Institute, King's College London. Tuesday, November 24. London: 17:30-19:00. Understanding Russian politics...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Nov 2020
(JAMnews) Unexpected bills have been put forward in the Russian Duma, guaranteeing immunity to former presidents of the country. This initiative looks strange given that the current leader of the country Vladimir Putin has no obstacles to continue ruling the country for many years to come. At the same time, unconfirmed rumors in the media speak about Putin’s grave health condition....
Tags: Rogov, Russia
Regina Smyth 12 Nov 2020
(Conversation) The 2020 election, in which Joe Biden is the projected winner, is not what a rigged election looks like. Rigged elections are organized. Vote counts certainly don’t play out in front of the country on television screens. When it’s a decentralized, sprawling affair that is broadcast for many days and nights, you can be pretty sure it’s democracy. If you want to know...
PONARS Eurasia 12 Nov 2020
(Moscow Times) The Russian government is pushing ahead with a long-rumored mini-reshuffle this week in what analysts see as a mark of both newly installed prime minister Mikhail Mishustin’s growing influence and President Vladimir Putin’s divide-and-conquer approach to keeping his underlings in check. A handful of mid-ranking cabinet members have been shuffled out and replaced by new...
Tags: Petrov, Russia
Pavel Baev 10 Nov 2020
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) As the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in the United States became clear, many Russians began to reflect on what the result might mean for Russia’s position in global affairs. While most Russians did not have a preference for the winner, the fierce political contestation in the US attracted massive attention, and not merely because of the entertainment value...

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