Ora John Reuter 29 Mar 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) In the 1990s and early 2000s, much of Russian politics revolved around relations between the Kremlin and regional elites. As Putin recentralized federal authority over the course of the 2000s, these relations became less important. However, recent developments suggest that Russia watchers should keep their eye on regional politics. Certain trends in subnational appointments—in particular, the increasing number of governors...
PONARS Eurasia 29 Mar 2017
(CSM) Generally, prestigious private universities with hundreds of students don't get shut down over fairly minor, six-month-old technical issues that have since been resolved. But that is precisely the predicament facing the two-decade-old European University at St. Petersburg, a bastion of Western liberal arts, which has been ordered closed by a district court after a furious conservative assault against it. [...] Nikolai Petrov, a political...
J. Paul Goode 28 Mar 2017
(The Conversation) When Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced his candidacy for the 2018 presidential election, he was seemingly blocked from running for office. But then, in early March, he posted an hour-long investigation into Prime Minister Dmitry Medevedev’s wealth on YouTube. Using drone footage and Medvedev’s own Instagram account, the video alleged that Medvedev used a complicated scheme to channel billions of roubles into...
Kimberly Marten 28 Mar 2017
(Fortune) Believe it or not, the time may be ripe for a cyber deal with Russia that would aim to protect average Americans from cyber hacks during peacetime. While the idea might not sit well with those investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, the United States would lose nothing by seeing whether an accord might work. At a similar juncture in 2015, the United States was able to reach a cyber accord with China....
PONARS Eurasia 28 Mar 2017
(KU News) A wave of rallies and protests on the corruption of Vladimir Putin's government is rare behavior in Russia in recent years and could provide clues into the developing political climate there, said a University of Kansas researcher of Russian politics. According to news reports, protesters and opposition leaders are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after the chief architect of the rally, Alexei Navalny, has...
Evgeny Finkel 28 Mar 2017
This book focuses on three Jewish communities—those of Minsk, Kraków, and Białystok—to try to understand why Jews in these communities had very different responses when faced with similar Nazi policies. Relying on rich archival material and hundreds of survivors’ testimonies, the book presents a new framework for understanding the survival strategies in which Jews engaged: cooperation and collaboration, coping and compliance, evasion, and...
Samuel Greene 27 Mar 2017
(Moscow-on-Thames) If you thought Russia’s presidential election was going to be held in March 2018, you were wrong. The voting began today. In an authoritarian system, elections aren’t about who wins or loses on election day. Modern dictators spend the short years between election cycles fighting battles over their legitimacy – hounding potential opponents, reining in the media, burnishing their public image – as though every day could be...
Sergey Minasyan 24 Mar 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo) Over the last two decades, conventional (non-nuclear) deterrence in Russia’s military strategy has changed from being a sub-tactical, sub-strategic warfighting tool to being a separate military-political factor—a self-contained component in Russia’s strategic deterrence concept. Soon after Russia revised its military doctrine in 2014, it applied this conventional deterrence concept in its Syria campaign—against the backdrop...

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