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PONARS Eurasia 10-22-2018
(TIME) President Donald Trump revealed Saturday the United States intends to withdraw from a 31-year-old nuclear weapons agreement with Russia, delivering a severe blow to the arms control regime that helped preserve peace since the Cold War. “We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out,” Trump told reporters after a rally in Elko, Nevada, without indicating what the next steps might be. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)...
PONARS Eurasia 10-12-2018
(Point & Counterpoint) On October 3, 2018, President Vladimir Putin submitted to the Russian legislature a bill that decriminalized some of the deeds currently described in Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code. The article in question relates to “incitement to hatred,” which it defines as a crime. Alexander Verkhovsky, head of the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, explains the possible reasons behind the president's amendments and...
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PONARS Eurasia 10-11-2018
Maria Motuznaya .jpg Maria Motuznaya has been prosecuted in her home city of Barnaul for memes she posted on the social network VKontakte. In October 2018, perhaps in response to Putin's amendments, the judge sent her case back to the prosecutor for additional investigation. (source)

  ► On October 3, 2018, President Vladimir Putin submitted to the Russian legislature a bill that decriminalized some of...
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PONARS Eurasia 10-05-2018
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PONARS Eurasia 10-05-2018
(Russia Matters) Where does Russia fit in today’s international order and what are its strategies for navigating it? In a nutshell, according to a recent discussion among scholars and policy analysts in Washington: Russia’s diminished status relative to the Cold War period has it seeking ways to offset its weaknesses on the world stage, including  a “trickster’s” arsenal of dissembling and deception, which has deep cultural roots; meanwhile, Russian...
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PONARS Eurasia 09-24-2018
  Photo1.jpg   ► Political scientist Serhiy Kudelia has studied the conflict in Donbas since its very early stages. In a recently published article, "Institutional Paths to Ending the Donbas Conflict," he discussed the possible approaches to ending the war. Maria Lipman talks to Kudelia about the current state of the conflict, as well as the prospects for, and impediments to, its resolution....
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PONARS Eurasia 09-20-2018
(Polygraph.info) In an op-ed published on the English language website of the Russian state-owned outlet RT.com, John Wight, a regular RT contributor, argued that visiting the United States might give Russian leader Vladimir Putin the ability to “humanize it beyond the realm of geopolitical differences. Wight drew a historical parallel with the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev were able to...
PONARS Eurasia 09-08-2018
(Point & Counterpoint) Moscow is Russia's wealthiest city with the largest concentration of highly-educated and critically-minded Russians. But the Moscow mayoral election is just as non-intriguing as all other regional races to be held in Russia on September 9. Russian experts—Natalia Zubarevich, Alexey Titkov, and Denis Volkov—talk about the Moscow economy, the "urban growth machine" built by Mayor Sergey Sobianin, and the perceptions of Muscovites...
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PONARS Eurasia 09-07-2018
(Post-Soviet Affairs) Introduction: The role of structure and agency in political and social changes has been a recurring topic of discussion in the social sciences since the nineteenth century. Research on political regimes and their dynamics, which lies at the heart of political science, is no exception. Over the last half century, our discipline has witnessed waves of structural determinist and actor-oriented voluntarist frameworks being created for...
PONARS Eurasia 09-07-2018
1 shutterstock_1168213711.jpg Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobianin ► Moscow is Russia's wealthiest city with the largest concentration of highly-educated and critically-minded Russians. But the Moscow mayoral election is just as non-intriguing as all other regional races to be held in Russia on September 9. Russian experts—Natalia Zubarevich, Alexey Titkov, and Denis Volkov—talk about the Moscow economy, the "urban growth...
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