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Kimberly Marten 16 Sep 2017
(Warontherocks.com) (Co-authored with Olga Oliker) Earlier this year, armed protesters used violence and threats to force Ukraine’s government into a substantial policy reversal: a ban on anthracite coal imports from separatist-controlled territory, crucial to the country’s electricity supply. The protesters were representatives of “volunteer battalions” (or pro-state militias), broadly credited with helping Ukraine...
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Pavel Baev 12 Sep 2017
(EDM) The fast-escalating crisis in East Asia, driven by the chain of nuclear and missile provocations by the North Korean regime, has upset the carefully prepared agendas of regional politics. In early September, North Korea cast a shadow over talks at the BRICS (a loose political grouping of major developing economies Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in China as well as the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. President...
Samuel Greene 11 Sep 2017
(Moscow-on-Thames) In case you were wondering what a stolen election looks like, this is it. Russians went to the polls yesterday for what will be the last major round of voting before the presidential election next spring. Both the Kremlin and the opposition, of course, had points to prove. And both sides, it would seem, achieved something closely resembling their goals. United Russia handily won 16 out of the 16 gubernatorial...
Samuel Greene 06 Sep 2017
(Moscow-on-Thames) The cells in Russia’s jails reserved for political prisoners, like nature, apparently abhor a vacuum. No sooner had Russia’s prisons and labor colonies begun to discharge the last of the ‘Bolotnoe’ prisoners — jailed in the aftermath of the May 6, 2012, protests — than they began to fill up again with the participants in the March 26 and June 12, 2017, rallies. Just today, a court in...
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Samuel Greene 30 Aug 2017
(Moscow-on-Thames) This is what Russia’s financial markets did in the aftermath of the announcement that the Government and Central Bank were moving to take over the country’s largest private lender, Otkrytie (see the news in English or Russian.) It is, of course, not what is usually happens in such circumstances: stocks do not usually rise in the aftermath of such news, and currencies usually fall. [[{"type":"media","view_mode...
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(National Interest) The Zapad-2017 military exercise that will take place in September in Russia and Belarus has already begun to draw attention in the Western press. In recent days, media outlets have published somewhat panicked accounts about the unprecedented numbers of Russian troops conducting drills on the borders of vulnerable eastern European countries like Poland and Lithuania. Others are arguing that once Russian troops...
Donald Trump has been the president of the United States for half a year. Over this time, observers have been trying to see through the cloud of his often controversial and conflicting statements at what might constitute his true vision of international relations. Trump’s recent speech in Warsaw was the best window into his outlook. Although he provided some good answers, the feeling after the speech was that now we have more questions than answers...
Pavel Baev 01 Aug 2017
(EDM) It has gradually dawned on the Russian leadership that the legislation approved by the US Congress amounts not just to some more tightening of sanctions, but to the downgrading of Russia’s status on the international arena to that of a “pariah state” on par with Iran and North Korea. Until recently, Russian diplomacy had been making a big fuss around the denied access to two vast estates in New York and Maryland, and President...

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