Dmitry Gorenburg
(Russia Matters) “Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy,” an important new book by the Israeli scholar Dmitry Adamsky, explores the critical but highly understudied juncture between religion and the military. Focusing on the role played by the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) in the restoration and development of...
PONARS Eurasia
(PRI) Life will imitate art as Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian who played president on TV, is set to become Ukraine's president in real life next month. Zelenskiy was elected in a landslide victory in Sunday's run-off election, garnering more than 70% of the vote against incumbent President Petro...
PONARS Eurasia
(Newsweek) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov responded Monday to the outcome of Ukraine’s election, which saw comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelensky beat incumbent Petro Poroshenko to become the former Soviet Union nation’s president. "Moscow respects the choice of...
PONARS Eurasia
(WP) KIEV, Ukraine — Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election has thrust a comedian and political novice into the middle of the most dangerous flashpoint between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War. Whether Zelenskiy is any match at all for Vladimir...
PONARS Eurasia
(Michigan Daily) Since the late months of 2017, news media has increasingly published more information about the detainment of ethnic minority groups in China’s “re-education” camps. These internment camps have been in operation since 2014, and the number and size of the camps have increased...
PONARS Eurasia
(The Guardian) One of the silver linings running through the dark clouds of their history is that Russians have developed a strong line in subversive political humour. In one joke that has recently been doing the rounds, Putin asks Stalin: “Why is everything here so bad? What should I do?” “Execute...
Nigel Gould-Davies
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) The effects of Western sanctions on Russia have been much debated since they were first imposed in 2014. But their impact on Russia’s economic elites remains little studied. This should be remedied. From the start, sanctions have affected elites. But in 2018, major...
PONARS Eurasia
(openDemocracy) On 4 February, a house fire in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, killed five sisters aged between one and 13. Women campaigning for increased social and financial support for “hero mothers” - as mothers to six or more children are known - pointed to the fire as evidence that the state...
Stanislav Tkachenko
(Valdai Club) On April 11, 2019, London police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy. He was denied further asylum. Today, the fuss caused by the publication of thousands of classified documents in the early 2010s is almost forgotten, but Assange has already entered...

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