PONARS Eurasia
(Foreign Policy) The so-called Wagner Group, a quasi-private Russian military security contractor, has long been deft at finding opportunity amid chaos. Since the group first appeared on the battlefields of eastern Ukraine in 2014, it has become the Swiss Army knife of Russia’s overseas...
Alexander Iskandaryan
(jam-news.net) Why has Armenia, with its modest geographical size and only two open land borders before the pandemic – Georgia and Iran – become the regional leader in coronavirus infections? Doctors and experts, and even ordinary citizens are closely monitoring the statistics in Armenia in order...
Tatiana Romashko
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) In this article, we analyze the management and political implications of COVID-19 in two small countries located at the EU’s north-eastern border: Finland and Estonia. Culturally, ethnically, and linguistically, they share a common Finno-Ugrian identity. Politically,...
PONARS Eurasia
(usrussiarelations.org) Full Study Guide: This website is an extensive online resource for educators, students, researchers, and engaged citizens to examine the complex history and current challenges of U.S.–Russian relations, from interference in U.S. elections, to increasing risks of nuclear...
Judyth Twigg
(Atlantic Council) On July 23, Ukraine’s Constitutional Court will hear arguments challenging the landmark 2017 legislation that overhauled the country’s healthcare system. It’s the latest salvo in an ongoing war pitting entrenched interests—empowered by the health minister—against the fundamental...
Emily Ferris
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Russia’s regional administrations tend to be overlooked as a toothless part of the system, lacking any real responsibility or power. While Moscow has certainly curbed governors’ autonomy under President Vladimir Putin’s rule, several important events over the past few...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) Every country in the world is experiencing its own particular version of the ongoing global health-and-economic crisis, and Russia faces a particularly complex one, aggravated by outstanding and escalating mismanagement. President Vladimir Putin insists that the COVID-19 pandemic is under...
Andrei SemenovVsevolod Bederson
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) As the COVID-19 pandemic struck Russia in late March 2020 and state responses looked weak and indecisive, civil society did not hesitate to step in. For example, almost 200 million rubles ($2.8 million) was raised by the NGO union Chto delat’ (“What is to be done?”) to...
PONARS Eurasia
In this week's episode of the PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Maria Repnikova (Georgia State University) and Maxim Trudolyubov (Meduza) to learn more about the state of news media in Russia and China today. Listen Here (Blubrry) Transcript Lipman: Hello everyone, this is Maria...
Regina Smyth
(Palm Beach Post) When Russians voted in early July on 200 constitutional amendments, officials rigged the election to create the illusion that President Vladimir Putin remains a popular and powerful leader after 20 years in office. In reality, he increasingly relies on manipulation and state...

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