Vladimir Popov
(Global Brief) How is the Russian man doing in 2013, nearly a century after the Russian Revolution and just over two decades after the fall of the USSR? Moscow, Europe’s largest city, has more dollar billionaires than any other city in the world. All told, there are 84 Muscovite billionaires,...
Sergey Markedonov
(RBTH) The detention of Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov has brought Dagestan into the spotlight once again. A veteran Dagestani politician has been taken out of the game in a move that is nothing short of sensational. Dagestan has been the stage for many conflicts in the post-Soviet era. The largest...
Vladimir Popov
The specter of currency wars is again haunting policymakers. An outburst of competitive devaluations of national currencies happened on a major scale during the Great Depression. In recent decades, there has been a rapid accumulation of reserves by developing countries, especially China. This is...
Shairbek Juraev
On June 20, 2013, the Kyrgyz parliament voted 91-5 to cancel the U.S.-Kyrgyz agreements on the Transit Center at Manas airport to be effective one year from now in July 2014. There has been much  speculation about parliament accepting or rejecting President Almazbek Atambaev’s decision to close or...
Brian Taylor
Since his removal as Russian Minister of Finance in September 2011, Aleksey Kudrin has repeatedly stated his disagreement with the government’s economic policies. Indeed, his objection to state spending priorities was one of the principal reasons for his departure, and it remains one of the central...
Andrey Makarychev
The concept “emerging power” is fashionable among specialists in international relations. However, questions abound. Is an emerging power a state that is pragmatically using a moment of Western weakening to secure some space for itself? Or are they states that present serious and substantial...
Juliet Johnson
The BRICS states—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—have increasingly sought to develop and diversify the international monetary system in ways that do not rely on dialogue with the system’s traditional powers. They are now using the BRICS forum to reinforce economic cooperation among...
Dmitry Gorenburg
In the five years of Anatoly Serdyukov’s tenure as defense minister, the Russian military underwent one of the most significant reforms of any period since the formation of the modern Soviet Army during and immediately after World War II. As part of this reform, the military shed most of its Soviet...
Viatcheslav Morozov
One of the consequences of Russia’s recent political foment has been a phenomenon experts have labeled “nationalization of the elites.” The goal of the policy, which Vladimir Putin launched soon after his return to the presidency, was to reduce the odds that public servants and politicians would...

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