06 Mar 2018
(PONARS Policy Memo) In February 2017, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and President Vladimir Putin introduced a far-reaching plan to demolish ten percent of Moscow’s housing stock, relocate residents, and ultimately provide them new housing. During their discussion, the mayor told Putin, “…we have...
05 Mar 2018
(The Hill) From spy thrillers at the box office, to a Trump campaign aides recent guilty plea tied to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, ominous news about Russia seems to be everywhere. But while Russia’s election meddling was very real, and the implications of this intervention...
External Interference Narratives in Russian and U.S. Politics: Conspiracy Theorizing Meets Whataboutism
27 Feb 2018
(PONARS Policy Memo) Conspiracy theories about covert external interference play significant roles in the political discourses of many countries worldwide. In Russia, conspiracy theorizing about U.S. clandestine interference is a long-time, long-term political trend currently being used to increase...
Podvig: Rogozin confirmed that missiles (with nuclear warheads) were on the Russian submarine that caught fire in 2011
27 Feb 2018
(Popular Mechanics) Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin has admitted that a December 2011 incident involving a nuclear missile submarine almost became one of the worst nuclear weapons disasters ever recorded. The Ekaterinburg, a ballistic missile submarine, caught fire in drydock,...
23 Feb 2018
(PONARS Policy Memo) On December 11, 2017, two and a half years after the start of Russia’s military campaign in Syria, President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the Hmeimim Air Base in Syria, declared that the main mission was accomplished and ordered home the significant part of Russia’s military...
22 Feb 2018
(PONARS Policy Memo) Since independence, politics in Ukraine has often turned on issues of identity. Ethnic and linguistic cleavages have tended to underlie political divisions and have been used by politicians to avoid responsibility for corruption, economic and social decline. However, twice in...
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