Marlene Laruelle
(IFRI) What makes the militia milieu so unique and important for understanding today’s Russia is that it finds itself at the intersection of state institutions, patronage mechanisms, criminal structures, and grassroots illiberal activism. Abroad, the Kremlin plays through it one of its major “...
PONARS Eurasia
(The Economist) Tom lehrer’s satirical ditty on the Nazi-turned-American rocketeer was faithful to the essence of early missile development, whose principal challenge was hoisting the weapons into the sky. Gravity did most of the rest. The first warheads capable of steering on descent did not...
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(CBS News) Moscow -- When it comes to the U.S. government, Russian TV pulls no punches. "Failure," "not making any sense," "liar" -- these are just a few of the labels that anchors on Russia's state-run TV have pinned on President Donald Trump in recent months.  Television remains the primary...
Kirill Rogov
(The Economist) Every time a high-powered Russian official, oligarch or governor gets arrested, the same questions surface: why him, why now, who’s next? In recent months these questions have become more frequent as former and current ministers, governors, high officials and an American investor...
Dmitry Gorenburg
(Russian Military Reform | Marshall Center) As part of a collaborative project on Russian strategic culture and leadership decision-making, organized by the Marshall Center with support from the Russia Strategy Initiative, I have published a policy brief on Russian strategic goals in a Baltic...
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(Al Jazeera) Dnipro, Ukraine - On Sunday evening, outside a polling station in Dnipro, the fourth-largest city inUkraine, pensioner Alexey Krut shared his opinion of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and Dnipro native. "I hated Yulia Tymoshenko from the start, but if she gets to the second...

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