PONARS Eurasia
(Point & Counterpoint) The anti-extremist legislation is a fairly broad, flexible toolkit that is well adapted to legal abuse; it is a striking example of what, early in Vladimir Putin’s tenure, was referred to as the “dictatorship of the law.” Recently, one of its elements has been softened—a...
Samuel Greene
(Moscow-on-Thames) It’s always hard to tell, but I don’t think that Vladimir Putin is planning to ramp up Russia’s war with Ukraine. At least, not today. Three levels of background are in order here. First, what happened today: Putin announced that Russia would offer expedited citizenship to...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) The second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine, held last Sunday (April 21), was a rather unconventional democratic exercise. And for millions of keen followers in Russia, who looked at it through the distorting lens of their mainstream media, it was oddly disconcerting. For one...
PONARS Eurasia
(U.S. News & World Report) NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM Jong Un will travel to Russia later this week to meet with President Vladimir Putin, local state media reports, for what would be an intensely rare summit but one analysts doubt will serve as much more than a high-profile photo op. Both...
Juliet Johnson Benjamin Forest
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Why do people fly the EU flag in post-Soviet countries that are not EU member states and will not become EU member states any time soon? Waving the EU flag may assert that a particular state belongs, or should belong, to the European community. But as the EU and Russia...
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...

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