Posts by PONARS Eurasia

PONARS Eurasia 08-31-2020
(The Naked Pravda/Meduza) If you’ve read anything about Russia’s coronavirus vaccine, “Sputnik V,” you know that it’s rolling out to the public in October, just as Phase III trials begin — meaning that researchers still have no idea how effective the product actually is. So far, the scientists developing Sputnik V say they’ve combined Phase I and Phase II testing and confirmed its safety and immunogenicity, but they’ve yet to compare it to a placebo and...
PONARS Eurasia 08-31-2020
(Jacobin) Since Belarus’s disputed election, both President Alexander Lukashenko and the liberal opposition have recognized the importance of strike actions in deciding what happens next. But while there have been protests across Belarus’s major workplaces, a long-shackled labor movement faces an uphill struggle to advance a political agenda of its own. [...] Added to this is the fact that Belarus’s state-owned industries need a trained workforce. In...
PONARS Eurasia 08-27-2020
(PONARS Eurasia Fridays) Online Event: State Responses to COVID-19 in Eurasia: What Have We Learned? Featuring: "Securitization of COVID-19 and Security of Authoritarian Regimes: A Case Study of Central Asia" by Mariya Omelicheva (National War College, National Defense University) and Lawrence Markowitz (Rowan University) "State Capacity and Political Culture as Parameters for the Analysis of Quality of Governance in the...
PONARS Eurasia 08-24-2020
(WSJ) MOSCOW—The sudden and mysterious illness that left Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in a coma has delivered a blow to Russia’s political opposition, throwing into question its future at a time when the Kremlin has stepped up its efforts to stamp out dissent. Mr. Navalny fell ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow last week after drinking a cup of tea that his supporters say was laced with poison. He was evacuated to a Berlin hospital on Saturday....
PONARS Eurasia 08-23-2020
(Bloomberg) We will probably never know for certain who ordered tainted tea for the Kremlin’s most vocal critic. Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption campaigning has made him a long list of enemies, and a dark undercurrent of violence is never far from the surface in Russian politics. The timing of the assault, though, suggests worrying disquiet among those in charge. [...] More significantly, though, he is perceived as an unquantifiable risk. His tactical...
PONARS Eurasia 08-21-2020
(Pledge Times) Russian opposition leader, activist and founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) Alexei Navalnyi, 44, is a real “stick under the skin” for an influential district in the Kremlin. In recent years, he has managed to organize a huge Russian anti-government opposition in a short time and get thousands of Russians to take to the streets to oppose the corrupt regime. On Thursday, he was rushed to hospital due to suspicion of poisoning...
PONARS Eurasia 08-19-2020
(KCBS Radio) The Republican-led Senate intelligence committee on the Russia investigation into our 2016 election has just released its detailed report. The findings show the Trump Campaign's interactions with Russian intelligence agencies posed what they're calling a "grave" threat to U.S. counterintelligence. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Dan Mitchinson and Margie Shafer spoke with Kathryn Stoner, Deputy Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for...
PONARS Eurasia 08-17-2020
In this PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Denis Volkov (Levada Center) to learn more about public perceptions around current events in Khabarovsk, the "reset" of Putin's term limit, and the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen Here (Blubrry) Transcript Maria: Hello everyone, this is Maria Lipman and our PONARS Eurasia Podcast featuring a series of discussions about Russia and Eurasia, about the region’s...
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PONARS Eurasia 08-17-2020
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) How do Russians in the West want to influence their country’s future? On July 1, Anton Konev drove two and a half hours from Albany, NY, to cast his ballot at the Russian Consulate in Manhattan. Like millions of other Russian citizens, he participated in the country’s constitutional referendum on new amendments. It was also a referendum on allowing Vladimir Putin to remain president for another sixteen years,...
PONARS Eurasia 08-12-2020
(WFMJ) WASHINGTON (AP) — No, Russia isn't having a Sputnik moment. The announcement Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine did not provoke the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957. Instead, it was met by doubts about the science and safety. [...] "To be the first one out of the block with a coronavirus vaccine would be a real — pardon the...

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