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PONARS Eurasia 08-12-2020
(Moscow Times) The death toll from the coronavirus across many Russian regions could be many times higher than official statistics show, analysis of new data by The Moscow Times suggests. Experts pointed to systemic underreporting of deaths, and highlighted a complex incentive structure and political relationship between the Kremlin and Russia’s governors in the regions. They believe that by discouraging regions from reporting bad news, insisting they...
PONARS Eurasia 08-06-2020
(FT) Vladimir Putin had been reassured that the regional election in September 2018 would be nothing to worry about. Mr Putin’s man would retain the governorship of Khabarovsk Krai, a region in Russia’s far east, securing a small majority in the first round, one of his intelligence agencies had predicted. The upstart local opposition challenger was no threat. [...] “When the economic growth in Russia was high, Putin did not face much resistance when...
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PONARS Eurasia 08-03-2020
In this PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Nikolay Petrov (Chatham House) and Ivan Kurilla (European University at Saint Petersburg) to learn more about current events unfolding in Russia’s regions, focusing in particular on the cities of Khabarovsk and Saint Petersburg. Listen Here (Blubrry) Transcript Maria: Hello everyone, this is Maria Lipman and our PONARS Eurasia...
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PONARS Eurasia 08-03-2020
(RTE) Protesters have poured onto the streets of the Russian city of Khabarovsk for the fourth weekend in a row. Journalists estimated turnout at around 30,000 people yesterday, while the local city hall put the number at just 3,500, claiming there was "falling interest". The rallies attract people of different ages, backgrounds and professions, but all of them are in agreement about the anger they feel at the country's President, Vladimir Putin. [...] Dr...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-29-2020
(The Diplomat) Over the last decade, China cemented its position as a consequential actor in Central Asia. Motivated to increase regional connectivity, diversify sources of energy imports, and safeguard its western territories, China invested heavily in trade and infrastructure projects in Central Asia. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013, became the cornerstone of China’s rising power in the region. The COVID-19 pandemic, which upended...
PONARS Eurasia 07-29-2020
(VOA) (Harriman Institute) Elise Giuliano (Lecturer in Discipline) and Timothy Frye (Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy) discuss the protests in Khabarovsk on Aleksandr Gerasimov's webcast, Ono Vam Nado? (Do You Need This?) on the VOA Russian Service. [Giuliano's segment begins at 8:44 min. Frye's begins at 21:25 min.] Read More © VOA
PONARS Eurasia 07-27-2020
(opb.org) Artyom Mozgov, 20, is among the thousands of people who have been protesting for the past two weeks in the Russian city of Khabarovsk, seven time zones east of Moscow on the Chinese border. “People go out every day without any kind of organization,” Mozgov, a political activist, tells NPR. “I’m really happy that people from my region have finally taken responsibility for their lives, understand what’s happening in our country and go out and ...
PONARS Eurasia 07-24-2020
(Business Insider) China's first domestically built icebreaker left this month for its first trip to the Arctic, a few days after President Donald Trump said the US was pursuing as many as 10 new icebreakers of its own, underscoring the growing interest major powers have in being able to access the region. [...] "I think that it's going to be kind of a mixed picture with a deepening Russia-China partnership as a whole." Wishnick said. "But in the Arctic,...
PONARS Eurasia 07-24-2020
(Foreign Policy) The so-called Wagner Group, a quasi-private Russian military security contractor, has long been deft at finding opportunity amid chaos. Since the group first appeared on the battlefields of eastern Ukraine in 2014, it has become the Swiss Army knife of Russia’s overseas interference efforts and has been linked to activities including election meddling, gold mining, and front-line combat. [...] “It’s not a PMC because all the evidence we...
PONARS Eurasia 07-22-2020
(usrussiarelations.org) Full Study Guide: This website is an extensive online resource for educators, students, researchers, and engaged citizens to examine the complex history and current challenges of U.S.–Russian relations, from interference in U.S. elections, to increasing risks of nuclear conflict, to China’s role in shifting the global centers of power and unrest and instability in the Middle East. [DOWNLOAD THE FULL STUDY GUIDE] Deana Arsenian,...

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