Posts by PONARS Eurasia

PONARS Eurasia 06-15-2020
(Meduza podcast) This week’s show looks at Russian nationalism, activism in Russia against police brutality, and the American alt-right. We also return specifically to remarks by Mikhail Svetov from last week’s show about an initiative he’s calling “Russian Lives Matter.” The Black Lives Matter movement in the United States has occasioned a global conversation about racism and institutionalized prejudice. [...] In this episode: (4:27) Meduza features...
PONARS Eurasia 06-11-2020
(Newsweek) After coronavirus measures kept many Russians away from crowds for over two months, the country will take part in a collective event on July 1 that could lead to a different kind of restriction—a curb on political plurality at the top. People in far-flung parts of the country, such as in Chukotka in Russia's far east, have already begun to cast their ballots on constitutional changes in a vote that was initially planned for April 22. [...] "...
PONARS Eurasia 06-08-2020
(IERES) Marlene Laruelle and Andreas Umland address questions about the ideological diversity of Russian nationalism, its sociological basis, the doctrinal greyness of Putin’s regime, the issue of an anti-Putin Russian nationalism, the Kremlin's support of the Western far-right, and comparisons with Ukrainian nationalism. Marlene Laruelle is director and research professor at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES ) and Andreas...
PONARS Eurasia 06-08-2020
(Russia Beyond) U.S. Colonel Boris Pash (1900 – 1995) was a typical 20th-century American ‘badass’ – he hated the communists’ guts, took German cities almost single handedly in WWII and captured the Nazis’ nuclear energy resources. And he was Russian. [...] In this documentary, you can see the person who led the Alsos Mission – a bit short, but burly man in glasses, Col. Boris Pash. “There would have been no Hiroshima and Nagasaki if not for Boris Pash,” ...
PONARS Eurasia 06-08-2020
(RFE/RL) When Ukraine’s Privatbank filed a lawsuit in the United States against its former owner Ihor Kolomoyskiy one year ago, it claimed the tycoon had used a slew of anonymous shell companies registered in the U.S. state of Delaware to carry out what it called a “brazen” heist. [...] Alexander Cooley, director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute and the author of a book on Central Asian money laundering, said tighter U.S....
PONARS Eurasia 06-05-2020
The North Caucasus is a highly complicated territory in Russia, comprised of seven different ethnic republics with complex relationships to the Russian federal center. Throughout the region, the already immense challenges of dealing with the COVID pandemic have been amplified by chronic local problems within several of the region's republics. In this episode of the PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Ekaterina...
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PONARS Eurasia 06-05-2020
(The New York Times) MOSCOW—Smarting over decades of American criticism of its human rights record, Russia is now getting some payback. The Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, sanctioned by the United States as a violent brute responsible for torture and extrajudicial killings, said this week that he was “horrified” by the brutality of the American police. Russia’s foreign ministry, for its part, lamented “a real tragedy, an American tragedy” and demanded...
PONARS Eurasia 06-04-2020
(RFE/RL) The screen depicts the Statue of Liberty backdropped by a cloud-specked sky, its outstretched arm and crowned head superimposed over the body of an American police officer whose knee presses firmly into the neck of a black man pinned to the ground and struggling to breathe. [...] "The Kremlin is very averse to anything that has to do with revolutions," said Maria Snegovaya, a fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, a...
PONARS Eurasia 05-29-2020
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) On May 8, at exactly 7:40 p.m., without a declaration of war, Russian comments inundated the social media pages of the White House. The presidential Instagram account had just posted a video clip of President Donald Trump’s visit to the World War II Memorial to mark Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) alongside a caption that read: “On May 8, 1945, America and Great Britain had victory over the Nazis! ‘America's spirit will always...
PONARS Eurasia 05-29-2020
How have different systems of government influenced responses to the COVID-19 pandemic? Why have some countries managed to effectively curb the spread of the Coronavirus, while others continue to see rising numbers of infections and fatalities? What can we learn from exploring these comparisons, and how social attitudes and state policies around the globe moving forward? podcast.png In this week's episode of the PONARS...

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