Posts by PONARS Eurasia

PONARS Eurasia 05-28-2020
(Azernews) Azerbaijan has taken 44th position in the Energy Transition Index (ETI) in the Davos Economic Forum's report, showing the highest result among the CIS countries, Trend reports. The report takes into account the main criteria for creating safe, sustainable, affordable and inclusive energy systems for future generations and provides for the transition to renewable, alternative energy systems. [...] Natural opportunities of Azerbaijan attract the...
PONARS Eurasia 05-20-2020
(Politico) A few days ago, six weeks into Moscow’s coronavirus lockdown, I was shopping at a local supermarket when the man behind me at the checkout counter started pushing into me. I told him to move away. He was astonished: “How come?” The cashier and I exchanged looks. “You’re supposed to stay at least a meter and half away from other customers,” she said. “Really?” he answered. “This is the first I’ve heard of it.” [...] In all of Putin’s six...
PONARS Eurasia 05-15-2020
Tracing Russia’s (Post-Pandemic) Future: Public Opinion and the Crisis of Late Putinism (May 27)  With Aleksandar Matovski One of the most significant global trends in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the entrenchment of authoritarian regimes across the globe. Russia, however, has been uncharacteristically absent from this pattern. While strongmen like Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and China’s Xi Jinping have used the crisis to...
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PONARS Eurasia 05-11-2020
(New Statesman) On 28 April, as Vladimir Putin delivered his latest address to the nation amid the coronavirus crisis, the mood was grim. “We have not passed the peak,” he warned. “We are now facing probably the most difficult stage of our struggle with this pandemic”.  After an illusory few weeks, in which Russia seemed to have avoided the disasters unfolding elsewhere, Covid-19 had finally begun to hit home. [...] However, according to Kornely...
PONARS Eurasia 05-04-2020
(BuzzFeed News) As countries around the world continued to encourage their people to stick to strict social distancing measures in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, Turkmenistan’s president ordered hundreds, if not thousands, of his citizens to take part in National Horse Day events — starring himself and his rare steeds. Celebrated on April 26, the events, led by authoritarian Gurbanguly Berdimukhammedov, included a race at a packed...
PONARS Eurasia 04-30-2020
(FT) A row over censorship has plunged Russia’s top business newspaper into a crisis that could either see it fall under the Kremlin’s control or torpedo a deal to sell it, leaving it on the verge of bankruptcy. Staff at Vedomosti are in open revolt against new acting editor...  A few days later, Mr Shmarov gave a story about state oil company Rosneft a more favourable headline. He then removed a column by economist Konstantin Sonin...
PONARS Eurasia 04-29-2020
Visit our Digital Resources portal for a selection of educational films, documentaries, and presentations. Watch or listen to our many Event Videos on our YouTube channel (2015-). Listen to our members discuss mainstream and offshoot issues in our Podcasts (2017-19). Digital Resources Event Videos Podcasts    
PONARS Eurasia 04-28-2020
Podcasts covering Russia, Eurasia, and Central Asia. PONARS Eurasia Podcasts featuring Maria Lipman (2020) PONARS Eurasia Podcasts (2017-19) Russia and Eurasia The Power Vertical (CEPA) Russian Roulette (CSIS) The Naked Pravda (Meduza) KennanX (Wilson Center) Russia Rising (Global News Radio) New Books in Russian and Eurasian Studies (New Books Network) Meduza Podcasts (Meduza, Russian language) Central Asia Majlis...
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PONARS Eurasia 04-27-2020
(TIME) March is usually an important month for Alexandra Gerasimova’s business, Fitmost, which offers subscription fitness classes across Russia. People want to shape up after the long winter, and revenue from that month helps to cover the income loss during the quieter seasons of spring and summer. But by mid-March, after weeks of slowing business, her company shut down fully as millions of Russians confined themselves to their homes in a lockdown...
PONARS Eurasia 04-15-2020
(IWPR) The breakaway republic of Nagorny Karabakh is voting in its second round of presidential elections, despite warnings of the potential dangers of public gatherings amidst the coronavirus pandemic. While elections on March 31 led to the formation of a new parliament, none of the presidential candidates received more than 50 per cent of the votes. [...] “The future of the Karabakh government is currently very uncertain, with Artsakh facing a political...

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