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PONARS Eurasia 04-14-2020
(Gulf News) Russia has reported 2,558 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours [April 13] versus 2,186 mnew cases the previous day. A nationwide vote on April 22 was supposed to finalize sweeping constitutional reforms that would allow him to stay in power until 2036, if he wished. But after the coronavirus spread in Russia, that plebiscite had to be postponed. [...] "The risks of him (Putin) looking out of touch are very real," Samuel Greene...
PONARS Eurasia 04-07-2020
(VOX) If many people get infected in Moscow, Russia’s showpiece capital, it could ruin the myth of Putin as the country’s protector.  The coronavirus has yet to hit Russia hard. But when it does, as many experts soon expect, it could prove a huge challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a fragile time for his rule. [...] Those heavy-handed measures may do some good, experts say, but it probably still isn’t enough. “It’s my fear that it’s too...
PONARS Eurasia 04-06-2020
(Oxford University Press) We live in a period of great uncertainty about the fate of America's global leadership. Many believe that Donald Trump's presidency marks the end of liberal international order-the very system of global institutions, rules, and values that shaped the American international system since the end of World War II. Trump's repeated rejection of liberal order, criticisms of long-term allies of the US, and affinity for authoritarian...
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PONARS Eurasia 04-03-2020
(RFE/RL) There he was, riding down the escalator at one of Russia's leading infectious disease hospitals alongside Vladimir Putin as the president toured the facility and its preparations for the coronavirus epidemic. There he was, announcing sweeping new restrictions for Russia's capital on March 30, catching Moscow's 12 million residents off-guard and sending them scrambling to run errands before being all but confined to their homes. [...] It made...
PONARS Eurasia 04-02-2020
(NPR) The Central Asian country of Turkmenistan claims it has no coronavirus cases. But if you happen to utter the word "coronavirus" while waiting, say, for the bus in the white-marbled capital Ashgabat, there's a good chance you'll be arrested. That's because the Turkmen government, run since 2006 by the flamboyant dentist-rapper strongman Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, has reportedly banned the word, according to Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF...
PONARS Eurasia 03-30-2020
(The Globe & Mail) Russia and China have launched what experts say are disinformation campaigns against the West, seeking to change the global narrative about where the coronavirus pandemic originated, and which countries are leading the fight against it. The subplot to the stories Moscow and Beijing are selling is one of Western societies in decline, with authoritarian systems proving themselves superior to democratic ones in managing the crisis...
PONARS Eurasia 03-26-2020
(УРАЛЬСКАЯ НЕДЕЛЯ) "The Other Side of Oil" documentary depicts the lives of ordinary people living right beside the largest oil reserves in Western Kazakhstan. Through striking images of the Kazakh landscape, depictions of ordinary villagers’ lives, and extensive interviews with people who live right next to the richest oil reserves in the country, the documentary raises important issues of environmental degradation, social justice, and poverty. The movie...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-24-2020
(Meduza) U.S. lawmakers and executive officials are considering an emergency policy that would issue $1,000 to each of the country’s adult residents regardless of economic status. Some politicians, such as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, are calling for monthly payments of $2,000 per household, and a number of other countries have implemented emergency income measures already. Each policy is limited in its own way: In Australia, payments...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-19-2020
(FT) During the partisan impeachment saga that convulsed Washington at the start of the year, even some prominent Republicans acknowledged they were uncomfortable with the way President Donald Trump created a parallel foreign policy structure outside the state department to deal with Ukraine. That separate operation was run by Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who is Mr Trump’s personal lawyer, and was aimed at digging up dirt on Joe Biden. [...]...
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PONARS Eurasia 03-19-2020
(Wall Street Journal | Review) The original Russian title of this dazzling collection of essays by Sergei Medvedev, a social-science professor in Moscow and one of Russia’s leading political commentators, was “The Crimean Period Park” (Park krymskogo perioda). The echo of “Jurassic Park” was surely intended. Mr. Medvedev sees Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its war on Ukraine—both of which followed the ouster of Ukraine’s Russia-backed...
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