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PONARS Eurasia 08 Jun 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...
PONARS Eurasia 05 Jun 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...
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(IWPR) The Covid-19 pandemic may lead to increasingly authoritarian politics across Central Asia, according to a joint online discussion organised by IWPR and Chatham House. The panel of experts and academics from Europe, Central Asia and the US also emphasised that the economic impact was likely to increase regional dependence on China. The May 29 event focused on the impact of coronavirus on...
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PONARS Eurasia 05 Jun 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...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Jun 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...
Pavel Baev 02 Jun 2020
(EDM) The Russian authorities are caught in a familiar dilemma of whether to resume economic activity or contain the coronavirus pandemic and, trying to have it both ways, are blundering the former while failing in the latter. The economic contraction for April is estimated at 12 percent, but the government’s recovery plans are based on calculations of resumed inflows of petro-revenues—a...
PONARS Eurasia 29 May 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...
PONARS Eurasia 29 May 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? [[{"fid":"9074","...
Andrej Krickovic 29 May 2020
(The Chinese Journal of International Politics) Abstract: Although recent scholarship has advanced our understanding of status, little attention has been paid to the factors that shape states’ status-seeking behaviour. Consequently, existing theories are unable to explain why Russia has been more aggressive and confrontational in its status-seeking than China. What is missing is a...
Dmitry Gorenburg 28 May 2020
(Russia Matters) This month 65 years ago, the Soviet Union announced the formation of the Warsaw Pact. For the next three and a half decades, the pact remained the security alliance of the Communist world, designed to counter NATO in Europe, before becoming defunct in 1991. Almost immediately, however, post-Soviet Russia laid out a new collective defense organization. Officially...

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