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Timothy Frye 04 Jul 2020
(Monkey Cage) Russia’s constitution, at least before this week’s referendum, would have required Vladimir Putin to step down from the Russian presidency in 2024, at the end of his second consecutive six-year term. Observers had long wondered: Would he stay or would he go? Voters in Russia answered that question by approving a package of constitutional amendments this week — including...
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Henry Hale 01 Jul 2020
(Monkey Cage) Russians vote today on constitutional amendments that would allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in office until the year 2036, thanks to changes to Russia’s presidential term limits. Putin recently justified these reforms as necessary to prevent a disruptive succession struggle. Is his plan working? Not entirely, according to data from the...
Robert Orttung 01 Jul 2020
(Berghahn Books) Urban Sustainability in the Arctic advances our understanding of cities in the far north by applying elements of the international standard for urban sustainability (ISO 37120) to numerous Arctic cities. In delivering rich material about northern cities in Alaska, Canada, and Russia, the book examines how well the ISO 37120 measures sustainability and how well it...
Pavel Baev 30 Jun 2020
(EDM) As the tanks rolled off Moscow’s Red Square last Wednesday (June 24), the Russian propaganda machine instantly switched from glorifying extra-modern militarism to trumpeting the next pivotal political event—the public vote on the package of amendments to the constitution, which began on June 25 and is set to continue until July 1. The Victory Day military parade itself was postponed...
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PONARS Eurasia 26 Jun 2020
(Euronews) Russia is set to hold a July 1 referendum that could see President Vladimir Putin stay in power until 2036. The vote will be over whether to accept constitution changes that would allow Putin to run for another two presidential terms. The proposed changes to the country's 1993 constitution were revealed in January and backed by Russia's parliament, the State Duma, in...
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Robert Orttung 26 Jun 2020
(RAD) Abstract: Although current political tensions hinder international studies in the Arctic, science partnerships helped tunnel through barriers during the Cold War. One of the most successful models of U.S.–Russian collaboration was the “Environmental Bilateral” agreement of 1972. During an era of political tension, it brought together a multidisciplinary group of top professionals and...
Marlene Laruelle 25 Jun 2020
(Russia Matters) On July 1, Russian citizens will be voting to approve amendments to the 1993 constitution, proposed by Vladimir Putin in January, planned for a vote in April and postponed to the summer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. If adopted, the main change will be to allow Putin to stay in power after the end of his second consecutive—and fourth total—mandate, possibly up...
Alla Kassianova 23 Jun 2020
(RAD) Abstract: U.S.–Russian scientific collaboration has a long history of engagement among the two scientific communities that persisted though the times of non-existent or bad relations between their governments. The intergovernmental layer of this cooperation became more prominent during the post-World War II nuclear superpower competition and its fallout after the collapse of the USSR. The...
PONARS Eurasia 23 Jun 2020
(Atlantic Council blog) Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appeared in court on June 18 for a pretrial hearing on charges related to alleged abuse of office during his presidency. This is one of around twenty cases involving the ex-president that are currently being pursued in what critics have labeled a clear-cut case of political persecution. If convicted, Poroshenko could face...
Pavel Baev 23 Jun 2020
(EDM) Russian authorities rarely resort to such old-fashioned means of communication as written articles. Yet, last week, three key figures in the top leadership—President Vladimir Putin, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, and former prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, who now holds the newly established position of deputy head of the Security Council—published lengthy essays,...
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