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Volodymyr Dubovyk 24 May 2020
(Kyiv Post) Last week brought some shock, disbelief, and tension to Ukraine–U.S. relations. The cycle of destructive events has gained momentum with a controversial judge pursuing a Victor Shokin vs. Joseph Biden case to member of parliament Andriy Derkach coming out with “his” Petro Poroshenko-Biden recordings to ultimately President Volodymyr Zelensky addressing this in his May 20 press...
Scott Gehlbach 22 May 2020
NEW BOOK! Throughout history, reform has provoked rebellion - not just by the losers from reform, but also among its intended beneficiaries. Finkel and Gehlbach emphasize that, especially in weak states, reform often must be implemented by local actors with a stake in the status quo. In this setting, the promise of reform represents an implicit contract against which subsequent implementation is...
Vladimir Gelman 22 May 2020
(Riddle) The global COVID-19 pandemic has become a stress test for all countries. It clearly exposes both their strengths and weaknesses. For many, including developed countries, the condition of the national health care systems turned out to be the weakest link. Hospitals across Europe and America have struggled to cope with excess pressures during a surge of infections. Unfortunately...
PONARS Eurasia 20 May 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...
Pavel Baev 19 May 2020
(EDM) Russia is rightfully held responsible for and often caught red-handed spreading disinformation around the globe; but its own policymaking is, in fact, informed by similarly false assessments, which are “improved” (exacerbated) many times while traveling up the bureaucratic pyramid. For months, President Vladimir Putin has been aloofly presiding over Russia’s poorly coordinated efforts...
PONARS Eurasia 15 May 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...
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Samuel Greene 14 May 2020
(Wilson Center) "In a conversation with Samuel Greene, director of King's Russia Institute, the Russia File discusses the Kremlin's COVID-19 politics and Russian society’s newfound empowerment." The Wilson Center (Soundcloud) "Join me and the always fascinating Maxim Trudolyubov for a wide-ranging discussion of the impact of COVID-19 on society, the media and politics in Russia and,...
PONARS Eurasia 11 May 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...
Caress Schenk 06 May 2020
(Monkey Cage) During the covid-19 crisis, Russia’s authoritarianism is on full display. Surveillance technologies, global power plays, misinformation and government propaganda make easy fodder for critics of Russia’s coronavirus response. But Russia’s approach shares much in common with the United States. These similarities may make Russia more relatable than Winston Churchill’s famous assessment...
Şener Aktürk 06 May 2020
(TRT World) If we take March 12th, the day the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak to be a pandemic, we have entered the second month of what appears to be the first pandemic that has been captured and covered, almost synchronously, around the world. This is certainly not the first, and unfortunately extremely unlikely to be the last, deadly pandemic in...

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