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PONARS Eurasia 31 Aug 2020
(The Naked Pravda/Meduza) If you’ve read anything about Russia’s coronavirus vaccine, “Sputnik V,” you know that it’s rolling out to the public in October, just as Phase III trials begin — meaning that researchers still have no idea how effective the product actually is. So far, the scientists developing Sputnik V say they’ve combined Phase I and Phase II testing and confirmed its safety and...
PONARS Eurasia 31 Aug 2020
(Jacobin) Since Belarus’s disputed election, both President Alexander Lukashenko and the liberal opposition have recognized the importance of strike actions in deciding what happens next. But while there have been protests across Belarus’s major workplaces, a long-shackled labor movement faces an uphill struggle to advance a political agenda of its own. [...] Added to this is the fact that...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Aug 2020
(PONARS Eurasia Fridays) Online Event: State Responses to COVID-19 in Eurasia: What Have We Learned? Featuring: "Securitization of COVID-19 and Security of Authoritarian Regimes: A Case Study of Central Asia" by Mariya Omelicheva (National War College, National Defense University) and Lawrence Markowitz (Rowan University) "State Capacity and Political Culture as Parameters for the...
David Szakonyi 25 Aug 2020
(Cambridge University Press) Businesspeople run for and win elected office around the world, with roughly one-third of members of parliament and numerous heads of states coming directly from the private sector. Yet we know little about why these politicians choose to leave the private sector and what they actually do while in government. In Politics for Profit, David Szakonyi brings to bear...
Samuel Greene 24 Aug 2020
(Moscow-on-Thames) I’m struggling to decide whether the recent events surrounding Aleksei Navalny are more macabre, or more absurd. For the moment, at least, I’m going with macabre. That seems the only reasonable conclusion, when the man is still at death’s door. Navalny – whose place in Russian politics is well summarized by Morvan Lallouet – is only the latest in a string...
PONARS Eurasia 24 Aug 2020
(WSJ) MOSCOW—The sudden and mysterious illness that left Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in a coma has delivered a blow to Russia’s political opposition, throwing into question its future at a time when the Kremlin has stepped up its efforts to stamp out dissent. Mr. Navalny fell ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow last week after drinking a cup of tea that his supporters say was laced...
PONARS Eurasia 23 Aug 2020
(Bloomberg) We will probably never know for certain who ordered tainted tea for the Kremlin’s most vocal critic. Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption campaigning has made him a long list of enemies, and a dark undercurrent of violence is never far from the surface in Russian politics. The timing of the assault, though, suggests worrying...
Judyth Twigg 21 Aug 2020
(CSIS) What do Texas and Sverdlovsk have in common? Remarkably, quite a bit. They’re both large, diverse, economically vital areas of their countries just emerging from a completely avoidable second wave of coronavirus infection that has ripped through society, imposed special cruelties upon racial minorities and the poor, bent health systems to the breaking point, and exposed failures of...

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