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Maria Snegovaya 10 Sep 2020
(Newsweek) he poisoning of Alexey Navalny seems to confirm any concerned observer's worst suspicions: Vladimir Putin's regime is transforming into a new, more repressive type of dictatorship than before. This transformation is manifest in an intensified wave of repression against opposition politicians and opinion leaders, unprecedented even by modern Russia's own standards, as...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Sep 2020
(Eurasianet) Georgia’s leading opposition party has nominated its polarizing leader, former president Mikheil Saakashvili, as its candidate for prime minister in elections next month. The move means the upcoming vote will be an explicit contest between the two fiercest rivals in Georgian politics: Saakashvili and the leader of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party, Bidzina Ivanishvili. The...
Pavel Baev 09 Sep 2020
(Euasia Daily Monitor) Russia traditionally returns to normal work, after a summer break, on September 1. This year, however, although schools reopened as usual, broader public and political life persisted on its earlier course of disarray and downturn. In his televised address to schoolchildren, President Vladimir Putin spoke at length about the memory of the great Soviet triumph over Nazi...
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PONARS Eurasia 08 Sep 2020
(Majlis Podcast with Murtazashvili and Siddiq) On September 2, 2016, the Uzbek authorities announced the death of Islam Karimov, who had been president since independence in 1991. During Karimov's last years in power, Uzbekistan had become increasingly isolationist and its economy was in decline. Karimov's prime minister since 2003, Shavkat Mirziyoev, was appointed acting...
(China's Resource Risks) The massive ongoing protests starting in August 2020 in capital city Minsk and throughout the country, galvanized by President Alexander Lukashenko's fraudulent reelection, have Chinese leaders in a pickle. Why is China interested in Belarus? Belarus' location puts it at the center of the crossroads of China's Belt and Road trade route to Europe. According to a German...
PONARS Eurasia 03 Sep 2020
(The New York Times) MOSCOW — A pro-Kremlin propaganda film posted online before Russia’s 2018 presidential election smeared Aleksei A. Navalny, the Russian opposition leader now lying comatose in a German hospital after a poisoning attack, as the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler. A former prime minister, the target of Mr. Navalny’s most vivid exposé of corruption, denounced him...
03 Sep 2020
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) On Sunday, August 30, Yegor Zhukov was beaten outside his home in Moscow. He is a 22-year-old recent bachelor’s degree graduate from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) and is active in opposition politics. His experience must have been difficult for his friends and supporters in the ill-omened context of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most...
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...

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