PONARS Eurasia
(Pledge Times) Russian opposition leader, activist and founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) Alexei Navalnyi, 44, is a real “stick under the skin” for an influential district in the Kremlin. In recent years, he has managed to organize a huge Russian anti-government opposition in a short...
Regina Smyth
(The Conversation) The harrowing videos of Alexei Navalny, a blogger who has captured popular frustration in Russia, screaming in agony on Aug. 20, 2020 before being removed unconscious from a plane to a waiting ambulance, demonstrate the Kremlin’s increasing reliance on coercion to control dissent...
Samuel Greene
(Moscow-on-Thames) In a recent interview, timed to help drum up support for a constitutional reform that would strengthen the power of the presidency and potentially extend his rule until 2036, Vladimir Putin said, among many other things, the following: What is democracy? It’s the power of the...
Peter Rutland
(TOL) The demonstrations in Belarus protesting the fraudulent 9 August elections are continuing into their second week, with no signs of abating. Yesterday, 16 August, saw dueling meetings of pro- and anti-government supporters – with 30,000 in the former and over 200,000 in the latter, according...
PONARS Eurasia
(KCBS Radio) The Republican-led Senate intelligence committee on the Russia investigation into our 2016 election has just released its detailed report. The findings show the Trump Campaign's interactions with Russian intelligence agencies posed what they're calling a "grave" threat to U.S....
Harris Mylonas
(Cambridge Core blog) For decades, external observers have dismissed Belarus as a country with a weak or contested national identity and an underdeveloped civil society. Academic articles about the country often remark on how little it has changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Belarus was...
Andrey Makarychev
(3dcftas.eu) This policy paper addresses the most acute political issues that now follow the August 9, 2020 presidential election in Belarus, a member of EU’s Eastern Partnership and one of Russia’s partners in Eurasian integration. Vote falsification as a crux of Lukashenka’s regime It is...
Harris Mylonas
(Nationalities Papers) In a recent interview with Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon, Alyaksandr Lukashenka—President of Belarus since the establishment of this office in 1994—explained why he was the only parliamentarian in Belarus who did not support the ratification of the 1991 Belovezha Accords...
Elizabeth Wishnick
(Weatherhead East Asian Institute) Taiwan and Estonia are known as digital democracies. As both face threats from neighbors, their degree of digitization typically has been seen as a vulnerability. The DNS attack from Russia that Estonia faced in 2007 brought home the potential for cyberspace to be...
PONARS Eurasia
In this PONARS Eurasia Podcast, Maria Lipman chats with Denis Volkov (Levada Center) to learn more about public perceptions around current events in Khabarovsk, the "reset" of Putin's term limit, and the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen Here (Blubrry) Transcript Maria: Hello...

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