Olexiy Haran
(dif.org.ua) I would like to share my thoughts on the ceasefire that was introduced one more time in the Donbas. Definitely, it is good to have a ceasefire. We don’t know for how long it will last because all previous attempts to introduce ceasefires have failed. We hope that this ceasefire will...
Alexander Naumov
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) How do Russians in the West want to influence their country’s future? On July 1, Anton Konev drove two and a half hours from Albany, NY, to cast his ballot at the Russian Consulate in Manhattan. Like millions of other Russian citizens, he participated in the country’s...
Judyth Twigg
(FiveThirtyEight) Russia is the first country to approve a vaccine for COVID-19 — reportedly by speeding through multiple steps in the testing process. Judy Twigg, a political scientist from Virginia Commonwealth University, talks about the state of medical research in Russia, and the political...
Samuel Greene
(Moscow-on-Thames blog) We should always retain the capacity to be surprised. I am not an expert on Belarus. I have done precious little research there, have few contacts and no insider knowledge. I am, then, watching the scenes of protest very much like many others for whom the country has been on...
PONARS Eurasia
(WFMJ) WASHINGTON (AP) — No, Russia isn't having a Sputnik moment. The announcement Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine did not provoke the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957....
PONARS Eurasia
(Moscow Times) The death toll from the coronavirus across many Russian regions could be many times higher than official statistics show, analysis of new data by The Moscow Times suggests. Experts pointed to systemic underreporting of deaths, and highlighted a complex incentive structure and...
Arkady Moshes
(FIIA Comment) Alexander Lukashenko’s “victory” in the election cannot bridge the gap between the president and the modern part of Belarusian society. Turbulent times may lie ahead for Belarus. This will require the West to revise its current approach and invest more in supporting forces that want...
Pavel Baev
(EDM) The Russian Security Council held a virtual session last Friday (August 7), and President Vladimir Putin opened with the proposal to discuss the “international situation in general”; if his subordinates had any other business, it could be discussed “in a routine manner” (Kremlin.ru, August 7...
Marlene LaruelleWei (Josh) Luo
(PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Theories of soft power inspired by political scientist Joseph Nye often rely on two problematic assumptions: that soft power accrues only to countries with liberal systems, and that the United States is the yardstick for measuring its impact. The assumption that non-...
Polina Sinovets
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) In a surprise move this past June, Moscow published its first-ever “Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence.” The content core of these fundamental principles looks like excerpts from other Russian documents pertaining to the...

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