Policy Memos | Аналитические записки

Policy Memo # 408
Serghei Golunov 01 Oct 2006
The city of Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, is the site of one of the most significant battles of World War II. To this day, the Battle of Stalingrad, in which approximately two million people were killed, is of great symbolic importance to the city and is commemorated by an 85 -meter monument familiar to many around the globe. It thus seems beyond comprehension that, until recently, Hitler's Mein Kampf, together with other radical nationalist...
Policy Memo # 407
Nikolai Sokov 01 Oct 2006
The latest crisis in Russian-Georgian relations, precipitated by the arrest of four Russian officers in Georgia on suspicions of espionage, could put the United States in an awkward situation in which it will be forced to explicitly choose between one or the other side. The recent promise by Georgian Minister of Defense Irakli Okruashvili to celebrate the next New Year in Tskhinvali (the capital of the breakaway region of South Ossetia) apparently was...
Policy Memo # 406
Alla Kassianova 01 Jul 2006
“Rosoboronexport” (ROE) is a tougher tongue-twister than “Yukos” or “Gazprom.” Yet the name is very much a symbol of the interests and motivations driving state-led resource consolidation that has swept Russia under the current Kremlin administration. In December 2005, ROE made headlines when it seized control of the board of directors of Russia’s largest car-maker Avtovaz. ROE’s deputy head Vladimir...
Policy Memo # 405
Mark Kramer 01 Apr 2006
A lengthy study issued by the U.S. Defense Department in March 2006 has sparked allegations that Russian officials helped Saddam Hussein defend against the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq three years earlier. The report cites Iraqi documents from March 2003 containing information allegedly provided by Russian diplomats and intelligence officers. The day after the report was released, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) heatedly denied...
Policy Memo # 404
Nikolai Sokov 01 Jan 2006
The month-long conflict between Russia and Ukraine over the price of Russian gas has pitted images against policy. In recent years, the image of Russia has been largely negative while the image of Ukraine after the Orange Revolution of 2004 has been largely positive. Consequently,Western sympathies were, by and large, on the side of Ukraine. Russia’s behavior was seen as arrogant and unreasonable. The reduction of gas supply to Europe on January 1...