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PONARS Eurasia 04 Feb 2021
(Slate) “This is not a sentence against him, but against all of us.” That’s how Ilya Klishin, a prominent Russian former journalist, described a Moscow court’s ruling yesterday sentencing opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison for nearly three years. Though widely expected, it still sent shockwaves through the country’s politically engaged liberal class, drawing...
Graeme Robertson 28 Jan 2021
(Washington Post) Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader who returned to Russia last week after recovering in Berlin from an attempt on his life involving a military nerve agent, presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a stark choice. Putin could bolster his grip on power by silencing Navalny, but further chip away at the remaining vestiges of the country’s democracy — or tolerate him...
Samuel Greene 24 Jan 2021
(Moscow-on-Thames) The dust hasn’t yet settled, but we can draw some early conclusions from today’s protests in Russia. In a nutshell, the Kremlin and the opposition are at a stalemate. I don’t see reliable nationwide turnout figures, but this feels similar in size and scale to the 2017 Dimon protests, which brought out 60,000-100,000 nationwide. This may be bigger. Either way, more...
PONARS Eurasia 15 Jan 2021
(RFE/RL) When Vladimir Lenin stepped off a train at St. Petersburg's Finland Station in April 1917, he set in motion events that would transform Russia and ultimately divide the world into opposing camps. Winston Churchill would later compare the first Soviet leader to a "plague bacillus" -- a parasite that enters an organism at the very moment it can do most harm. "The signs in Russia are...
Samuel Greene 04 Jan 2021
(Moscow-on-Thames) I spend most of my time studying how people fight back against autocratic regimes in places like Russia (and, increasingly, Belarus). But as my fellow Americans worry about the potential of an authoritarian coup in Washington, I’m seeing a different set of parallels – and it worries me. If you believe you live in a democracy, elections are a wonderful thing. Sure, the...
PONARS Eurasia 21 Dec 2020
(RFE/RL) As he does, Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to a Soviet-era pop culture reference to get his message across at one point in his 4 1/2-hour annual press conference on December 17, when responding to the only reporter from a Western country that is not Iceland who got to ask a question. [...] His remarks on the dead-serious matter of Navalny’s poisoning with a...
(King's Russia Institute) Book launch: The Red Mirror: Putin's Leadership and Russia's Insecure Identity by Gulnaz Sharafutdinova. Discussant: Maxim Trudolyubov, Opinion Editor, Meduza. Chair: Samuel Greene, King's Russia Institute, King's College London. Tuesday, November 24. London: 17:30-19:00. Understanding Russian politics...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Nov 2020
(NYTimes) MOSCOW — The morning after Joseph R. Biden Jr. became president-elect of the United States, the Kremlin published a congratulatory message from President Vladimir V. Putin. It was a happy-60th-birthday greeting to a Moscow theater director. Unlike his Western European counterparts, who quickly posted congratulations on Saturday, Mr. Putin had not issued a statement on the...

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