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PONARS Eurasia 11 Sep 2020
(Foreign Policy) In the three weeks since Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny fell violently ill on a flight to Moscow, any pretense that this was anything other than a state-sponsored assassination attempt has worn increasingly thin. After Navalny was airlifted from the Siberian city of Omsk to Berlin for treatment, German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week announced that he had been...
Graeme Robertson 10 Sep 2020
(Monkey Cage) On Sunday, Russia will hold regional elections. Voters will cast ballots in some 9,000 races in 83 regions, with everything from elections to fill national legislature vacancies to elections for regional governors and municipal councils. According to the respected Russian election monitoring group Golos, these elections are likely to be a sham. Even the Communists, a...
Samuel Greene 24 Aug 2020
(Moscow-on-Thames) I’m struggling to decide whether the recent events surrounding Aleksei Navalny are more macabre, or more absurd. For the moment, at least, I’m going with macabre. That seems the only reasonable conclusion, when the man is still at death’s door. Navalny – whose place in Russian politics is well summarized by Morvan Lallouet – is only the latest in a string...
Samuel Greene 21 Aug 2020
(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 people, that’s right. But if the people elect their higher authorities, then those higher...
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Samuel Greene 13 Aug 2020
(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 the periphery of our attention: with rapt bewilderment. I’m here to tell you that bewilderment is...
PONARS Eurasia 03 Aug 2020
(RTE) Protesters have poured onto the streets of the Russian city of Khabarovsk for the fourth weekend in a row. Journalists estimated turnout at around 30,000 people yesterday, while the local city hall put the number at just 3,500, claiming there was "falling interest". The rallies attract people of different ages, backgrounds and professions, but all of them are in agreement about the ...
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Samuel Greene 15 Jun 2020
(Moscow-on-Thames) As Vladimir Putin launched the public campaign for his constitutional reform, he took the opportunity to tell Russia a bit about the United States, and about democracy in general. “What is democracy?” Putin asked (rhetorically, in more ways than one). “It’s the power of the people, that’s right. But if the people elect their higher...
PONARS Eurasia 11 Jun 2020
(Newsweek) After coronavirus measures kept many Russians away from crowds for over two months, the country will take part in a collective event on July 1 that could lead to a different kind of restriction—a curb on political plurality at the top. People in far-flung parts of the country, such as in Chukotka in Russia's far east, have already begun to cast their ballots on constitutional...

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