Russia

Robert Orttung 16 Oct 2020
(Ambio) Abstract: How sustainable are Russia’s Arctic cities? Russia’s far north metropolises are distinctive from other Arctic cities in terms of their large size, efforts to conquer nature, and big business’ impact on the urban landscape. The Russian Arctic cities’ Soviet-era design gave them compact and dense population structures. Such features led to many benefits for achieving...
Caress Schenk 13 Oct 2020
(Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs) An Uzbek nanny stood outside a Moscow metro station in 2016, waving the severed head of a child and screaming “I am a terrorist!” A suicide bombing in St.Petersburg in 2017 by a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen led to a rash of rumors about potential connections to militant groups and in December 2019, 11 Central Asians were given lengthy jail...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Oct 2020
(Washington Post) MOSCOW — Vladlen Los sat in a chair outside Room 239 of the Xander Hotel. It was midmorning on Aug. 20 in the Siberian city of Tomsk. The lawyer Los was determined that no one get inside the room that his colleague, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, had left hours before. All that was known at that point was that Navalny was gravely ill — stricken on a plane...
Timothy Frye 09 Oct 2020
(War on the Rocks) Kremlin-backed trolls are sowing disinformation and have adapted their game for the 2020 campaign. U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr has been vague about the probity of accepting foreign assistance, and the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently announced that it would no longer provide in-person briefings to...
Pavel Baev 07 Oct 2020
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The sharp rise of COVID-19 infections in Russia in the last couple of weeks was predictable given the relatively high “plateau” of new cases over the summer after the sharp peak in early May. Yet the escalation of the pandemic has apparently caught the authorities by surprise as the government focused on Moscow. Cases of the novel coronavirus in the Russian capital...
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Richard Arnold 05 Oct 2020
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) Due to certain superficial similarities between the ongoing post-election demonstrations in Belarus and the EuroMaidan protests in Kyiv in 2013–2014, some commentators have speculated about the possibility of “another Crimea” in Minsk. President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Ukrainian territory six and a half years ago temporarily boosted his popularity in Russia and...
PONARS Eurasia 02 Oct 2020
(Haaretz) The producer of a documentary on Putin's critic who was poisoned in August explains why he found Navalny as great a mystery as the Russian president himself - and how he dealt with the film's director being brutally murdered. In March 2017, tens of thousands of demonstrators attended rallies and went on marches in cities across Russia. They were protesting government corruption in...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Oct 2020
Geopolitics on the Move is a podcast series hosted by Sean Guillory (SRB Podcast) and Fyodor Lukyanov (Russia in Global Affairs) that discusses the crucial geopolitical issues that currently define world politics with some of the best Russian, European, and American thinkers. Geopolitics on the Move is produced by Russia in Global Affairs, the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies at the...

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