One of the most beloved and effective arguments of those who favor a softer approach to Moscow regardless of what it does is that such an approach will help liberals in the Kremlin win out. But as two leading Russian analysts point out in a new essay, “there are no liberals” there.
Moscow isn’t happy with Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s acts of independence, but as long as he does not cross its “red line” by breaking with the union state and other Russian-dominated institutions, it will not seek to oust him
Grigory Khanin, a Siberian professor, and Dmitry Fomin, a Novosibirsk graduate system say that in many cases, official Russian data does not correspond to reality, and Russia thus lags farther behind the West than admitted.
The apparent collapse of Putin’s calculations that the new US Administration he so openly backed would deliver a “big deal” may in fact make the Kremlin leader more dangerous.
If Putin were really a nationalist, he would be attacking the revival of Sovietisms in Russian life rather than promoting their ever more rapid restoration.
Moscow’s crackdown on the Russian section of the Internet has been so sweeping and severe, Agora says in its annual report, that it is entirely appropriate to say that the Russian Internet is now functioning under conditions of “martial law.”
Chamberlain’s role as betrayer and appeaser in chief is now being challenged by US President Donald Trump’s declaration that Washington doesn’t know what is going on in Ukraine and therefore cannot evaluate it.
In the 17 years since Vladimir Putin came to power, Russia has received some US $2.5 trillion from the sale of oil and gas abroad — more than enough to develop the country and address its many needs. But the Kremlin leader and his cronies sent more than half of that abroad so as to enrich themselves rather than invest it on Russia