Tag: Kremlinology

The Power Vertical Podcast: The Importance Of Being Ramzan

February 5, 2016

The Power Vertical is a podcast and column by RFE/RL’s Brian Whitmore. It’s pretty much impossible to ignore Ramzan Kadyrov — and he knows it. And he’s not going anywhere. Whether Kadyrov is Vladimir Putin’s loose cannon or his loaded pistol, the rambunctious Chechen leader has become an indispensable part of Russia’s political system — regardless […]

Neo-Kremlinology Has Real Limits, Schulmann Says

February 3, 2015

Staunton, February 2 — The revival of Kremlinology, of relying on a variety of indirect indications of who is closer to the top leader and who may be opposed to him, is “a bad sign,” Ekaterina Schulmann says, not only because of what it says about the increasingly closed nature of Russian politics but also […]

Russia’s Choice of a Future More Limited Than Most Think, Pastukhov Says

May 27, 2014

Staunton, May 26 – Russia faces a relatively limited choice about the direction it will follow, Vladimir Pastukhov argues. A liberal democratic scenario at this stage need not be considered. Instead, the country will choose among a national theocracy, a civil police state or “the imitation of statehood” altogether. In an essay on Polit.ru yesterday, […]

Putin’s New Foreign Policy Doctrine Points to a Hobbesian World, Ryzhkov Says

April 4, 2014

Staunton, April 4 – Vladimir Putin’s statements and actions concerning Crimea and Ukraine are not ad hoc responses but rather represent a new “’Putin doctrine’” for Russian action in foreign affairs, a doctrine that dispenses with many of the most fundamental principles on which the international system has operated, according to Vladimir Ryzhkov. In a […]