Special Reports

Does It Matter If the Russian Opposition Stays United?

April 27, 2016

The Russian liberal opposition Democratic Coalition fell apart yesterday as anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny and Vladimir Milov, former deputy energy ministe broke ranks with former finance minister Mikhail Kasyanov and his colleagues in Parnas. Behind their differences, however was the relentless pressure, organizing restrictions and privacy-busting of Putin’s intelligence service – factors that won’t go away even if people paper over differences.

Tabloids Revive Old And Debunked MH17 Conspiracies

April 25, 2016

With the upcoming broadcast of a BBC documentary on the conspiracy theories surrounding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014, several media outlets, both Western and Russian, have revived some old and debunked claims. This morning, Britain’s Daily Express ran, in a break from its usual staples of Princess Diana stories and […]

Will the Russian Opposition Make it to the September Parliamentary Elections?

April 22, 2016

The Russian opposition made their first test of the upcoming fall elections in Barvikha, a prestigious suburb of Moscow where top Russian officials have their homes. When they uncovered obvious fraud there, they felt that Ella Pamfilova, the new head of the Central Elections Commission proposed by President Vladimir Putin

The World Is Less Safe Than It Has Been Since The End Of The Cold War

March 24, 2016

Originally published on March 23, 2016, revised on March 24, 2016. The crises in Ukraine and Syria have undermined the geopolitical balance that has kept us safe for generations It’s perhaps an outdated cliche that voters do not care about foreign policy. Thanks to the horrific news in Brussels, terrorism in Paris, the chaos in […]

What Vladimir Putin Learned From The Arab Spring

March 14, 2016

Five years ago the world was glued to Twitter, Internet news agencies, and live television, where one could watch the “old world order” fall apart in real time. On December 19, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi’s vegetable cart, his livelihood, was seized by Tunisian police. He lit himself on fire, perhaps the only method of protest which […]

Nadiya Savchenko – Victim of a Modern Show Trial

March 9, 2016

A Ukrainian prisoner of war is now on the fifth day of a dry hunger strike, accepting neither food nor water, and nearing the end of a show trial in the Russian border town of Donetsk. With her health deteriorating and the outcome of this much-publicized and highly political case certain to be a guilty […]

EU’s Moral Failure

February 17, 2016

On Monday, February 15, the EU Council took a decision to lift sanctions on 170 people and 3 companies in Belarus. Not for the first time, the EU is lifting sanctions on a dictator — and not for the first time “the last dictator in Europe” (as Alyaksandr Lukashenka is known) is being pardoned for […]