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Politics

14 December 2017

Two Landmark Cases that will Change Russia

By allowing one of the largest state-controlled companies to determine what is lawful and who is guilty, the Russian state has placed itself in a very difficult position

13 December 2017

The Fate of Putin’s Minister

The verdict in the Ulyukayev case will be the first serious step in Putin’s reelection campaign

27 November 2017

Surveillance in Russia

The Russian authorities are keeping an ever closer eye on their citizens, all in the name of public safety. Yet there are limited checks and balances in place for what gets gathered and when. And increasingly, the state has been a leak-prone holder of its citizens’ private data.

20 November 2017

Discrediting Journalism: Russia’s New Laws on ‘Foreign Agents’

The State Duma is expanding its “foreign agents” classification to include entire international news media outlets. This decision will make life even harder for any journalist wanting to analyse and question the actions of the Russian government. 

26 October 2017

The Closing of the Russian Mind

The decision to boost funding for Russian universities was an admirable policy that has already improved the global standing of Russian higher education. But these efforts are being undermined by overbearing political cronyism and undue pressure on academic freedoms