9 March 2018
The radical and conservative context of Putin’s New Russian Doctrine
6 March 2018
In his speech outlining Russia’s military credentials, there were moments when President Vladimir Putin strayed into science fiction
2 March 2018
It is in Russia’s strategic interest to help hand back the Donbas to Ukraine
28 February 2018
A series of implausible candidates remain to make up the numbers and provide some colour to an election that has become a clear formality for Vladimir Putin. Is this all just a vicious sociological experiment?
26 February 2018
In a context of economic stagnation, arms production remains a priority for Moscow. The GPV-2027 spending priorities are a useful indicator of the Kremlin’s long-term political mindset.
23 February 2018
Chinese, Russian and English are all competing to be Central Asia’s lingua franca. This has a bearing on the region’s ties to the rest of the world, as well as an impact on domestic political culture.
21 February 2018
The Russian media’s focus on determining the death toll of Russian mercenaries in Syria obscures a wider challenge: Russia’s actions there are relying on Iran, and benefitting Iran. The benefits for Russia are far less clear.
20 February 2018
Political officers in the military had disappeared along with the Soviet Union. Now they are back again. The government’s aim is greater ideological control over the command structures of the nation’s armed forces, especially in light of any potential internal unrest.
16 February 2018
Although there has been much talk of Russia’s pivot to Asia, the question of Russia’s tense relations with America will dominate Putin’s fourth term.
15 February 2018
Prisoners serving time in Russia are denied access to healthcare, consistently and systematically. That can prove fatal for thousands of inmates every year.