27 December 2017
Higher oil prices, state investment and Central Bank activism have maintained surface stability in the Russian economy this year, but there are still significant undercurrents that could serve to accelerate political reforms in 2018.
23 December 2017
For a post-Soviet society like Russia, Olympic achievement is a display of imperial prowess, and a traditional field of symbolic confrontation with the West.
22 December 2017
War weary and under financial pressure, Russia’s defence and security policy will remain assertive in 2018, but there will also be a greater degree of risk aversion.
20 December 2017
The upcoming presidential elections are a formality. The West should already be thinking about how to respond to at least another six years of Putinism.
15 December 2017
An analysis of Putin's publicly stated promises shows how rarely the Russian leader gets pinned down to pledging anything large-scale, concrete and specific. And when that does happen, it is anyone’s guess whether those promises will be fulfilled.
14 December 2017
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 verdict in the Ulyukayev case will be the first serious step in Putin’s reelection campaign
12 December 2017
The fate of Nord Stream 2 has become a bone of contention in Germany’s coalition talks
6 December 2017
A worrying few years lie ahead for Russia’s economy. The Russian government is cash-strapped at both national and regional levels, and it will be education, health, wages and welfare that take the hit. High military spending is set to continue.
1 December 2017
What went wrong in the military and technical co-operation between Russia and India?