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Not in Russia: An election observer takes notes as Gwinnett County workers process ballots in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Nov. 6. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Russia’s rigged elections look nothing like the US election – they have immediate, unquestioned results there

Charges by President Donald Trump and his allies that the 2020 election was rigged are challenged by experts in Russian elections, where rigging the outcome is an established way of life.
President Donald Trump may have removed his mask, but the uncertainty posed by his positive COVID-19 test continues. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Allies and foes watch as Trump fights the coronavirus

What might be the global geopolitical significance of Trump's positive COVID-19 test?
Alexei Navalny remains in hospital in Germany after he was poisoned in Siberia. Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

Alexei Navalny poisoning: what theatrical assassination attempts reveal about Vladimir Putin’s grip on power in Russia

Vladimir Putin is a standard-bearer, rather than a pioneer in the history of Soviet and Russian political assassination.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (L) poses for a photo at a Moscow rally in support of political prisoners on September 29, 2019. Dmitri Chirciu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

How Alexei Navalny revolutionized opposition politics in Russia, before his apparent poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, gravely ill from a suspected poisoning, brought a new type of opposition to Russia in tune with popular concerns and aimed at finding common ground.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at a polling station to cast his ballot in a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms in Moscow on July 1, 2020. Alexey Druzhinin/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

With prizes, food, housing and cash, Putin rigged Russia’s most recent vote

The recent vote in Russia supporting Vladimir Putin's constitutional reforms was pure theater and obscures growing friction between state and society.
A young man wearing a face mask reading “Against” in Pushkin Square in Moscow to protest the constitutional amendments that extended Russian President Vladimir Putin’s tenure to 2036. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Putin’s contentious victory could mean dark days ahead for Russia

A plebiscite to amend the Russian constitution was a way for Vladimir Putin to extend his presidency to 2036. But many questions about the vote could mean trouble for the Russian leader.
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Russian disinformation in the time of Covid-19

The Covid-19 epidemic has given rise to an avalanche of fake news, and accounts managed by Russian interests lead the way. How does this misinformation work, and what are its aims?

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