The West’s new approach to Russia – bar it from international organizations, restrict international trade, prevent further military moves – looks just like how it treated Russia in the 20th century.
When it comes to war crimes in Ukraine, the Kremlin is intimately following the Syrian playbook. To prevent further atrocities, leaders must now draw the lessons from the conflict in Western Asia.
Did Russian intelligence mislead Putin about Ukraine’s capabilities or did they just tell him what he wanted to hear?
Russia is cracking down on freedom of speech and media. But other factors, like outside online information, could make it difficult to control war propaganda - and block out other information.
The Kremlin is pushing for a quick migration of all Russian websites and services to be hosted within the country. It could be the first stage of a larger disconnection effort.
The Russian president has already shown he will come down hard on domestic opposition to the war in Ukraine.
Even as it wages a propaganda and disinformation campaign in Ukraine, Russia is fighting to retain control of the story within Russia.
Lost in the outrage over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the fact that many in the West have long warned that widespread NATO expansion into Eastern Europe could spark just such a conflict.
The closer Ukraine’s ties with the west – especially the US – the more aggressive Russia’s reaction as it continues to pursue regional dominance.
Russia’s latest actions have worrying implications for democratic opposition movements.
Russia’s state broadcaster works hand-in-hand with the Kremlin to push the party line.
Despite a 27% approval rating, Putin’s United Russia party can maintain its legislative majority in September through manipulation and fraud, says an expert on Russian elections.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has proved himself to be a master at summoning citizens to protest government abuses. The very words he chooses to use are part of his power.
Navalny’s jailing could galvanise Russians who want a government no longer characterised by post-imperial nostalgia and a paranoid, siege mentality that constantly fears the West.
Poisoning Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny didn’t get rid of him. He survived the attack, and now the Kremlin must deal with a reinvigorated reform movement led by Navalny.
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.
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.
Navalny has long been targeted by the authorities for his work exposing corruption among Russian officials. But making him a martyr does not seem to help the Kremlin at this point.
The Kremlin has postponed a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is worrying for Vladimir Putin.
Russia’s cabinet resigned Wednesday, and it looked like an unexpected move. But a Russia scholar says it is part of a plan by leader Vladimir Putin to maintain power after he leaves office.