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Politics and the World Cup

Politics and the World Cup

News about the 2018 World Cup in Russia will dominate sports headlines and television screens throughout the summer months as fans come out of the woodwork to support their nation’s soccer teams. And while the World Cup is a great way to unite people, it is important to ...

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Putin’s next 6 years: shadow of stagnation or light of reform?

Putin’s next 6 years: shadow of stagnation or light of reform?

After his record landslide victory on 18 March, Russian President Vladimir Putin likely knows he cannot rest on his laurels. With oil prices unlikely to rise anytime soon, national economic stagnation, a still heavily State-and-oligarch-controlled economy and an ever-growing shadow of confrontation with the West, Putin has his work ...

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Russia’s Elections: The View from Siberia

Russia’s Elections: The View from Siberia

Reports from Russian announced that Vladimir Putin won over 76% of the votes in his reelection bid March 18, with turnout over 67%. The view from Siberia was a little different. OSCE, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, sent nearly 600 short-term, long-term, and other election observers to Russia.  In ...

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5 reasons Russia’s banking system is heading for trouble

5 reasons Russia’s banking system is heading for trouble

Russia’s recent bailout of two major banks will cost the country billions of rubles. But the future of the Russian banking system, and its impact on the nation’s economy, is still uncertain. Russia is finally emerging from a serious recession, with growth predicted for 2018. However, the recent rescue of B&N ...

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Ten Things You Need to Know about Russian Military Exercises

Ten Things You Need to Know about Russian Military Exercises

The biggest Russian-Belarusian military exercise this year, started on September 14, 2017. Yet, this event has been analyzed by security pundits for months.

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Russia Pins Hopes on U.S. Corporations to Ease Sanctions

Russia Pins Hopes on U.S. Corporations to Ease Sanctions

Oil, energy, banking, aerospace, auto and manufacturing industries are lobbying against Russia sanctions legislation going through Congress.

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Connecting the Dots Between Trump and Russian Lawyer Veselnitskaya

Connecting the Dots Between Trump and Russian Lawyer Veselnitskaya

President Donald Trump’s Russia problems have multiplied with recent reports that his son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign after he was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton and told that this information was ...

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Trump Confirms Authoritarian Bromance with Putin

Trump Confirms Authoritarian Bromance with Putin

U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin July 7 on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Intended to be a half-hour meeting, it went on for more than two hours. Present in addition to Trump ...

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Can Trump Be Trusted in a Room Alone with Putin?

Can Trump Be Trusted in a Room Alone with Putin?

According to reports, U.S President Donald Trump is “eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles” at the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 7. In fact Trump is “so excited ...

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Trump’s Foreign Policy Helps Putin’s Reelection Plan

Trump’s Foreign Policy Helps Putin’s Reelection Plan

When the Kremlin decided to meddle in the U.S. election in favor of Trump, it nurtured the hope of a reset in bilateral ties with the West.

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Catalysts for Never Ending Attacks

Catalysts for Never Ending Attacks

Future policies that deeply antagonize communities need to be prevented at all costs. Otherwise, it is unlikely that attacks, such as the one in St. Petersburg, will end.

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Despite Hurdles, Russia’s Eurasian Dream Lives On

Despite Hurdles, Russia’s Eurasian Dream Lives On

Economic dependence and shared cultures and borders make it nearly impossible for the former Soviet republics to break ties with the Kremlin without shooting themselves in the foot.

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What does the National Intelligence Council think of Russia?

What does the National Intelligence Council think of Russia?

Considering the prospects for Eurasia, it concludes that “Russia’s aggressive foreign policy will be a source of considerable volatility in the next five years.”

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As Sanctions are Lifted, Russia Eyes Trade Opportunities with Iran

As Sanctions are Lifted, Russia Eyes Trade Opportunities with Iran

As Iran's economy is likely to become a bonanza for foreign companies in the upcoming years, Russia is preparing to secure its share.

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Living in Interesting Times in Central Asia

Living in Interesting Times in Central Asia

Uzbekistan’s president is dead, a suicide bomber struck the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan leader cracked down on widespread demonstrations.

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