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Siloviki Struggle
The Most Senior Official Ever Arrested in Russia

Is the fall of Alexey Ulyukaev, the Minister for Economic Development, the beginning of the end for Dmitry Medvedev, Putin’s heir apparent?

Power Struggle
A Murder Inside the National Guard

What a murky shooting tells us about the nature of Putin’s brand new security service.

Budget Battles
Putin Can’t Stop Feeding the Caucasus

Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov puts his foot down—and the Russian President obeys.

A Conversation with Aleksander Nevzorov:
“Putin Is Completely Russia’s Puppet”

After the election, is reengagement with Russia possible while Putin is in power?

Of Czars and Boyars
Putin’s Valdai Pivot?

The Russian President is playing his games again.

Theft in Broad Daylight
The Russian Orthodox Church, the Mafia, and the Fugitive Banker

This is not your everyday bank failure in Russia.

Crying Uncle
Putin’s Boasting Hides His Fear of Sanctions

Outraged by Aleppo, the Obama Administration says it might impose more sanctions on Russia. It should, because sanctions are working.

State Capitalism
Putin’s Crony Gets His (Un)fair Share

The purchase of Bashneft by Rosneft represents one more example of how the “market economy” works in Russia—especially when money is being transferred from one state-owned pocket into another.

Putin's Plutonium Play
Is It a Threat or Desperation?

Look no further than Putin’s list of demands to restart the plutonium deal for proof of how important sanctions relief is to the embattled Russian President.

MH17 Report Fallout
The Kremlin’s Tactical Ambiguity

A more careful look at how Russia is spinning the Dutch report on the Malaysian Airlines tragedy suggests that Putin may be looking for ways to wash his hands of the whole war in Eastern Ukraine.

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illiberalism

Tribalism on one side strengthens tribalism on the other.

A Setback?

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party suffered a defeat at the polls on Sunday. But the country’s next parliamentary could come sooner than most expect, offering the populists another chance.

Europe's Mess

A “No” vote many thought would strike a serious blow against the EU may have been more of a stay of execution. But that does not mean any of Europe’s underlying problems have gone away.

Budget Battles

Many of the nation’s top military brass have Putin on their minds when looking at the 2018 defense budget.

democracy and its discontents

The outcome of the election made the public more supportive of America’s idiosyncratic election system overall.

Consequences

Yet more proof that the only way to assure good treatment for refugees is to do everything to prevent their displacement in the first place.

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