Of Pensions and Sanctions
Putin’s Perfect Storm
An escalating sanctions war, a series of unpopular economic reforms, and elite discontent threaten to embolden Putin’s critics and discredit his “besieged fortress” narrative.
Putin's Next Play
From Penalty Kicks to Pensions
With the World Cup winding down, Putin has a far more difficult task ahead: selling the public on deeply unpopular retirement reforms.
Follow the Money
Russia’s Kleptocracy Laid Bare
New revelations from Panama expose the inner workings of Russia’s kleptocracy—and the hollow underpinnings of Putin’s regime.
Putin 4.0: It’s All in the Family
As rival clans seek to pounce, Russia’s Yeltsin-era elites are going out of their way to signal their fealty to Putin.
The Great Sanctions Split
Whether by mistake or design, Western sanctions have created both winners and losers in Russia, setting up an inter-elite competition that Putin may find hard to control.
A Fight Over Sanctions
The Great Oligarch Whitewash
A strange campaign is afoot to cleanse the reputations of several oligarchs targeted by the latest round of Russia sanctions. Don’t buy into it.
The Post-Election Power Plays Begin
The arrest of two oligarch brothers may signal a new power struggle over the Prime Minister post, or an intensified crackdown on private business. Either way, don’t bet on liberal reform in Putin’s next term.
Why The Kremlin Fears #MeToo
A sexual harassment scandal in Russia’s parliament threatens to expose the Putin regime’s hollow, hypocritical commitment to “traditional values.”
A Conversation at PutinCon
How To Deal with Putin
As Vladimir Putin begins another six-year term as President,
TAI asked the attendees of the PutinCon conference how to handle the Russian leader.
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