Sloppy Spycraft Russia’s Intelligence Failures
A series of high-profile mishaps have exposed the incompetence of Russia’s intelligence services. And yet the main threat to Putin’s rule would still come from the siloviki.
Back Down or Crack Down? Putin’s Fraying Mandate
Rigged elections and brutal crackdowns cannot disguise the public’s falling trust in the Kremlin.
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.
Kremlinology 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.
Unintended Consequences 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.
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