Putinism Revisited The Futile Search for a Russian Ideology
Western Russia-watchers are mistaking the ramblings of a self-promoting apparatchik for a coherent articulation of the Kremlin’s ideology. Don’t believe the hype.
A Conversation with Vitaly Mansky Witnessing Putin’s Rise
A leading Russian documentarian reflects on the events that brought Putin to power, in a new film that is part personal repentance and part cautionary tale.
Putin's Plummeting Popularity Don’t Shoot The Messenger
It’s not just that Putin’s “trust” numbers are in free fall. It’s that his most trusted pollsters appear to be in a panic about it.
own goal Don’t Play The Russian PR Game
Neither the delisting of Rusal nor the allowing of sanctioned Russian persons to attend Davos is a capitulation.
Putin's Retirement Plan? The Privatization That Wasn’t
New reporting confirms that the “privatization” of Russia’s oil giant Rosneft was the kleptocratic fraud we suspected all along.
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.
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