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The Sick Man of Russia
Diagnosis for Medvedev Not Looking Good

An offhand remark by Vladimir Putin has Russians reading the tea leaves on the Prime Minister’s future.

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Siloviki Sharpen their Knives
The Hit Is In Against Dmitry Medvedev

Alexey Navalny’s exposé of Medvedev’s corruption is not so much a victory for transparency in Russia as a sign that powerful forces are aligning against the Prime Minister.

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Bromance Interrupted
Trump’s Ratings Slump in Russia

The love of Putin’s Russia is a precious gift that costs a lot and can be taken away at a moment’s notice—as soon as the beloved doesn’t fit the Kremlin’s selfish interests any longer.

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Ukraine Flareup
How to Profit from a Standoff with the United States

By stoking war in Ukraine, the Russian President is trying to get the United States into negotiating on his terms. Meanwhile, his closest cronies are set to make a lot of money from the surge in violence .

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Recessional
Racist Russians Insult Obama Hoping for Trump’s Approval

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

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Putin's Retirement Plan?
Rosneft’s So-Called Privatization Gets Murkier

The sanctioned Russian bank VTB, a Kremlin favorite, had a critical role to play in the sale of a government oil company stake last month. Cui bono?

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A Conversation with Mikhail Khodorkovsky
“Looking to the Future When Dealing with Putin Only Leads to Self-Deception”

TAI recently sat down with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the outspoken former head of Yukos who was jailed for ten years by Vladimir Putin. We asked the Kremlin’s leading critic in exile about his views on the current Russian regime, Donald Trump, the rise of global populism, the thorny question of Crimea, and his political ambitions.

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Deal of the Year
The Rosneft Sale and Putin’s Retirement Plan

The sale of 19.5 percent of the Russian oil company to an oil trader and a Qatari sovereign wealth fund provides plenty of avenues for Russia’s President to personally handsomely profit.

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Putin's FoPo Pivot
The King’s Speech

With the incoming Trump Administration talking about cooperating with Russia, it was no surprise that Putin would take a more conciliatory tone towards the West.

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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?

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