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Karina Orlova
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A Conversation with Stanislav Belkovsky
“Putin Is a Local Bully with Nuclear Weapons”

Is the Russian President an opportunist or a master strategist? And what is his game plan for Ukraine?

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Putin's Personal Safety
The Siloviki Shuffle

Power struggles and shakedowns among Russia’s security services help explain why and how Putin has decided to shuffle the deck.

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A Token Reformist
Kudrin, Half-Restored?

Vladimir Putin convened his Council of Economic Advisors for the first time in two years this week, with his former Finance Minister on board. But it was only for a “brainstorming session”, the Kremlin said, suggesting that serious reforms were not about to be unveiled.

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Maybe he's just a nice guy
What Lies Behinds Putin’s “Humanitarian Gesture” Towards Savchenko?

It wasn’t exactly a prisoner swap, as most media are reporting. Did Putin get something else, or is he just trying to improve his image abroad during challenging times?

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Election Slogans
“There is No Money. Cheer Up!”

Russia’s PM speaks to disgruntled Crimean pensioners.

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Crony Capitalism
Putin Looks Out For His Friends

One of the Russian President’s closest friends, sanctioned by the West, just won another huge no-bid contract to build part of a gas pipeline to China.

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Corruption & Propaganda
The Snake Eats Itself

Putin’s propaganda machine, pushing on an open door in the West, is weaker than it seems, due to endemic corruption at home. Let’s try to fight him in Russia instead.

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Controlling the Narrative
How the Kremlin Turns Tragedy into Talking Points

The Kremlin reacted very differently when Russia’s own airliner was brought down by a terror attack last year. Here’s why.

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The Kleptocracy Archive
Documenting Theft on a Grand Scale

A brand new online document repository seeks to be a vital resource for journalists, scholars, and law enforcement agents looking to understand how dirty foreign money is corrupting our own system.

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Mafia State Watch
Bloodbath in a Cemetery

The wild Russian 90s are back, replete with murders, racketeering, and criminal-fueled chaos.

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