Vladislav Inozemtsev
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Mergers & Acquisitions
Russia: Why Not Buy It Out?

A modest, low-cost proposal to remove an existential threat to the United States.

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After the USSR
Russia’s Loss, Whose Gain?

A new book urging the West to reconcile with Russia gives too much credit to Russia and too little to the West.

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Siberia
Russia, the Last Colonial Empire

Russia should be counted among the European colonial empires—and as the only one left standing. That’s the key to comprehending its future.

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Yevgeniy Yevtushenko RIP
A Soviet Man

Politically and poetically, Yevtushenko pushed to extend—but never to break—the limits of the permissible in Soviet society.

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Russia Watch
Understanding Putin’s Men

The false dichotomy of “liberals vs. étatists” obscures the real divisions in Russian society.

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Russia and the World
Putin’s Russia: A Moderate Fascist State

By standard scholarly definition, Russia today is not an illiberal democracy: It is an early-stage fascist state.

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Policy Shop
Yes, Sanctions Work

The old wise-man consensus about the inefficacy of economic sanctions is truly old. Turns out they often work pretty well these days.

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Russia's Economy
The Ruble’s Wild Ride

Nothing short of a miracle will prevent a sharp economic decline in Russia in the coming year, but don’t expect Putin’s popularity to take a big hit because of it.

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Exit Strategies
Playing the Long Game with Russia

The West’s Russia strategy should focus on stopping it softly, not on humiliating it.

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Thinking Three Moves Ahead
How To Win Ukraine and Influence The Future

Kiev has de facto lost control over Crimea and parts of its east. The way forward is not to fight to get them back by force, however, but to win them back by demonstrating that a pro-EU orientation brings with it prosperity. The West must help make this a reality.

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