News

Russia Plans to Trade With Iran Once UN Arms Embargo Expires; FT: Russia to Spend More on Boosting Economy Than on Military 1st Time Since 2014

September 25, 2020
Moscow’s not worried about new U.S. sanctions against Tehran; cuts to Russia’s budget mean a 5% cut to its weapons program; this, Belarus, Putin’s new offer to Washington and more in our latest news digest.
Analysis

Rebuttal: Ukraine Is Emerging as Critical Node for White-Supremacy Extremists

Mollie Saltskog and Colin P. Clarke September 24, 2020 RM Exclusives
The authors argue that the transnational threat of violent right-wing extremism emanating from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has not waned, even as the number of ultranationalist foreign fighters there has.
Blog

Levada Poll: 1/2 of Russians Support Idea of ‘Russia for Russians,’ About 1/5 Would Not Let in Chinese, Ukrainians

RM Staff September 23, 2020
The independent pollster has released new data in a two-decade effort to track nationalism and xenophobia in Russia.
News
Russia Plans to Trade With Iran Once UN Arms Embargo Expires; FT: Russia to Spend More on Boosting Economy Than on Military 1st Time Since 2014
September 25, 2020
Analysis
Rebuttal: Ukraine Is Emerging as Critical Node for White-Supremacy Extremists
September 24, 2020
Blog
Levada Poll: 1/2 of Russians Support Idea of ‘Russia for Russians,’ About 1/5 Would Not Let in Chinese, Ukrainians
September 23, 2020
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Analysis

Russia’s Impact on US National Interests: Ensuring Energy Security

Li-Chen Sim
Continued debate over the future of Nord Stream 2 underscores Russia's significant role in the global energy market. So how does Russia impact the United States’ vital interest in ensuring its energy security?
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Analysis

Why Russia’s Alliance With China is Improbable, But Not Impossible

Simon Saradzhyan
The relationship between China and Russia is getting stronger by the hour. While some might say that Russia and China are in a de facto non-aggression pact, a deeper alliance is still unlikely, though not impossible.
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Analysis

Do Black Lives Matter in Russia?

Peter Rutland and Andrei Kazantsev
Studying the reactions to Black Lives Matter in Russia can teach us a lot about Russian society—just as Russians and others have learned a great deal about American society as the movement has unfolded.
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Analysis

Who ‘Defeated’ ISIS? An Analysis of US and Russian Contributions

Domitilla Sagramoso
There can be little doubt that the U.S. and its allies played a much bigger role in subduing the terror group than Russia. But ISIS has plenty of life in it yet and any alleged victory is fragile.
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Analysis

Protests in Belarus

Sean's Russia Blog
A few weeks ago, Lukashenko’s rule seemed on the verge of collapse. But now things appear at a stalemate. For the larger context for these mass protests and what they mean, SRB turned to Elena Gapova for some insight.
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Blog

What Worries Russians Most?

RM Staff
Russians continue to worry most about price increases and unemployment growth, according to the results of the latest in the series of polls by the Levada Center.
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Analysis

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Russia

RM Staff
What have the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his newly announced vice-presidential pick said on the U.S. policies they advocate on key Russia-related issues, as well as their views on Russia itself?
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Analysis

Olga Oliker on Russia: Insights and Recommendations

RM Staff
Russia presents a critical foreign policy challenge to the U.S., "one which will be poorly served by either demonization or conciliation," writes leading Russia expert Olga Oliker. "What is needed is considered, knowledgeable and nuanced policy."
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Blog

Support for KPRF Wanes in Comparison to LDPR, Recent Poll Indicates

RM Staff
The Levada Center's Aug. 20-26 poll shows that the LDPR has extended the lead it gained in February over the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF).
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Analysis

Russia and US National Interests: Maintaining a Balance of Power in Europe and Asia

Nikolas K. Gvosdev
In this primer, the first in an exclusive series designed to facilitate a reassessment of America’s relationship with Moscow, Nikolas K. Gvosdev argues that U.S. policy toward Moscow should not create incentives for closer Russia-China ties.
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