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Analysis | Aug 25, 2021
This year, the FT wrote that Russia’s GDP per capita is 30% lower than in 2013—a surprising claim as neither Russia’s GDP nor its population had changed so drastically in that time. We find the number to be debatable.
Digest | Aug 20, 2021
One year after Navalny's poisoning, Merkel advocates for his release; Iran offers to work with Russia, China to bring 'peace and stability' to Afghanistan; and more in this week's Russian news digest.
Event | Dec 13, 2021
Join the Wilson Center for a discussion of the circumstances and events that preceded the breakup of the Soviet Union outlined in Vladislav Zubok's new book "Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union."
Event | Nov 08, 2021
Join the Wilson Center for a discussion of M.E. Sarotte's new book "Not One Inch: America, Russia and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate," which outlines how NATO expansion transformed the era between the Cold War and COVID.
Analysis | Aug 19, 2021
Laruelle convincingly depicts the perils of the poisonous potential of the memory wars and frivolous accusations in fascism to eliminate prospects for a negotiated modus vivendi on the European continent and driving the game to a set of zero-sum encounters depriving the sides from the meaningful engagement on many issues presenting common interests.
Post | Aug 18, 2021
In 2001, then-Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov claims to have told the Taliban to "f--- off” in response to the group’s alleged offer to team up with Moscow against the United States. This bears contrasting with recent statements by Russian officials, such as  Vladimir Putin’s special representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov and Russia’s ambassador in Kabul Dmitry Zhirnov. “If we compare them in terms of the ability to negotiate with colleagues and partners, the Taliban has long demonstrated a much better ability to negotiate than the puppet government,” TASS quoted Kabulov as saying.  "They made a good impression on us, adequate men, well armed,” Russia’s ambassador in Kabul Dmitry Zhirnov said in reference to members of the Taliban, which at present is designated by the Russian government as a banned terrorist organization.

The perspectives of Russia’s non-government Middle East experts on the ascent of the Taliban and its impact on Russia appear to be more varied than those of Russian diplomats and their other official counterparts. We have compiled a selection of such views, along with views on the same expressed by Western FSU watchers.
Digest | Aug 16, 2021
Radchenko compares U.S., Soviet campaigns in Afghanistan, concluding that Kabul was never Moscow’s or Washington’s to lose; Gvosdev suggests that recent events in Afghanistan should inspire Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova to reconsider the merits of non-NATO ally status; and more in this week’s Russian analytical review.
Analysis | Aug 16, 2021
Radchenko: When it comes to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden made the right call, even if the execution was far less impressive than the orderly Soviet pullout some 30 years ago. What is left in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal was never going to be pretty but nor did the Soviets leave a pretty sight. But this hardly changes the basic issue: Getting in was a mistake; getting out was the right thing to do. Because in the end Afghanistan was never Moscow’s, or Washington’s, to win or lose. 
Analysis | Aug 16, 2021
From Afghanistan to Hungary, there is confusion about what alliance means and what steps the United States is prepared to take on behalf of those it considers allies. These matters need resolution because the United States cannot allow any doubt about what commitments it is prepared to enforce, especially with great power competitors more prepared to test any ambiguity in America’s stance.