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The Loyal Middle Class of Putin’s Russia

The Loyal Middle Class of Putin’s Russia

January 17, 2019Join PONARS Eurasia for their New Voices on Russia speaker series, featuring Bryn Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld will discuss how public sector employment shapes key middle class constituencies’ support for the Putin regime and how evidence shows that demands for democracy and Russia's prospects for mobilized democratic transition hinge considerably on the middle classes' degree of state dependence.

Remaking the Social Contract? Pension Reform and Protest in Russia

Remaking the Social Contract? Pension Reform and Protest in Russia

January 24, 2019Join the Harriman Institute and New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia for a panel discussion examining the Kremlin’s recent attempts at reforming the pension system in Russia.

Book Talk—Russia and the EU: Spaces of Interaction in Times of Crisis

Book Talk—Russia and the EU: Spaces of Interaction in Times of Crisis

January 29, 2019Join the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School for a book talk by Professor Andrey Makarychev of the University of Tartu on "Russia and the EU: Spaces of Interaction in Times of Crisis." He will discuss relations between Russia and the European Union after the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014. 

Do Trump’s Afghanistan Claims Mirror Moscow’s Rhetoric?

Do Trump’s Afghanistan Claims Mirror Moscow’s Rhetoric?

January 11, 2019Earlier this month, President Donald Trump offered his take on Soviet Russia’s experiences in Afghanistan as he argued in favor of a huge U.S. troop withdrawal and a larger contribution by Moscow to stabilize the war-racked country. The U.S. president put forward two basic propositions: that the 1979-1989 war in Afghanistan bankrupted the Soviet Union and led to its collapse and that the reason Moscow (rightly, according to Trump) invaded Afghanistan “was because terrorists were going into Russia.” Both claims drew a barrage of criticism in the U.S., Europe and Afghanistan. Even the Wall Street Journal’s editorial writers, normally measured in their criticism of Trump’s conduct and policies, said of his contention about terrorists that they “cannot recall a more absurd misstatement of history by an American President.”

Among the rebukes leveled at Trump was, in the words of one Republican commentator, that he was repeating “Soviet-Putinist propaganda.” But was he?