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Decrypting the effects of the Russian Presidential Election

April 27, 2018

By Jackson Oliver Webster     This article is part of a two-part pre- and post-election analysis of the Russian elections and their significance for the country and region going forward. The pre-election break-down can be found here.   It came as no surprise that, late in the evening of 18 March 2018, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin … Continue reading “Decrypting the effects of the Russian Presidential Election”


Smoke, Mirrors, Yachts, and Dachas

March 16, 2018

By Jackson Oliver Webster   This article is part of a two-part pre- and post-election analysis of the Russian elections and their significance for the country and region going forward.    Russia’s elections have been crafted the same way a producer designs the season finale of a reality TV show finale: the illusion of suspense hides … Continue reading “Smoke, Mirrors, Yachts, and Dachas”


Putin’s sleight of hand in Syria

April 15, 2016

By: Peter Kirechu On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly announced the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria as UN-sponsored peace talks began in Geneva. Putin’s withdrawal–however partial–challenged the Obama administration’s long-held quagmire sentence on the Russian role inside Syria. Putin showed that a limited military campaign could preserve the regime from collapse without … Continue reading “Putin’s sleight of hand in Syria”


After Ukraine, Part I – Sleepwalking into crisis: Britain, Russia and the Ukraine

April 29, 2015

By Michael Jones: Britain’s Defence secretary Michael Fallon said in February that the Russian Leader Vladimir Putin presented as much of a threat to Europe as ISIS[i]. It seems strange that to assert the seriousness of the threat from Russia – a major nuclear-armed power in Europe – Fallon had to compare it to a … Continue reading “After Ukraine, Part I – Sleepwalking into crisis: Britain, Russia and the Ukraine”


Russia and the World following Ukraine: A Strife 4-part series

April 27, 2015

By Sebastian Åsberg: “At last, Russia has returned to the world arena as a strong state – a country that others heed and that can stand up for itself” – Russian President Vladimir Putin, 2008. While the overall strength of the Russian state, especially in the long-term, is still a subject of debate, Russia has … Continue reading “Russia and the World following Ukraine: A Strife 4-part series”


Debunking pro-Russian propaganda on the web

April 7, 2015

By Malyuta Skuratov: “The real weapon was not the rifle but the megaphone. Being unable to kill your enemy you shouted at him instead.” – George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia  *** Conspiracy theorists of the world, unite! Scraping the bottom of the barrel, Russia has finally managed to re-establish herself as an ideological centre of … Continue reading “Debunking pro-Russian propaganda on the web”


Latvia: what the Russians left behind

March 17, 2015

By Leyla Aliyeva: Latvia’s history is marked by occupation. Since the 15th century the territory has been controlled by Sweden, Poland, Germany and Russia. It declared independence from Russia in 1918, but was reincorporated into what was then the Soviet Union as a bulwark against Nazi Germany in the early days of the Second World … Continue reading “Latvia: what the Russians left behind”


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