News

Levada: Share of Russians Who Name Putin Most Trusted Politician More Than Halves From 2017; Russia to Test Nuclear-Powered Poseidon Drone in Fall

May 29, 2020
The May 2020 Levada poll showed 25 percent of Russians named Putin among their most trusted politicians compared to 59 percent in 2017; The Barents Observer reports Russia is to test the drone this fall; and more in our weekly news round-up.
Analysis

Khodorkovsky Marks the Spot: Russia’s Turning Point From Economic Freedom to State Control

Sergei Guriev May 28, 2020 RM Exclusives
Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s sentencing 15 years ago this month signaled the end of Russia's market reforms and the beginning of ever-increasing state control.
Analysis

Russia and Collective Security: Why CSTO Is No Match for Warsaw Pact

Dmitry Gorenburg May 27, 2020 RM Exclusives
The CSTO is too organizationally weak and insufficiently integrated to serve as a capability multiplier for its members, and the weakness of other member states' military forces make them of limited value to Russia as military allies.
News
Levada: Share of Russians Who Name Putin Most Trusted Politician More Than Halves From 2017; Russia to Test Nuclear-Powered Poseidon Drone in Fall
May 29, 2020
Analysis
Khodorkovsky Marks the Spot: Russia’s Turning Point From Economic Freedom to State Control
May 28, 2020
Analysis
Russia and Collective Security: Why CSTO Is No Match for Warsaw Pact
May 27, 2020
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Blog

Many Russians Expect to Lose Jobs, Take Pay Cuts in Wake of Pandemic

Thomas Schaffner
An April Levada Center poll shows that almost half of Russians expect layoffs within their household in the coming months and almost a third have already had someone in their household recently lose a job.
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Analysis

The Dark Arts of Disinformation Through a Historical Lens

Arthur Martirosyan
Understanding the fantastic past of disinformation is key to deciphering the present, argues Thomas Rid in his pioneering analysis of modern disinformation warfare from a historical perspective.
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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

Stent and Hill on COVID-19 Challenging Putin’s Grip on Power

VOA
Russia experts Angela Stent and Fiona Hill discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the Russian leader as well as on the country's domestic and international positions.
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Analysis

Is Ukraine a Hub for International White Supremacist Fighters?

Huseyn Aliyev
Has Ukraine become a training hub for white supremacists on either side of the conflict?
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Analysis

Kto-Kogo: Putin vs. COVID-19

Thomas Graham
Some believe the pandemic and the oil price collapse will erode the Russian president's power or end his presidency. But with the skill he has shown, and the luck that has favored him for 20 years, he could emerge from this crisis even stronger.
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Blog

Poll: Majority of Young Russians Distrust NATO, Don’t Consider Russia a European Country

Thomas Schaffner and Angelina Flood
A recent survey conducted by Russia’s independent Levada Center and Germany’s Friedrich Ebert Foundation sheds light on the political views of Russia's "Generation Z."
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Analysis

Russia’s Health Care System, Demographics Present Unique Advantages, Disadvantages in Fighting COVID-19

Alexandra Vacroux
A recent history of fighting tuberculosis may give Russia an edge in combating the coronavirus, but an imperfectly reformed health system and a legacy of inadequate and unevenly distributed medical facilities may hinder it.
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Blog

US-Russia Deconflicting 75 Years Ago: Flares and Friendly Fire at the Elbe

Simon Saradzhyan
This month 75 years ago, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River in Germany at the end of World War II, a meeting that featured some deliberate flouting of military orders that led to friendly fire.
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Blog

Most Russians Believe Problem of Sexual Harassment Exaggerated or Not a Problem

RM Staff
Levada Center polls show that more than half of Russian men and women don't see sexual harassment as a serious problem, and a growing number of Russians take a skeptical view of behavior that could be considered sexual harassment.
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