Kremlinologists debate whether Putin favors a return to “tandemocracy.” (If so, is Medvedev still a contender?) And Russia’s new PM is one of its most effective technocrats, winning accolades as tax chief. This and more in our latest analysis digest.
Russia's political leaders deny the existence of a supposedly new plan to use limited nuclear strikes in a local/regional conflict to shock an adversary into suing for peace. Has the U.S. misunderstood Russian intentions and plans?
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Putin Signals Intention to Continue Steering Russia Beyond 2024, but Will He Solve Country’s Structural Problems?
Whatever new title he chooses in 2024, Putin will need to address Russia's structural socio-economic problems or continue to confront the reality that Russia remains too far behind the U.S. and China economically and demographically to be a true peer...
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Putin Predictions of Yore: What the Pundits Thought 20 Years Ago
Twenty years ago this month, resigning Russian President Boris Yeltsin tapped Vladimir Putin, still relatively unknown outside of Russia, to be his successor. Westerners were left with one question: “Who is Mr. Putin?”
From Interventions Abroad to Spacecraft Blessings at Home: RM's Most Read of 2019
From the costs and benefits of Russia's intervention in Ukraine and the lessons of the Soviet Union's intervention in Afghanistan, to the pitfalls of Russia's national projects and the likelihood (or not) of a military alliance between Russia and Chi...
Russia’s Stock Market Rallies But Still Not a Source of Long-Term Capital
Russia’s stock market has been described as one of the best performing in the world this year, but the factors driving the uptick won’t fix the economy’s main problem: business people’s lack of confidence in the system.
Alternative History: Would Russia in NATO and EU Be Game Changer in West’s Rivalry With China?
Quantitative measurements show that while Russia’s decision to align with the West rather than with China might not have been a game changer, it would have diminished the latter’s might vis-à-vis the West.