Russia

  • Putin’s Return and NATO-Russia Relations: Back to the Future

    Shocking no one, Vladimir Putin will return to the Russian presidency following Sunday’s election. While it remains to be seen how the people who already took to the streets after the Duma elections respond to his return to the Kremlin, there is little doubt that Russia is entering uncharted waters of domestic uncertainty and possible domestic turmoil.
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  • Big Weekend for the Big Brothers

    This has been a big weekend for the big brothers. Vladimir Putin somehow managed to get himself ‘re-elected’ as Russian president. (He should next time try to become EU President as the system is by and large the same.)
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  • Ukraine, Like Russia, Is Becoming a ‘Virtual Mafia State’

    Yuriy Lutsenko, former Interior Minister in two governments led by Yulia Tymoshenko, was sentenced this week to four years imprisonment and given a three years ban from public office.
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  • Putin Has Already Won. What Will He Do Now?

    Vladimir Putin has already won next week's presidential election. He is the only viable candidate in a field of Kremlin approved have-beens and sell-outs; considerable administrative resources have been marshaled to secure his first-round victory; and he retains popularity measurably greater than that of his affiliated party. His actions following this long-expected victory will signal a lot about his plans for his next term, his beliefs about Russia's protest movement, and the course Russia is likely to take over the next few years.
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  • Living With Putin Redux

    Vladimir Putin on battlecruiser, 2005

    Few people think that the upcoming Russian presidential election will result in anything other than Vladimir Putin’s restoration to the Kremlin. No credible opposition figure exists – or can be allowed to exist given the logic of the Russian system. Putin may not get the 51per cent required for a first round win, but victory in the second seems assured, even if it requires the rule fudging that will happen anyway.


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  • Putin's Campaign

    Shaken by the largest wave of protests since 1991, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has stepped up his campaign for a third presidential term as the March 4 elections draw near.
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  • Managing US-Russian Relations During the Year of Political Transitions: A Perspective from Moscow

    Managing US-Russian Relations During the Year of Political Transitions: A Perspective from Moscow

    On January 27, the Atlantic Council held an off-the-record discussion on developments in Russia and in US-Russian relations with Dr. Sergey Rogov, the director for the Institute for US and Canadian Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Ambassador Richard Burt, Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates and member of the Atlantic Council's Board of Directors, participated in the discussion, which was moderated by Dr. Harlan Ullman, Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council and a member of its Strategic Advisors Group.


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  • What's Next for Russia and Putin?

    On December 10, the largest demonstrations since 1991 shook at least 15 cities in Russia. In Moscow, tens of thousands took to the streets, protesting the fraudulent parliamentary elections on December 4.
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  • Unfinished Business

    In September 1991, President George H.W. Bush announced a series of sweeping measures fundamentally reshaping the American nuclear arsenal. One of them called for all U.S. ground-force tactical nuclear weapons to be returned from overseas bases and dismantled.
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  • Reset or No Reset? - This Was Never the Question!

    After a considerably long break from condemning the U.S. missile defense system, Moscow decided to recently remind Washington of its dissatisfaction with the program.
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