Russia

  • Russia's Privileged Sphere of Influence

    Late last week, about 1,800 additional Russian troops poured into the already heavily occupied Georgian territories of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and the Akhalgori District.


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  • NATO Expels Russian Diplomats on Espionage Charges

     The expulsion of two Russian diplomats from the nation’s mission to NATO will surely put a damper in recent attempts to thaw relations.  Yesterday’s confirmation of the action comes only one day after the first resumption of formal talks between NATO and Russian representatives since last summer’s war with Georgia.  The talks were meant to ease tensions, but, so far, have only proved to escalate them.


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  • NATO and Russia Resume Formal Relations

    NATO and Russia today resumed formal relations, which were broken off in the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Georgia.


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  • Russian Tanks Near Tblisi

    Russian troops are a mere "25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Georgian capital, in violation of the European Union-brokered cease-fire that ended last year's brief war," Lynn Berry reports for AP.  All indications are that Moscow is increasing pressure on President Mikheil Saakashvili amidst a protest movement.


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  • Russia Ends Chechnya Campaign

    Russia has finally declared an end to its decade-long anti-terrorism campaign in Chechnya, leaving more power in the hands of the republic's President Ramzan Kadyrov.  Yet the decision, while perhaps symbolic, does not mean Chechnya's troubles are over.


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  • Medvedev Pluralism Push: Perestroika II or Good Cop, Bad Cop?

    Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has launched a rhetorical campaign pushing for more openness in his country's politics.  Some analysts see this as an attempt to establish a distinct alternative with Vladimir Putin while others are more skeptical.


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  • Russia: Cancel NATO Exercise with Georgia

    Russian is urging NATO to cancel military exercises with Georgia planned for next month. A current round of demonstrations against Mikheil Saakashvili has only further increased tensions in the region, he noted.


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  • Georgian Protests: A Threat to US-Russia Relations?

    Tbilisi has been overrun by tens of thousands of protestors. An estimated 60,000 people have turned up outside of Georgia’s parliament to rally against President Mikhail Saakashvili, blaming him for the 2008 disastrous conflict with Russia and continuing economic recession, as well as accusing him of stifling democracy.


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  • Hedging Our Relations with Russia

    The recent spate of activity in U.S.-Russian relations is fundamentally about the whether the United States ought to be hedging against future Russian hostility. 


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  • Obama's Russia Reset - Don't Forget About Congress

    Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev had a cordial meeting last week. No major breakthroughs occurred, but both men indicated that they could do business together. That’s not going to be enough.


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