Russia Is a Political Hazard Zone

Russia Is a Political Hazard Zone

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Maxim Trudolyubov

Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Russia has not seen a protest of this size since 2012 or earlier: on March 26, tens of thousands of people went out into the streets to show their indignation at government corruption. Some 1,500 were detained…

Our Man in Washington

Our Man in Washington

Andrey Babitskiy

Andrey Babitskiy

Andrey Babitskiy, an independent journalist, columnist at Vedomosti Daily and contributor to the opinion platform InLiberty, has been covering Russian economy, politics and the country's tech industry for the past 10 years. He has served as deputy editor-in-chief at Esquire magazine and headed opinion pages at Forbes Russia.
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BY ANDREY BABITSKIY There is a fashionable line of thought that has Russia pulling the strings in major democracies on both sides of the Atlantic. FBI director James Comey recently confirmed an ongoing investigation into Russian alleged interference in the…

Why Putin Will Be Skipping the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Why Putin Will Be Skipping the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

William Pomeranz

William Pomeranz

Deputy Director at Kennan Institute
William Pomeranz is the Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.In addition, Dr. Pomeranz teaches Russian law at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University.

Dr. Pomeranz holds a B.A. from Haverford College, a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh, a J.D. cum laude from American University, and a Ph.D. in Russian History from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.Prior to joining the Kennan Institute, Dr. Pomeranz practiced international law in the United States and Moscow, Russia.He advised clients on investment in the Russian Federation as well as on U.S. anti-money laundering requirements, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.S. export controls, and homeland security.He also served as Program Officer for Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus at the National Endowment for Democracy from 1992-1999, where he evaluated grant applications and implemented projects in such areas as: the rule of law, pro-market reforms, human rights, the environment, independent media, civic education, and the development of independent trade unions.

Dr. Pomeranz heads up the Kennan Institute’s rule of law program, which has conducted major conferences on the Russian Constitution, separation of powers in Russia and Ukraine, the Jackson-Vanik amendment, and the influence of the European Court of Human Rights on Russian law.His research interests include Russian legal history as well as current Russian commercial and constitutional law.He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the emergence and development of the pre-revolutionary Russian legal profession (the advokatura).He also has written extensively on post-Soviet legal developments, including Russian foreign investment laws, judicial review, federalism, and corruption.His articles have been published in the Russian Review, Slavonic and East European Review, Review of Central and East European Law, Demokratizatsiya, American University International Law Review, Human Rights Brief, Russian Analytical Digest, and Problems of Post-Communism.
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BY WILLIAM POMERANZ In 2016, 75 years after the start of World War II, President Vladimir Putin proudly participated in Victory Day commemorations, poignantly holding a picture of his father during the “immortal regiments” march.  And yet an even more…

The Art of Being a Problem

The Art of Being a Problem

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Maxim Trudolyubov

Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Preparation for a U.S.-Russia summit that could happen before the G20 meeting in July is in full swing, Russia’s state-run media report. Even a venue has been discussed: Putin himself had said that his first meeting with…

Russia and China: A Strange Case of Convergence

Russia and China: A Strange Case of Convergence

Chris Miller

Chris Miller

Associate Director, Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University
Chris Miller is associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. His book The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR was published in 2016.
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BY CHRIS MILLER After every meeting between Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin, the two sides issue warm statements and stress their growing cooperation. Especially since the war in Ukraine began in 2014, Russia has tacked ever…

Russia, the Catalyst of Change

Russia, the Catalyst of Change

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Maxim Trudolyubov

Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Regardless of what one can prove in the complicated story of Russian hackers meddling in the institutions of the United States, there is still a story to tell about Russian influence on the West. It has little…

No Beacon on the Hill

No Beacon on the Hill

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Maxim Trudolyubov

Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Western mainstream media and centrist politicians are losing influence, the old left-right divide is in decline, the ranks of the critics of some decades-old policies and institutions of the West are swelling. Moscow has started wars, initiated…

From Post-Soviet to Neo-Soviet

From Post-Soviet to Neo-Soviet

Edward C. Holland

Edward C. Holland

Edward C. Holland is Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas. His research interests range across a variety of topics, including political violence, religion, and critical geopolitics, and are generally focused on the Russian Federation. He has recently published on these topics in Problems of Post-Communism, Europe-Asia Studies, and forthcoming in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. He was lead editor on Questioning Post-Soviet, published by the Kennan Institute to mark the 25th anniversary of the USSR's breakup.
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BY EDWARD C. HOLLAND In a series of polls conducted at various points over the past 25 years, the Levada Center has asked Russians about their nostalgia for the Soviet state and the reasons for its breakup. In the most…

Be Careful What You Wish For, Mr. Putin

Be Careful What You Wish For, Mr. Putin

Stephen Crowley

Stephen Crowley

Stephen Crowley is a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Professor of Politics at Oberlin College, where he is Chair of the programs in Russian & East European Studies, and Peace & Conflict Studies. He has written widely on labor politics and labor protest in Russia and Eastern Europe, including in the Donbass region of Ukraine. He is currently writing a book on labor politics in Putin’s Russia.
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Without the US to blame, Putin must face the sad state of Russia’s economy BY STEPHEN CROWLEY The stormy debate over the Russian computer hacks, the complicity of the Kremlin, and whether they threw the election for Trump will continue…

Three Men in a Forest: Shushkevich Remembers the Meeting that Ended the Soviet Union

Three Men in a Forest: Shushkevich Remembers the Meeting that Ended the Soviet Union

BY ARKADY DUBNOV По-русски “The USSR, as a subject of international law and a geopolitical reality, is ceasing to exist,” was the language of the agreement signed in the Belarusian woods 25 years ago. The document, at the time accepted with…