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…

The Paradox of Russia’s Support for Trump

The Paradox of Russia’s Support for Trump

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 On the face of it, Russia is one of the few countries in the world that would have welcomed a triumph of Donald Trump, the U.S. president-elect. But the day of Russia’s first reactions to the news…

Russia Substitutes Politicized History for Politics

Russia Substitutes Politicized History for Politics

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 Last Saturday some of my friends had to line up for four to five hours to take part in this year’s remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Soviet terror. Initiated by the activist group Memorial, the…

The Russian Question in St. Louis: “Why Did Hillary Go to This Debate?”

The Russian Question in St. Louis: “Why Did Hillary Go to This Debate?”

Sergey Parkhomenko

Sergey Parkhomenko

Sergey Parkhomenko is Russian journalist, publisher, and editorialist, founder of several projects aimed at developing civic activism and promoting liberal values in Russia. Former political reporter, commentator andat popular daily newspapers; founder and first editor-in-chief (1995-2001) of 'Itogi', Russia's first current affairs weekly, published in cooperation with Newsweek; editor-in-chiefof several publishing houses producing translated fiction andnon-fiction literature; editor-in-chief of 'Vokrug Sveta', Russia's oldestmonthly magazine. Since August 2003 Parkhomenko has been presenting 'Sut' Sobytyi' ('Crux of the Matter') on Radio Echo of Moscow, a weekly programme making sense of the events of the past week. Parkhomenko was instrumental in organizing mass rallies in Moscow in Winter 2011 – Spring 2012. He organized the 'Vse v sud!' ('Go to court!') a civic campaign helping people to file lawsuits against widespread election rigging. One of the founders of 'Dissernet' ('DissertationWeb'),a network community dedicated to exposure of dissertation plagiarism, and “Posledny Adres” ("Last Address") civil campaign helping people to create a collective memorial dedicated to the victims of political repression in the Soviet Union and Russia.
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By Sergey Parkhomenko Читать по русски In a Facebook post last week I bragged that I’d likely be traveling to St. Louis to see with my own eyes the second round of presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.…

Русский вопрос в Сент-Луисе: «зачем Хиллари пошла на эти дебаты?»

Русский вопрос в Сент-Луисе: «зачем Хиллари пошла на эти дебаты?»

Sergey Parkhomenko

Sergey Parkhomenko

Sergey Parkhomenko is Russian journalist, publisher, and editorialist, founder of several projects aimed at developing civic activism and promoting liberal values in Russia. Former political reporter, commentator andat popular daily newspapers; founder and first editor-in-chief (1995-2001) of 'Itogi', Russia's first current affairs weekly, published in cooperation with Newsweek; editor-in-chiefof several publishing houses producing translated fiction andnon-fiction literature; editor-in-chief of 'Vokrug Sveta', Russia's oldestmonthly magazine. Since August 2003 Parkhomenko has been presenting 'Sut' Sobytyi' ('Crux of the Matter') on Radio Echo of Moscow, a weekly programme making sense of the events of the past week. Parkhomenko was instrumental in organizing mass rallies in Moscow in Winter 2011 – Spring 2012. He organized the 'Vse v sud!' ('Go to court!') a civic campaign helping people to file lawsuits against widespread election rigging. One of the founders of 'Dissernet' ('DissertationWeb'),a network community dedicated to exposure of dissertation plagiarism, and “Posledny Adres” ("Last Address") civil campaign helping people to create a collective memorial dedicated to the victims of political repression in the Soviet Union and Russia.
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СЕРГЕЙ ПАРХОМЕНКО Read in English Когда в конце минувшей недели я похвастался в своем фейсбуке, что мне, вероятно, предстоит полететь в Сент-Луис, где пройдет второй раунд дебатов между Хиллари Клинтон и Дональдом Трампом, и там присутствовать непосредственно «на поле сражения»,…

Our Domestic Political Quandary on Russia

Our Domestic Political Quandary on Russia

E. Wayne Merry

E. Wayne Merry

Senior Fellow for Europe & Eurasia at American Foreign Policy Council
E. Wayne Merry is Senior Fellow for Europe and Eurasia at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. He is widely published and a frequent speaker on topics relating to Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Balkans, European security and trans-Atlantic relations. In twenty-six years in the United States Foreign Service, he worked as a diplomat and political analyst specializing in Soviet and post-Soviet political issues, including six years at the American Embassy in Moscow, where he was in charge of political analysis on the breakup of the Soviet Union and the early years of post-Soviet Russia.He also served at the embassies in Tunis, East Berlin, and Athens and at the US Mission to the United Nations in New York.In Washington he served in the Treasury, State, and Defense Departments.In the Pentagon he was Regional Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia during the mid-Nineties.He also served at the Headquarters of the US Marine Corps and on Capitol Hill with the staff of the US Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He was later a program director at the Atlantic Council of the United States.He studied economics and political science at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), has an MPA from Princeton University’s Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and studied at the U.S. Army Russian Institute (Garmisch-Partenkirchen).A native Oklahoman, he lives in Virginia.
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By Wayne Merry Among the casualties of American presidential politics is the prospect of improved relations with Russia. The absence of basic civility – on both sides – in the public rhetoric between Washington and Moscow mirrors the political vitriol…

Ya Heart Vladimir: A Visit to the Regions

Ya Heart Vladimir: A Visit to the Regions

Liz Malinkin

Liz Malinkin

Mary Elizabeth Malinkin is a Program Associate at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center (2007-present). After graduating from Carleton College with a B.A. in history, she lived in Vladimir, Russia for two years and studied Russian language, literature, history, and politics at Vladimir State Pedagogical University. Ms. Malinkin received an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Michigan after writing her thesis on ethnic minorities in the Moscow workforce. Her current research focuses on migration issues in Russia and Eurasia and her articles have appeared in Kennan Institute publications as well as The National Interest. She has participated in a US-Russia working group on migration, and in 2014 received an Advanced Practitioner Fellowship as part of the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange.
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By Mary Elizabeth Malinkin Giant, Cyrillic block letters spelling “Ya Heart Vladimir” (“I Love Vladimir”) now illuminate Cathedral Square in downtown Vladimir, Russia. The cheery, familiar slogan brought a smile to my face – da, ya lyublyu Vladimir. In early…

The Russian Opposition Should Do Its Work

The Russian Opposition Should Do Its Work

Vladislav Inozemtsev

Vladislav Inozemtsev

Vladislav Inozemtsev is a Russian economist. He is the director and founder of the Center for Post-Industrial Studies in Moscow, a nonprofit institution that specializes in organizing conferences on global economic issues and publishing books. Inozemtsev is a member of the Academic Board of the Russian International Affairs Council; a visiting fellow at CSIS and the Atlantic Council, Washington D.C.; visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. He has also taught at various universities, including MGIMO (the University of International Relations) and at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. From 2002 to 2009, he was head of the Scientific Advisory Board of the journal Russia in Global Affairs. Dr. Inozemtsev is the author of 15 monographs, 4 of which have been translated into English, and over 2000 articles in print media and academic journals published in Russia, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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By Vladislav Inozemtsev A landslide United Russia victory and a remarkably poor showing of the opposition forces in Russia’s parliamentary elections earlier this week shouldn’t be attributed entirely to rigged electoral rules or fraud. There is another, different lesson to…