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Putin Shakes Up Russian Media Landscape

Dec 11, 2013
Kennan Institute's Deputy Director, William Pomeranz, is interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about Russia's surprise closure of RIA Novosti.

Calm Down About Ukraine

Dec 06, 2013
"The bigger problem with lamentations about “who lost Ukraine” is that they offer no useful assessment of why Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich actually decided to walk away from the table, while painting the future with a hopelessly broad brush, and sidestepping the most urgently important question—what to do next," writes Matthew Rojansky in The National Interest.

Who Needs European Integration in Ukraine?

Dec 04, 2013
The West has yet another opportunity to learn more about Ukraine. Although it’s not under the best circumstances, we hope that someday the opportunities will change in their quality, not just increase in quantity, and the word “Ukraine” will evoke, in the minds of EU citizens, something specific and positive rather than vague and negative.

Russia: Where Has All the Money Gone?

Nov 25, 2013
Forbes dubbed Russian President Vladimir Putin the most powerful man in the world. Yet all these successes obscure a basic fact: Russia is running out of money, writes William Pomeranz.
By Александр Корчик

The Last Year for Russian Academia?

Nov 04, 2013
Over the last two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the potential of education and scholarship in Russia has slowly but steadily declined. On the one hand, despite all of the difficulties these spheres have faced, they have proven to be particularly resilient. With their built-up workforce capacity and asceticism (or inability to "adapt to market conditions"), thousands of scholars and teachers have not allowed the education system to fail, despite the reduction in state funding.

Russia's Fading Judiciary

Oct 28, 2013
"The suspended sentence handed down to the anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny has once again placed an unflattering spotlight on Russia’s legal system. Navalny himself recognized that the verdict was not a result of the judge’s private deliberations but a gesture of lenience mandated from above," writes Will Pomeranz in The National Interest.

Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholarships

Oct 21, 2013
Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholarships have been suspended until further notice.

Sergei Kiselev

Sep 27, 2013
Sergei Kiselev, Political Analyst from Yaroslavl, and former Kennan Institute conference participant, describes in detail how in the context of rising political competition, the 2013 elections deviated from the power hierarchy script in the largest Russian cities (Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and Krasnoyarsk), while the regions stuck to it. In the regions, this included clearing the electoral playing field, mass acceptance of spoiler candidates and technological gimmicks, and the erosion of the protest vote.

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