While low expectations surround the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg, there is one timely matter that resonates with Washington, Moscow, and the entire G20 — the continuing fight against offshore tax havens, writes William Pomeranz.
"I think the real concern is this is a president who does not feel his legacy will be well served by investing more political capital in Russia. That’s worrying to me in the long term,” said Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute, on Andrea Mitchell Reports.
Director of the Kennan Institute Matthew Rojansky discusses the future of U.S.-Russia relations in light of President Obama’s cancelled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as the outcome of Secretaries Kerry and Hagel’s meeting with the Russian envoy.
Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny received his five-year prison sentence last week, to the surprise of no one. After all, the Russian criminal system has a 99 percent conviction rate once a case goes to trial, and it was highly unlikely that a Russian judge would buck the system at this late date.
The Russian Duma approved its much anticipated amnesty for entrepreneurs, seeking to halt the legal onslaught against the Russian business community. But the amnesty comes with considerable strings attached and does not address any of the fundamental legal and institutional deficiencies that created the problem in the first place, writes William Pomeranz.
The Wilson Center today announced that Matthew Rojansky will be Director of the Kennan Institute, which focuses on Russia, Ukraine, and other states in the region.
"It’s been one year since Vladimir Putin’s formal return to the Russian presidency in May 2012. What he originally envisioned as a time to cement his legacy has turned into a much messier period of seeking a new equilibrium," writes William Pomeranz in The National Interest.
The Kennan Institute and the entire Wilson Center community mourns the passing of Kathryn Wasserman Davis on April 23, 2013, at the age of 106.
It turns out that the European Union settlement that left Cyprus’s banking sector in shambles has done Moscow a big favor. Not only did the EU take down a major offshore banking center, it helped President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to return to Russia any money stashed away in offshore bank accounts, writes William Pomeranz in this opinion piece.
Russia is eager to protect large deposits from its citizens and businesses in Cyprus’s banks, but Putin has also made a priority of bringing offshore money back to Russia. In reality, the Cyprus crisis runs not only through Europe but also through Russia, which may yet extract a high price in any final resolution.
Experts & Staff
- Matthew Rojansky // Director, Kennan Institute
- William E. Pomeranz // Deputy Director, Kennan Institute
- F. Joseph Dresen // Program Associate
- Mary Elizabeth Malinkin // Program Associate
- Mattison Brady // Program Assistant
- Blair A. Ruble // Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute