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Kremlin narratives on Crimea resurface in German election debate (Commentary)

Andreas Umland - 19 September 2017

For the future of Ukraine, what Germany thinks and does really matters.

Why Stalin’s popularity doesn’t have to be as terrifying as it seems (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 29 June 2017

Stalin's increasing popularity in Russia is worrying, but its importance should not be exaggerated.

Tangled up in lucre (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 12 June 2017

How the Russian authorities are weaponising ‘financial sloppiness’ to crack down on dissidents

Why Putin won’t get tough on Kadyrov (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 25 April 2017

The persecution of gay people in Chechnya may point to a profound weakness in the Kremlin’s power in the republic.

Armenian elections: The prelude to a pivotal political transition (Commentary)

Richard Giragosian - 30 March 2017

This election heralds a structural transformation in Armenian politics, from a semi-presidential system to a parliamentary form of government.

Russia protests: this time it is different (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 29 March 2017

If we consider their potential for long-term impact, Navalny's protests differ in many ways from previous protests in Russia.

Kaliningrad: From boomtown to battle-station (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 27 March 2017

The deployment of Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad has raised fears in Europe that the territory is becoming Russia's key battle-station.

Donbas: Beyond war (Commentary)

Vladimir Rafeyenko - 20 March 2017

Beyond the headlines, what is the human cost of the war in the Donbas? 

How to put Crimea back on the European agenda (Commentary)

Ridvan Bari Urcosta - 16 March 2017

Three years since annexation, Crimea remains in limbo and there are few diplomatic initiatives for its return to Ukraine. Can a working group of committed parties put Crimea back on Europe's agenda?