Articles on Russia

Two decades of Putin (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 09 August 2019

Two decades on from his ascent to power, Putin cuts a lonely figure in a political desert

Chernobyl on ice: Russia’s new floating nuclear plant (Commentary)

Oscar Voss - 02 August 2019

Questionable assumptions underpin Russia’s latest move to open up its Arctic territory – and attract in European and Chinese business.

Inside Sevastopol: The maverick city fights back (Commentary)

Ridvan Bari Urcosta - 30 July 2019

The most pro-Russian part of Crimea is also the greatest source of headaches for Moscow. Will the Kremlin succeed in extending its writ there?

Unhappy anniversary: Turkey’s failed coup and the S-400 (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 17 July 2019

More than anything, the S-400 saga reflects the emergence of Erdogan’s “New Turkey”. This New Turkey wants to see itself as an emerging global power.

Too normal? Georgia, democracy, and the ‘Gavrilov crisis’ (Commentary)

Tornike Sharashenidze - 02 July 2019

The sight of a Russian Communist presiding in their parliament has shocked Georgians into demanding greater democracy and circumspection towards Moscow.

Zelenskiy in Donbas (Commentary)

Jana Kobzova - 11 June 2019

Volodymyr Zelenskiy needs to invest resources and display openess towards the Donbas region's residents. 

In search of “business not as usual” with Russia (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 29 May 2019

Europe needs to start reconceptualising its relationship with Russia. Here’s how it can do this

Crimea: Russia’s newest Potemkin Village (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson & Ridvan Bari Urcosta - 30 April 2019

Grand projects funded by Russia can do little to cover up the lopsided and inadequate economy and infrastructure that Crimeans are now living with

Occupational hazards: The Russian military in Crimea (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 17 April 2019

While its current disposition in Crimea is mainly defensive in nature, Russia's military build-up on the peninsula could soon turn the Black Sea region into a security black hole. 

Europe’s duty to help protect Crimean Tatars (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson & Ridvan Bari Urcosta - 11 April 2019

Crimean Tatars face increasing repression by Russian authorities, but divisions on cooperation with Moscow or Kiev, as well as internal leadership disputes, have hindered a unified response. Europe must advocate for Crimean Tatars' rights despite these challenges.