Articles on Russia

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. 

After Crimea: Does NATO have the means to defend Europe? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 02 April 2019

Military spending may now figure in public conversation about NATO. But the alliance, at 70 years old, still lacks military capabilities strong enough to protect Europe from Russia

A foot in the door? Russia’s International Investment Bank moves to Hungary (Commentary)

András Rácz - 18 March 2019

Budapest's decision to host a revived Soviet-era bank could provide its Russian employees with sweeping diplomatic immunities and hinder action in the event of a security threat. 

Familiarity breeds contempt: Why Russia makes mistakes on the world stage (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 14 March 2019

For all the accepted wisdom to the contrary, Russia is largely failing to achieve its core foreign policy objectives

Europe, Russia, and the laws of nature: Importance of the EP election (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 11 March 2019

The outcome of May's European Parliament elections will inform Moscow's understanding of the EU as a political actor on the global stage - but what message will Europe send? 

Negative energy: Berlin’s Trumpian turn on Nord Stream 2 (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 27 February 2019

Berlin's handling of the controversial Nord Stream 2 project reveals double standards and neglect of the pipeline's security repercussions. 

Russia’s pivot to the east: Where does it leave the EU? (Commentary)

Zachary Paikin - 21 February 2019

As relations between the EU and Russia remain frosty, Moscow has pivoted towards Beijing in search of deeper strategic cooperation. How can Europe re-engage with a Russia increasingly focused on (Eur)asia? 

Can Belarus become a success story of European security? (Commentary)

Yauheni Preiherman - 21 February 2019

Western observers continue to misread Belarus – and to overlook the strengthened diplomatic and security roles it could play in eastern Europe