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Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

Royal Role Models: Historical Revisionism in Russia and Turkey

Like his counterpart in Russia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is looking...

The Royal Role Model: Historical Revisionism in Russia

An anomalous facet of Russia’s authoritarian political system is that presidential elections...

Controversial Prisoner Exchange Throws Abkhazian Leadership into Crisis

Abkhazia's release of a Georgian prisoner has resulted in large-scale protests in...

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

Crimea is becoming a growing financial burden for the Russian government. Under...

What does Kazakhstan’s new military doctrine reveal about its relations with Russia?

Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing...

Kazakhstan: Is New Military Doctrine Response to Russia or the West?

In late September, Kazakhstan adopted its fifth military doctrine....

Full Steam Ahead: Long-Awaited Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Opens

The launch of a new railway in the South Caucasus has the...

Kazakhstan Worries About Catalonia, Thinks About Home

Kazakhstan’s government engaged in some not-so-subtle signaling over the weekend by issuing...

What Is to Be Done About the ‘Russian Question?’

The October Revolution of 1917 was not a singular event, but five...

Turkey: Erdoğan Negotiates Release of Crimean Tatar Leaders Imprisoned By Russia

Russia has freed two imprisoned Crimean Tatar leaders after Turkish President Recep...

Tracing the Roots of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare Tactics

Russia popularized the concept of “hybrid warfare” starting with its 2014 annexation...

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

There are echoes of Soviet times in the way Russia has been...

Evaluating the Risks Posed by Russia’s Nuclear Upgrade

In recently staged exercises, dubbed Zapad, Russian armed forces displayed a robust...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

Ukraine is trying to fight back against Russian influence with a new...

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

As Ukraine’s recent economic difficulties persist—the country registered a modest growth rate...

Georgia, Azerbaijan Sceptical about Yandex-Uber Rides

Choosing a cab has become an increasingly geopolitically tricky decision in the...

Turkey’s Black Sea Policy: Navigating Between Russia and the West

“[Istanbul] holds an absolute dominion over the Black Sea. By one door...

Punitive Psychiatry Reemerges in Post-Soviet States

Last summer, Crimean Tatar political activist Ilmi Umerov was receiving treatment for...

Crimea: Circumventing Trade Sanctions via Novorossiysk

Despite trade sanctions, Crimea is maintaining connections to international markets. Crimean traders...

Azerbaijan: A Reset with the EU?

Azerbaijan is pursuing a new agreement with the European Union focused on...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

Established in 1997, GUAM—a platform named after its members Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,...

Putin Pop: A Guide to Russia’s Most Patriotic Music Genre

A music critic once argued that Vladimir Putin-inspired songs are the worst...

Russian Librarian Found Guilty For Keeping Ukrainian Books

As Russia’s war with Ukraine stretches into a third year, the Kremlin...

Is GUAM Making a Comeback?

With its first high-level meeting since 2008, the GUAM group of nations...

Russia: Confessions of a (Former) State TV Reporter

After working for Kremlin TV, a Russian reporter explains how the state...

Washington’s Tool Box Is Empty When It Comes to Russia & Iran

A piece in the Wall Street Journal not too long ago indicated...

Kazakhstan: Russian Provocateur’s Visit Causes Outrage

The recent visit to Kazakhstan by a notoriously provocative and pro-government TV...

U.S. and Romania Practice Storming Black Sea Shores

The United States and Romanian navies practiced storming the beaches of the...

Central Asia’s Remittances: Take Two

An earlier version of this story offered a regrettably inaccurate snapshot of...

Protests Erupt in South Ossetia as Former President Blocked from Running Again

Upcoming elections for the presidency of South Ossetia have been thrown into...

Ukraine: Are We Seeing a Lull Before the Russian Storm?

Western media may not be paying much attention now to Ukraine, but...

Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV

Belarus may lose the only TV channel that dares to criticize its...

Belarus: Is Showdown Looming in Minsk?

A mass rally against a tax on unemployment is scheduled to take...

Crimea Struggles to Attract Private Investment

Crimea is proving toxic for private investors. On paper, capital expenditure has...

Georgia Offers NATO to Build a Black Sea Base at Poti

When NATO officials announced last month that they were planning to increase...

Moldova and Ukraine: Diverging Neighbors?

To a casual observer, Moldova and Ukraine appear quite similar with their...

Kazakhstan: Memories of the Chechen Exodus Don’t Fade

Polina Ibrayeva is now a frail old lady with sparkling brown eyes....

Kazakhstan: Reimagining the Past Through Art

Imperious khans and assorted dignitaries gaze into the distance. Meanwhile, fierce battles...

U.S. Says Russia Buzzed its Warship in Black Sea

Russian planes buzzed a United States warship in the Black Sea as...

Russians Still Waiting for Trump Thaw as NATO Resumes Exercises in Black Sea

NATO is conducting some of its biggest naval exercises ever in the...

Russia Wobbles in Support of Kazakhstan’s Territorial Integrity

The have been some rumblings of irritation in Kazakhstan over reports that...

Russia: Migration Helping to 'Russify' Crimea

A sudden and sizable demographic shift, driven mainly by migration, is helping...

Can the Caucasus Grab Donald Trump’s Attention?

Pink protest hats were not the only piece of clothing to mark...

Bucking Trump, His Cabinet Promises Hard Line on Russia

President-elect Donald Trump's nominees for his top foreign policy, defense, and intelligence...

Team Trump on Russia: Words and Actions

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has picked his Cabinet members and advisors. Here...

Would South Ossetia, By Any Other Name, Be So Contentious?

The authorities in South Ossetia want to change the name of their...

Russia: Will Trump Become the Kremlin’s “Icebreaker”?

Be careful of what you wish for; it might come true. This...

Hackers Release More E-Mails They Say Tie Putin Aide to Ukraine Crisis

KYIV -- Ukrainian hackers claim to have broken into a second e-mail...

Ukraine: Young Entrepreneurs Taking Matters into Their Own Hands

While the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and the broader Russia-West standoff...

NATO Agrees to Expand Naval, Air Patrols in Black Sea

NATO has agreed to come up with a "coordination body" to manage...

Kasparov Says Confrontation With West Putin's 'No. 1 Goal'

Kremlin foe Garry Kasparov says President Vladimir Putin is resorting to "external...

Russia's Friends Form New 'Cossack Army' in Balkans

BUDVA, Montenegro -- When the commander of the newly created "Balkan Cossack...

Russian Whistle-Blower Pulls Back Cover on Railways Corruption

When the head of Russia's state-owned railroad monopoly was abruptly dismissed last...

Russia Claims "Mastery" Over Turkey in Black Sea

Russia's top military officer has said that the country's Black Sea fleet...

Ukraine: Tech Sector Looks to Move Beyond Outsourcing

Ukraine has long been known as an outsourcing center because of its...

Ukraine and Georgia: Two Rabbits, One Misha

There is an old Ukrainian saying – if you chase two rabbits,...

What Putin Didn't Get In Hangzhou

One of the most significant things about the G20 summit was something...

U.S., Bulgaria to Start Joint NATO Air Patrols

The United States and Bulgaria will conduct joint air patrols for the...

Guns of August: Fears of Full-Scale War Return as Casualties Mount in Ukraine

Maryinka, Ukraine -- Framed by a tiny cutout in the fortified bunker,...

Google Maps Reverts to Soviet-Era Place Names in Russia-Annexed Crimea

U.S. tech giant Google has reinstated existing Soviet-era place names on online...

Bulgaria Accuses Russia of Airspace "Provocation"

Bulgaria has joined the long list of Russia's neighbors who have accused...

Commentary: Hybrid Business -- The Risks in the Kremlin's Weaponization of the Economy

"How many divisions does the pope have?" Josef Stalin was meant to...

With New Deployment, Russia Aims at Air Dominance over Black Sea

Russia has announced the deployment of more advanced air defense systems to...

Georgian NATO Cooperation Laid Low By Chicken Pox

Georgia has had to drop out of large-scale NATO military exercises because...

Chafing at Sanctions, Moscow Pokes and Pries at EU Unity

Standing before a classical Greek frieze at a press conference in Athens...

The Unraveling of Moscow's 'Novorossia' Dream

The Kremlin’s project to create “Novorossia” in southern and eastern Ukraine and...

Turkey, Russia: Ties Worsen Over Downed Turkish Helicopter

Kurdish rebels’ “game-changing” downing of a Turkish attack helicopter with a Russian-made...

Georgia: A “Family” Gathering Commemorates an Anti-Gay Riot

An anti-LGBTQ conference provides ecumenical and political unity among American, Georgian and...

An 85-Year-Old Pensioner Is Russia's Most Unlikely Dissident

The agents from Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) wanted to know who...

Russian Court Bans Crimean Tatar Executive Council as Extremist

A Russian-run court in the annexed Crimean Peninsula has branded the executive...

Freedom House: Economic Troubles Threaten Stability in Ex-Soviet 'Dictatorships'

In a new report, Freedom House warns that economic woes are threatening...

Frozen Conflicts Undermine Nuclear Security

The renewal of armed conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the...

From Crimea to Abkhazia: Separatist Cruises

Separatist Abkhazia wants to have a boat link to no less separatist...

Russian Officials Fault the West Over Brussels Blasts

MOSCOW -- The death toll was still mounting in the Brussels bombings...

Russia Celebrates Crimea Grab, Critics Denounce 'Climate of Fear'

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the seizure of Crimea from...

Russia: The Absent Activists

Silicon Valley’s extraordinarily wealthy and powerful companies, which have advocated forcefully for...

Poroshenko Orders Ukrainian Military Focus On Crimea, Black Sea

Ukraine is planning a "substantial enhancement" of its military position around the...

French Far-Right Party Linked to Kremlin – Newspaper Report

France’s National Front, a far-right party headed by Marine Le Pen, reportedly...

News Analysis: Putin Pulls Levers as Russian Patriarch, PM Head Abroad

With the Russian patriarch and prime minister both holding big meetings abroad,...

Russia: Raising a Red Flag About Imperial Overreach

Part 1   Some experts in Russia are cautioning that the Kremlin’s...

As Consumer Debt Rises in Russia, Collectors Get Violent

MOSCOW -- Sergei has watched in horror as Russian television has been...

British Inquiry Implicates Russia, Putin in Death of Ex-Agent Litvinenko

A British inquiry has concluded that the Russian government was behind the...

Romania Pushing For Permanent NATO Presence In Black Sea

Romania is pressing NATO to create a regular Black Sea flotilla in...

The End of Russia's Mass Hallucination

Fresh barbed-wire fencing around the nation's main TV tower isn't exactly a...

Russia-Turkey Row Claims Another Victim: Pan-Turkic Song Contest

A Kyrgyz in a Mongol warrior princess getup won the Turkvision song...

The Kremlin Diet: Are Food Bans an Effective Foreign Policy Tool?

The Kremlin believes that a carrot can be used as a stick...

Finding the Next Flashpoint in US-Russian Relations

Since the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, US-Russian relations repeatedly have been...

Russia’s Foreign Food Policy Takes Aim at Turkey

Every time Russia is miffed with its neighbors, it goes on a...

Kazakhstan Treads Diplomatic Tightrope In Turkey-Russia Row

Kazakhstan has issued a diplomatic call for restraint from its allies Russia...

Turkish Shootdown Of Russian Jet Highlights Ankara's Turkic Sympathies

Turkey has shot down a Russian warplane that crossed into its airspace...

Kazakhstan: Man Jailed Over Separatism Sensitivities

A man has been jailed on charges of promoting separatism in Kazakhstan...

Assessing US-Russian Relations Post-Paris

It would be prudent in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks...

EU Mulls Direct Talks With Russian-Led Economic Bloc, Angering Some EU Members

EU diplomats, expecting rocky times ahead in their immediate dealings with Russia,...

Russia and the EU: The Tale of Two Empires

The differing, imperial-like natures of Russia and the European Union are going...

Russian Applications for U.S. Asylum Skyrocket in 2015

The number of new U.S. asylum applications by Russians has reached its...