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Putin’s meddling in US elections backfiring on his own allies at home and on Americans who helped them, Shevtsova says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia The Kremlin’s effort to affect the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections has provoked one consequence Moscow has long wanted – the demoralization of the American elite – but it is having other less welcome ones on both that elite and the Russian one, something only becoming clear, Liliya Shevtsova says. The American investigation into Russia’s involvement is rapidly spreading from a focus

Moscow Can’t Close Ukrainian Language Schools in Russia Because There aren’t Any

Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia A major reason that Moscow has to struggle to find symmetrical responses to anything other countries do is because it lacks many of the institutions that they have but that Russia does not, ranging from media environments open to almost anyone to schools in the languages of many minorities. Consequently, the Kremlin is forced to identify “asymmetrical” replies that often put it even more at

The Russian subversion of the defense system of Bulgaria – an enabler for “state capture”

By Mihail Naydenov, for Bulgaria Analytica Hybrid war is not declared. It is being fought, instead. This is the essence of the strategy of today’s actors, be they state or non-state, in their aggressive hybrid warfare campaigns. The countries under attack are quite often unable to understand what is really happening on the ground until it might be too late. Since the end of the Cold War Russia has been

State memory: 1917 and Russian memory politics

By Manfred Sapper, Volker Weichsel, for Eurozine ‘Russian memory politics represses both the utopia and the violence. It wants neither to know about the perpetrators nor to commemorate the victims.’ The editors of Eurozine partner journal ‘Osteuropa’ reflect on the political meaning of Russia’s official commemoration of 1917. Word has got out: history politics is about politics, not history. The interpretation of the past serves to define the present and

The Daily Vertical: Putin’s Hybrid Repression (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL Vladimir Putin made all the right noises yesterday when he spoke at the opening of the Wall of Sorrow, a new monument to victims of Stalinist repression. He said Russia’s “horrific past must not be stricken from the national memory, nor justified in any way.” He said we “must remember the tragedy” of Stalin-era repressions “and their causes.” And he said that this memory serves

Edward Lucas: The Kremlin’s 20 toxic tactics

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA Human weakness means we find it is easier to admire problems than to solve them, to focus on the dangers we can see than worry about those that we can’t, and to use the tools we have on hand rather than try to acquire the ones we actually need. All that is particularly true of the West’s approach to Russian political warfare. We over-focus on

Aleksandr Podrabinek: The American authorities have grounds for what they are doing

By  Rights in Russia In revenge for the misfortunes of Russia Today and Sputnik in the USA, the Kremlin has decided to hit back at American media outlets in Russia. Russia Today and Sputnik were ordered by the American authorities to accept the label of “foreign agent”, so that everyone knows what these propagandistic bodies truly represent. It was decided to reply like for like. If you make us wear

The Daily Vertical: Correcting History In Lithuania (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL The battle over history is about more than just history. The struggle over memory is about more than memory. Correcting the historical record about what happened in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states seven decades ago is more than just an academic exercise. And the northern Lithuanian town of Birzai has just come up with a simple, creative, and elegant way to deal with the

Moscow’s ‘Sleepers’ TV Serial a Disturbing Wake Up Call for Russians, Kirillova Says

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia A new Russian television series, “The Sleepers,” which suggests the CIA is behind murders and terrorist acts in Russia and elsewhere and that its actions justify, indeed require an equally forceful response by the FSB is far more disturbing than programs like “The Anatomy of Protest,” Kseniya Kirillova says. In an essay for Ukraine’s Gulyai Pole, the US-based Russian journalist and commentator says that this latest

The Daily Vertical: Farewell, Russian World (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL Just one more sign that ethnicity and language don’t necessarily translate into political loyalty. Just one more signal that Moscow’s grip on ethnic Russians and Russian speakers abroad is not all it’s cracked up to be. Just one more indication that the so-called Russian World is largely a fiction manufactured by Kremlin spin doctors. Latvian media reported last week that the center-left party Harmony, led

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