A string of errors from the General Staff’s Main Office will have major knock-on effects on how intelligence agencies interact with Russia’s political system
The Russian government is struggling with a crisis of responsibility, exacerbated by an uptick in informal special operations
An ambitious round of social welfare spending and greater worker protections are the Kremlin’s only refuge from voter dismay
Recent protests in Ingushetia will prompt the Kremlin to rethink its North Caucasus policy
What are the risks of growing household debt overhang?
Why is Nord Stream 2 a threat to the EU, but not to Germany?
A few electoral setbacks for the Kremlin in the regions has forced a rethink. Next time, the strategy will be more focused
Belarus and Russia have held a string of recent high level bilateral talks. What have they achieved for relations between the two allies at a time of lingering apprehension?
Russian gas supplies to China are a talking point again in light of US-China trade tensions and commodity price fluctuations. Two prospective pipelines are being touted, for very different reasons
Protests are occuring in Russia with greater frequency. In general, they have become more directly political and involve a widening geographic and demographic range. But the state is responding in ever more sophisticated ways to limit their impact.
Under what conditions do foreigners get classified as a threat to Russia’s national security? (Even Russia’s court judges do not know.)
This is the second part of a series entitled ‘Russia’s Human Resources.’ This part examines how workers with military or secret service backgrounds percolate Russia’s ruling elite.