The Russian state is implementing a punitive online law that is leading to crackdowns on an increasingly wide array of social media posts. But it is proving to be a shambolic form of censorship that suffers from judicial overreach and absurd-sounding convictions.
The Russian Orthodox Church, in spite of its pacifist scriptures, does not oppose war. On the contrary, the ROC has fast become a fountainhead of Russian militarism
Yampolskaya’s appointment is a cosmetic rearrangement of officials to stir fresh intrigue
Marginally, yes, in the short term. Long-term, however, local grievances and international struggles will doubtless return to the fore.
Here is how the Kremlin is enacting an unpopular economic reform: deny responsibility, declare its inevitability, distract the public with a popular sporting event
The 2018 FIFA World Cup has helped push federal investments into regional infrastructure. These were long overdue, and are turning selected cities into ‘decent’ living places. But only in the short term
But why has it not happened already?
The Duma is debating whether to threaten the rights of foreign residence permit holders or those with dual citizenship
The story of Ukraine’s security police staging a planned assassination of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko provoked significant online anger and hate speech. It is an increasingly typical Russian public reaction to an ever widening range of current events.
Spoiler alert: Sergei Sobyanin is on course to retain his post at Moscow’s mayoral elections this September. The tactics bear a resemblance in miniature to how Vladimir Putin ran his campaign for his fourth presidential term.
Vladimir Putin has broken his promise not to raise Russia’s retirement age. His spokesman is now eager to point out that it was a promise from long ago and times have changed.
What does the Kremlin’s fight against Telegram reveal?