Lessons to Learn from the International Arctic Forum

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Russia took active part in the multilateral dialogue on the most important regional problems at the International Arctic Forum. Alexander Sergunin (Ph.D. in Political Science, Professor at St. Petersburg State University) commented on the key moments of Vladimir Putin’s speech and also touched upon the question of Forum’s importance for the development of the Russian North. Lev Voronkov (Ph.D. in History, Head of the North European Department of the North European and Baltic Studies Center at the MGIMO-University), in turn, drew attention to the uniqueness of this format and the specifics of international cooperation in the Arctic.

Foreign Press Review (27.03-02.04)

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Anti-corruption protests across Russia that had taken part on Sunday, March 26, drew a lot of foreign media’s attention. Sometimes exaggerating the scale of protests and closing their eyes to the fact a rally in Moscow was sanctioned for another place (therefore, the Kremlin characterized opposition’s calls for protests on Tverskaya street as provocation) almost all outlets emphasized that there was a significant number of young people participating in the demonstrations. The reasons, observers proposed, ranked from “popularity of opposition leaders on the internet” to “little attention the Kremlin pays to this group”.