Russian Parties Mapping Out Campaign Strategies

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In recent weeks the political parties’ activity has been surging unexpectedly. “United Russia”, the Communist Party and the “Party of Growth” are enthusiastically discussing their campaign strategy at caucuses, plenary sessions and forums. “Fair Russia” (or “Just Russia”) has also been actively preparing for the electoral season. The expert community has already commented on recent debates and ponders on the electoral outcome.

Foreign Press Review (04.04-10.04)

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The “Panama Papers” leaks was the most popular topic last week. Most media outlets run a story on Vladimir Putin’s alleged connections to offshore funds, while his name does not appear in any documents. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was also on the agenda last week. The West is worried about a possible clash between Russia and Turkey over this conflict.

Foreign Press Review (28.03-03.04)

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Rethinking Russia presents its first weekly review of articles on Russia from foreign press. This week’s topics include the state of the Russian economy, the Syrian crisis as well as Moscow’s decision not to attend the Nuclear Security Summit.

Institutional Development and Capacity Enhancement: Russia’s Political System Between Duma Elections of 2011 and 2016

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Rethinking Russia together with prominent political experts presents an analytical report that compares the state of the Russian political system before the electoral campaigns of 2011 and 2016. The report explains how political institutions were established and have evolved, as well as assesses the openness and competitiveness of the political system between these election cycles.

Coercive Diplomacy 2.0: Russia’s Version

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Today the manipulation of exchange rates, consumer goods, food supply as well as visa bans are getting more and more frequently used as the weapon of choice in interstate conflicts. However, in its conflict with Turkey Russia’s ‘Diplomacy 2.0.’ prefers measures that would provoke public response and reaction in the media, but at the same time won’t lead to military confrontation.

Deconstructing the Geopolitical Setting of the Refugee Crisis

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Many wonder today what kind of actor could have an interest in the refugee crisis, which threatens the homogeneity and stability of European states. Some blame the US policy in the Middle East for this. But did Washington really, deliberately or by thoughtlessness, create preconditions for the exodus of millions of people from their homelands in Syria and Iraq?

Inaugural Issue of the Rethinking Russia Journal

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The international analytical center Rethinking Russia is honored to present the inaugural issue of its Journal. Quite logically we decided to dedicate this issue of the Rethinking Russia Journal to the events in Syria and Russia’s role in this conflict. On September 30 Russia announced the start of its military mission in Syria, directed against the […]

Regional Elections in Russia as Seen by Foreign Media: Truth and Myths

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The regional elections that took place in Russia in September gave a number of positive signals. First and foremost, even in the conditions of international tensions and economic challenges, institutions and mechanisms of democratic governance work quite effectively. The electoral system is stable across the country, which is very important: more than 90000 mandates overall […]