Foreign Press Review #4 (18.04-24.04)

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Last week Syria once again became the most popular topic in the western media due to a partial withdrawal of the opposition groups from the peace talks in Geneva amid a recent upsurge in fighting in Syria and the government’s reluctance to free detainees or allow humanitarian aid into the country. Foreign media also payed special attention to the failed oil negotiations in Doha as well as the first in nearly two years meeting of the NATO-Russia Council that many called a breakthrough in itself.

Foreign Press Review (11.04-17.04)

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The incidents when Russian SU-24 fighter jets buzzed the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook during the US’ joint exercises with Poland in the Baltic Sea was one of the most popular topics in the western media last week. American officials described these flight maneuvers as “unsafe”, “aggressive”, “reckless and provocative”. As for Russia’s domestic policy, the press has payed a lot of attention to the “Direct Line” with President Putin, which was designed to motivate local officials to increase the effectiveness of their work.

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.