“Democracy May Become a Phenomenon of the Past”

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The issue of possible reforms in the Russian political system after March 2018 election has been recently discussed more and more often. Gazeta.Ru has discussed their probability and essence with Dmitriy Badovskiy, head of the Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Researches (ISEPR Foundation), one of the key advisors to Vyacheslav Volodin, former top domestic politics official of the Presidential Executive Office, State Duma Speaker.

June 22: History and Memory

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Each state has many memorable dates that serve as landmarks of the historical memory and provide retrospect with a cyclical character. June 22, the day when the Great Patriotic War began, holds a specific place. In contrast to the Victory Day, June 22 is the day of the great tragedy. This particular day divides the whole history both of the Soviet Union and Russia of the 20th century into “before” and “after” – into “before the war” and “after the war began”.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s visit: on the way toward a new state of Russian-Uzbek relations

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Uzbekistan’s president Shavkat Mirziyoyev has paid an official visit to Moscow. During the stay special focus was on the summit talks of the presidents of two states. The international analytical center “Rethinking Russia” talked to Aleksandr Gushchin, political expert, Head of the Department of Post-Soviet Countries of the Russian State University for the Humanities, about the key topics discussed and prospects of Russian-Uzbek dialogue.

The Battle for Syria

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The international dimension of the Syrian conflict is usually seen as the reluctance of the USA to get engaged, and Russia’s readiness to do just the opposite – while many other regional players get lost in the background. In order to establish different patterns and to articulate the plurality of motives that guided international actors, Rethinking Russia spoke to Christopher Phillips – senior lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University and associate fellow at the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House, who just published a meticulously researched book “The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East” that documents the international dimension of the conflict.

Vyacheslav Volodin elected as Head of CSTO Parliamentary Assembly: а Commentary by Andrey Kazantsev

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On November 24 speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin was elected Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Andrey Kazantsev, Director at the MGIMO University Analytical Center, shared his thoughts on challenges and tasks before Mr. Volodin personally and CSTO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) as a whole.