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.

Does America Need Russia?

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It’s impossible to analyze contemporary US-Russian relations and their future without answering the following question: does the United States need cooperation with Russia? Taking into account the lack of knowledge of Russia among American experts and, put it mildly, wariness towards Russia, it’s highly tempting to answer the question in the negative. However, one shouldn’t hurry to answer.

Constant Western Attempts to Smear Putin Are Ultimately Futile

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The constant attempts to smear Putin as some kind of kleptomaniac totalitarian are largely laughed at in Russia. While they may make some Western activists feel all warm and gooey inside, they are ultimately futile. In fact, they only serve to intensify a siege mentality in Russia that actually heightens support for Putin.

Europe Fights Windmills as Terrorists Strike It at Its Heart

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While the European Union was fighting against “the Russian hybrid war”, the terrorists hit us in “the heart of Europe” – as a slogan at the Brussels Airport, one of the terrorists’ targets, calls the city. Meanwhile the EU political elite in Brussels as well as in many national capitals throughout Europe behaves like Don Quixote.

Rethinking Russia at the International Studies Association Convention

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International Analytical Center Rethinking Russia took part in the 67th convention of the International Studies Association that took place in Atlanta on March 16-18. This year’s event brought together as many as 5,500 researchers from around the world and has become the most representative in the history of the Association. The section on post-Communist states gathered over 200 scholars from the USA, Europe, Russia and other countries.