Putin Becomes Target of Bizarre Personal Attacks as West’s Global Ambitions Falter

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Although Vladimir Putin rarely gets an honest and objective handling from the Western political and media establishment, the level and type of attacks against the Russian leader of late can only be described as dangerous, delusional and very deliberate. The West has kicked off 2016 with a level of vilification against Putin that is so detached from reality that it actually serves to highlight the misdeeds and misfortunes of the accusers.

Who is to Blame for Instigating a Conflict between Russia and the West?

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The belief that Vladimir Putin single-handedly “manufactured” the current conflict with the West to win domestic support and hold on to power at any cost, has been a staple of mainstream Western analysis of Russia since the Ukraine crisis began. That same belief has subsequently spilled over into analysis of Russia’s intervention in the Syrian crisis.

Global Energy Security: A Deceptive Respite

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Despite the declining theoretical interest in the matters of ensuring global energy security, the problems still exist, though for now they are less acute. Unique opportunities and, what is more important, Russia’s strong interest in jointly addressing these problems are still present.

Turkish Parliamentarism and the Russian-Turkish Relations

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On January 19, MGIMO University hosted a round table discussion entitled “The Turkish parliamentarism and the Russian-Turkish relations”, organized by Rethinking Russia and the Center for Oriental Studies. Participants discussed the alignment of political forces, the position of the government and the opposition in Turkey, as well as the state of the Russian-Turkish cooperation.

New World Order Has Death Wish for the White European Civilization

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Thanks to America’s foreign policy agenda NATO countries are being helplessly dragged into battles and regardless of the public protests against illegal wars, which have already happened in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now in Syria. This development only plays further into Washington’s hands as the European people – increasingly terrified by pre-planned acts of war, terrorism and financial collapse – look to a savior to rescue them.

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.