Russia Studies in the U.S.: From academic ghetto to political mainstream

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After the victory of republican Donald Trump at the 2016 presidential election followed by the series of probes into the Kremlin’s alleged meddling in the American domestic affairs, Russia turned into political mainstream in the U.S. However, the revived interest toward this country failed to translate into increasing funding of Russia Studies programs. And here is why.

A Delicate Balancing Act: Russia, Turkey, and the Kurds

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Russia and Turkey have been improving their relationship since June 2016, the Kurdish question presents a potential challenge to their attempts to strengthen their ties. Reconciling Kurdish aspirations with Turkish fears will be a top priority for Moscow in its effort to broker a post-war peace in Syria.

How buzz on Russia dossier undermines bilateral relations between Moscow and Washington

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There are at least five investigations into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, conducted by congressional committees, subcommittees and Special Council Robert Mueller. This creates a robust anti-Trump consensus in the U.S., and it should not be underestimated. It turns into the anti-Russian one. This dynamics creates a whole series of potential threats to the US-Russian relations, up to the attempts to provoke a direct conflict between the two countries.

Youth Parliamentarianism and Origin of New Ideas

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On November 20-21, the State Duma welcomed young parliamentarians of regional legislative assemblies, municipal deputies, young scholars and postgraduate students, businessmen and representatives of youth organizations. All of them won the contest to participate in the first All-Russian Youth Parliamentary Forum. While it is too early to talk about the practical outcome of the two-day meaningful discussion – the best initiatives can later become bills to be debated – the prominence of the event as a strategic move is already apparent and can be commented on.

New Turns of the Sanctions Spiral

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The Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has announced that Russia is ready to adopt tit-for-tat measures against the United States in the sphere of regulation of foreign mass media working in Russia. This allows us to predict a fightback in the Russian-American sanctions ping-pong match.

Russian Revolution and Its Centenary: No Longer Politics, Not Yet History

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Russia experienced its revolution late in the game. By that time, most Western countries had already gone through coups and industrialization and promptly rejected feudal rules and practices. Most importantly, they had had enough time to resign themselves to their revolutions and their consequences and national scars left by any upheaval had healed. Moreover, countries and peoples are – if not proud – not ashamed of the past events. In terms of historical memory, revolutions are often reconciled with national archetypes.

“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.

Japan’s Ruling Coalition’s Victory is a Good News for Russia

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Following the results of the general election that took place in Japan October 22, the ruling coalition of Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and centrist New Komeito Party won more than two-thirds of 465 seats in Parliament’s lower chamber. This is shown by the official data published on Monday by country’s Central Electoral Commission.

Ships of Every Flag Shall Come: IPU Assembly in the Cradle of Russian Parliamentarianism

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The 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, the world’s oldest political organization uniting national parliaments of 173 sovereign states, is due to open in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Russian President Vladimir Putin is to attend the grand opening ceremony. The Tavrichesky Palace (Tauride Palace), the cradle of Russian parliamentarism, will be the main venue of the forum scheduled for October 14-18.