Unblinking Putin

An article in The Economist comments that the West should impose fresh sanctions to deter more Russian meddling in Eastern Ukraine.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Putin's empire building is not a new Cold War

CNN Online publishes an article by David Clark, Chair of the Russia Foundation, writing that although events in Ukraine have left the West uncertain about how to respond, President Vladimir Putin’s empire-building is not a new Cold War.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sanctions on Russia: Would World Cup boycott hit harder?

CNN publishes an article which looks at the economic sanctions that have been imposed on Russia following its annexation of the Crimea and examines how effective they are likely to be.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The 5 Biggest Events That Shaped Putin's 2013

An opinion editorial in The Moscow Times by opinion page editor Michael Bohm outlines the 5 biggest events that shaped President Vladimir Putin's 2013; the year of the ban; the anti-American campaign against U.S. adoptions; Edward Snowden; the state-sponsored anti-gay campaign; and Mikhail Khodorkovsky's pardon.

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Pussy Riot prison releases reveal the dilemma of mature Putinism

In an article in The Independent, the chair of the Russia Foundation, David Clark, analyses the motivations behind President Vladimir Putin’s decision to release Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He argues that it may well have been intended to send a positive signal about Russia's future business climate.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Opinion: The West's problem is not Ukraine -- it's Russia

The CNN website publishes an article by Alan P. Larson, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economics and Senior International Policy Advisor for business law firm Covington & Burling LLP, arguing that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the U.S.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Edward Snowden is the least of America's problems with Russia

The Financial Times publishes an article by columnist Philip Stephens arguing that a number of reasons explain US President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in early September, and Edward Snowden comes well down the list of concerns, which include Syria and Mr Putin’s stubborn refus

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Edward Snowden asylum case is a gift for Vladimir Putin

An article in The Guardian by author and foreign correspondent Luke Harding says that President Vladimir Putin's decision to grant Snowden asylum is a humiliating, wounding rebuff to the US. The article notes, however, that the irony is that Moscow's record on human rights and freedom of speech is far worse than Washington's.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dealing with Russia: Tougher love needed

An article in The Economist says that in the year since President Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin as President, his rule has become increasingly repressive. The article argues that the West should defend its democratic values in order to lend support to the opposition to Mr. Putin.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Russia needs Obama to stand up to Putin's repression

An article in The Washington Post by David J. Kramer, President of Freedom House, suggests that Russia needs US President Barack Obama to stand up to President Vladimir Putin's repression.

Friday, April 26, 2013