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Could Zelenskyy’s strategy for #Donbas lead #Ukraine into a #Kremlin trap?

Could Zelenskyy’s strategy for #Donbas lead #Ukraine into a #Kremlin trap?

| February 14, 2020

In pursuit of peace in the war-torn region, the Ukrainian president’s short-term, tactical approach is vulnerable in the face of Russia’s long-term strategy. Kataryna Wolczuk Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House Google Scholar Hanna Shelest Member of the Board, Foreign Policy Council ‘Ukrainian Prism’ Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a ceremony welcoming Ukrainians who were […]

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Efforts to improve #Russia environmental protection standards condemned as ‘muddled’ and ‘moving too slowly’

Efforts to improve #Russia environmental protection standards condemned as ‘muddled’ and ‘moving too slowly’

| January 30, 2020

The unprecedented resignation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his government took the world by surprise and has set the scene for a radical reshaping of Russian politics, writes Martin Banks. Medvedev’s replacement, Mikhail Mishustin (pictured), lost no time in setting out his policy platform to rejuvenate the Russian economy.  Mishustin’s prescribed solutions included digital […]

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#Russia – What Putin’s constitutional shakeup means

#Russia – What Putin’s constitutional shakeup means

| January 20, 2020

Nikolai Petrov Senior Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House A live broadcast of Vladimir Putin’s annual address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, seen on the Leader Tower screen in St Petersburg. Photo: Getty Images. Vladimir Putin’s proposed constitutional reforms will transform Russia’s political regime and allow him to prolong his […]

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Russia’s #Putin confirms #Mishustin as new prime minister

Russia’s #Putin confirms #Mishustin as new prime minister

| January 16, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin today (16 January) signed a decree appointing Mikhail Mishustin (pictured) as prime minister, shortly after the former head of the tax service won the backing of parliament, writes Maria Kiselyova. Mishustin’s elevation is part of a sweeping shake-up of the political system announced by Putin on Wednesday, which led to the […]

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How #Putin tries to depoliticize Russia’s youth

How #Putin tries to depoliticize Russia’s youth

| January 9, 2020

Vladimir Putin’s condescending remarks on Greta Thunberg’s activism say more about the Kremlin’s attitude towards Russian youth than climate change. Nikolai Petrov Senior Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House Google Scholar Ekaterina Aleynikova Independent Analyst Vladimir Putin meets with representatives of the Russian Student Brigades in the Kremlin. Photo: Getty Images. Climate change […]

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Statement by Vice President Maroš Šefčovič on long-term transit of #RussianGas to Europe via #Ukraine

Statement by Vice President Maroš Šefčovič on long-term transit of #RussianGas to Europe via #Ukraine

| January 2, 2020

“Let me express my strongest appreciation for all the hard work and effort by everyone involved. In practice, this means that gas will continue to flow from Russia to Europe via Ukraine as of 1 January 2020. This is a powerful message to both, our consumers and industry, clearly demonstrating that the EU cares and […]

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Human rights breaches in #Russia #Afghanistan and #BurkinaFaso

Human rights breaches in #Russia #Afghanistan and #BurkinaFaso

| December 30, 2019

Before Christmas, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Russia, Afghanistan and Burkina Faso. Russia MEPs call on the Russian authorities to immediately repeal the country’s law on ‘foreign agents’ and to bring existing legislation into line with Russia’s constitution and obligations under international law. This law from […]

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