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Exiled Oligarch Vladimir Gusinsky and his “special” Kremlin deal

Exiled Oligarch Vladimir Gusinsky and his “special” Kremlin deal

| September 22, 2019

Many see Vladimir Gusinsky as a victim – a man forced out for his liberal beliefs and strength to stand up to Vladimir Putin and his henchmen. But others believe that is far from the truth. Some say Gusinsky is still “welcomed” in the Kremlin – indeed, he has made hundreds of millions of dollars […]

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Old ways linger – Can one do business in Europe the #Russia way?

Old ways linger – Can one do business in Europe the #Russia way?

| September 9, 2019

Late in 2018, bad news came in for DIA Group, a Spanish supermarket chain and Europe’s third largest food sector franchiser. As reported by the FT, by December the chairwoman and chief executive had resigned, the head of finance had been fired, the company’s shares fell 80% just over a year, and dividends plummeted. In […]

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On #Russia, #Macron Is Mistaken

On #Russia, #Macron Is Mistaken

| September 6, 2019

The French president may well be standing tall over his European counterparts, but his overtures toward the Kremlin are repeating the mistakes of so many other Western leaders, past and present. James Nixey Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House @jamesnixey Mathieu Boulègue Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme @matboulegue Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin […]

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#AkademikLomonosov – World’s first floating nuclear power station set for launch this week

#AkademikLomonosov – World’s first floating nuclear power station set for launch this week

| August 19, 2019

A floating nuclear power plant will this week be towed via the Northern Sea Route to its final destination in the Arctic, marking a “historic milestone” in Arctic exploration. On 23 August the Russian company Rosatom will start towing its first floating nuclear power plant from Murmansk to Pevek in Chukotka. Called Akademik Lomonosov (pictured), […]

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Protests in #Russia show how political environment has changed

Protests in #Russia show how political environment has changed

| August 19, 2019

Nikolai Petrov (below) speaks to Jason Naselli (below) about a new wave of protests against Vladimir Putin’s government and what it means for the future of the Russian system. Nikolai Petrov Senior Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House Jason Naselli Senior Digital Editor LinkedIn Protesters at a rally in central Moscow on 10 […]

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Time to shed more light on #Russia harassment of #NATO forces’ families

Time to shed more light on #Russia harassment of #NATO forces’ families

| August 15, 2019

Spouses of Dutch fighter pilots deployed in the Baltic states reportedly received harassing phone calls from callers with Russian accents. This should come as no surprise, but the evident reticence to publicize these incidents is inexplicable. Keir Giles Senior Consulting Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House @KeirGiles LinkedIn Celebrations in March marking Poland’s 20 […]

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What do the #Moscow protests mean for #MayorSobyanin?

What do the #Moscow protests mean for #MayorSobyanin?

| August 9, 2019

These are trying times for Russian president Vladimir Putin. After years of grimly bearing the reports of economic stagnation and political repression, the people of Russia have taken to the streets by the thousands. While the scale of the ongoing demonstrations is still smaller than during the last bout of popular anger in 2011/2012, they […]

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