Putin’s Choice: What do Russia’s Latest Constitutional Maneuvers Mean? (Carnegie Moscow Center)

A new Russian state is taking shape that is unashamedly authoritarian in design. If Russia ever wants to return to the European model, it will have to dismantle the entire political legacy that this regime has built.

https://carnegie.ru/commentary/81261

Alexander Baunov

Podcast: Coronavirus and the Battlefields of the U.S.-China Trade War (Carnegie Moscow Center)

Carnegie’s Alex Gabuev and The Financial Times’ Asia editor Jamil Anderlini discuss coronavirus, the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, and the geopolitical dynamics in Asia-Pacific.

https://carnegie.ru/commentary/81197

 

The World Through Moscow’s Eyes: A Classic Russian Perspective (Carnegie Moscow Center)

Those looking at Russia’s foreign relations would soon discover that the country is essentially a loner. It is not part of any international large family, whether Europe, the Atlantic community or the West. Asians do not recognize Russia as Asian, either.

https://carnegie.ru/2020/03/03/world-through-moscow-s-eyes-classic-russian-perspective-pub-81203

DMITRI TRENIN

Putin’s Children: The Russian Elite Prepares for 2024 (Carnegie Moscow Center)

The 2024 election will be one in which the generation of “Putin’s children,” those who have made their careers and profited from the twenty years of Putin’s presidency, face a serious challenge to keep the assets they have acquired.

https://carnegie.ru/2020/02/13/putin-s-children-russian-elite-prepares-for-2024-pub-81055

ANDREI KOLESNIKOV,  DENIS VOLKOV

Don’t Expect an Economic Miracle in Putin’s Russia (Carnegie Moscow Center)

The main task of Putin’s economic policy is to collect as much in taxes as possible. This is why the man who successfully transformed the Federal Tax Service is now head of the government.

https://carnegie.ru/commentary/81059

Andrey Movchan

Last Man Standing: How Avakov Survived in Ukraine (Carnegie Moscow Center)

Arsen Avakov has survived Ukraine’s change of regime. President Zelensky needs him because of his links to the dark side of the Ukrainian deep state, against which the president’s young reformers are often powerless. The omnipotent minister is prepared to put aside his personal ambition to become the regime’s informal mainstay.

https://carnegie.ru/commentary/81054

Konstantin Skorkin

Unconsolidated: The Five Russian Elites Shaping Putin’s Transition (Carnegie Moscow Center)

President Putin has embarked on a renewal of Russia’s ruling regime to make sure it weathers the political transition of 2024 and to preserve his personal power-base. The elite can be divided into five distinct groups, two of which, the “protectors” and “technocrats” may end up in a fierce ideological fight.

https://carnegie.ru/commentary/81037

Tatiana Stanovaya

Oatmeal and Water: The Thinning Belarus-Russia Relationship (Carnegie Moscow Center)

A row over energy prices is a sign that Belarus and Russia are set to have a cooler and more pragmatic relationship. Over the next few years, Minsk is likely to build a more balanced relationship with the West and Moscow, like that of Armenia or Kazakhstan.

https://carnegie.ru/commentary/81038

Artyom Shraibman

A Storm in January: Implications of the Recent U.S.-Iran Crisis for the Global Order (Carnegie Moscow Center)

The U.S.-Iran crisis of January 2020 did not lead to a major war in the Middle East, but it did reveal a number of new trends reshaping the world order.

https://carnegie.ru/commentary/80963

Dmitri Trenin