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Protecting the Baltics
Articles - March 9, 2015

There is an old piece of folk wisdom which, in light of current events, must translate neatly into Russian: "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me."

As an already shaky second cease-fire crumbles following the Russian capture of the Ukrainian town of Debaltsevo and with Moscow's intent to also seize Mariupol, it is becoming ever clearer that Russia has no intention of keeping the peace with Ukraine — and that the Kremlin is emboldened by what it perceives to be Western weakness.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1961
Bulletins - March 6, 2015

No economic relief in sight;
Russia's regions get emptier



The Message Behind Nemtsov's Murder
Articles - March 4, 2015

Russia's political opposition has been put on notice. The Feb. 27 murder of prominent opposition leader Boris Nemtsov just steps from the Kremlin marks a dramatic escalation of the Russian regime's long-running war on its opponents. Nemtsov, after all, wasn't merely a dissenting politician. He was part of the old system, having served as a deputy prime minister in the government of President Boris Yeltsin in the late 1990s. Beginning in the early 2000s, Nemtsov had moved into the political opposition, emerging as a critic of Yeltsin's successor, Vladimir Putin, and his policies. Even so, his position as a member of Yeltsin's inner circle had given him a degree of immunity from official retribution.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1960
Bulletins - March 2, 2015

Russia: a champion of European security;
Once again, Moscow is the main enemy



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1959
Bulletins - February 28, 2015

Help for "strategic" companies;
Savchenko: A symbol of the Russia-Ukraine conflict



A Global Popularity Contest
Articles - February 25, 2015

Is Russia making a global comeback in spite of Western sanctions and political pressure from the United States and Europe? On the surface, it certainly seems like it.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1958
Bulletins - February 24, 2015

A shrinking budget for Russia's media blitz;
Pentagon report: Putin has Aspberger's



Ukraine: The West Has Promises To Keep
Articles - February 24, 2015

At a summit meeting in Minsk, Belarus, on February 12, Russia and Ukraine agreed anew to a cessation of hostilities in the year-old conflict between them. On hearing the news, Washington and other Western capitals let out a collective sigh of relief. But there was good reason from the start to be skeptical that the ceasefire would hold. 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1957
Bulletins - February 19, 2015

Russian military focuses on nukes and new partners;
Discrimination in Crimea



Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1956
Bulletins - February 17, 2015

More economic woes... and profligate spending;
Designating Russia a terror state