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Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1898
Bulletins - May 28, 2014
 

Putin's handling of Ukraine plays well at home;
The Kremlin looks east

 

 

 
What Crimea Teaches Central Asia
Articles - May 27, 2014
 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called Russia’s invasion, occupation and annexation of the Crimean peninsula. along with its incitement of a civil war in Eastern Ukraine. a game-changer. One region where this description could possess particular resonance is Central Asia. All Central Asian governments have considerable reasons for alarm in the wake of Russia’s actions and the supine Western response. In this context, Vladimir Putin’s speech to the Duma of March 18, 2014 represented a landmine under the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all five Central Asian states with the threat of Russian military action should they somehow threaten the dignity and honor of Russians who are citizens in their states.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1897
Bulletins - May 22, 2014
 

 

Expanding horizons for Russo-Iranian trade;
Germany and the European sanctions consensus

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1893
Bulletins - May 12, 2014
 

 

More Russo-Iranian cooperation;
Russia versus the blogosphere

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1892
Bulletins - May 6, 2014
 

 

Looking for Putin’s rubles;
New sanctions bite a bit harder

 

 

 
The Many Paradoxes Of The Ukraine Crisis
Articles - April 30, 2014
 

The most recent developments in Ukraine as of April 25 betray a mounting series of dangerous paradoxes. First, Russian officials from Putin down have consistently denied reports of Russian troops either in Crimea or now Eastern Ukraine. But Putin in his call-in show on April 17 admitted that they were present in Crimea and even linked that presence to the subsequent referendum though he claimed it was a fully democratic exercise where nobody was intimidated. Meanwhile, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Putin and his officials deny the presence of Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1891
Bulletins - April 29, 2014
 

Crimea: Russia’s newest gambling haven;
All eyes on the Arctic

 

 

 
Putin’s Glorified Version Of Russian Nationality
Articles - April 28, 2014
 

 It seems more apparent that Russia's war against Ukraine also aims to impose a new ideological-political order in Russia if not the entire Commonwealth of Independent States. At home, this war has featured a massive, unrelenting propaganda offensive depicting Ukraine as a Hobbesian nightmare of civil anarchy and Russia as a unique Christian civilization under siege from the secularizing and nihilistic West. Russia explains the siege against it in geopolitical terms — as an effort to prevent the country from becoming a great power again. Russia also presents the attack in ideological terms— as an attempt to foist an alien and corrupt Western civilization and culture upon it.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1890
Bulletins - April 25, 2014
 

Halting progress on sexual harassment;
Russian social media a target in Ukraine campaign

 
 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1889
Bulletins - April 22, 2014
 

Russia and the global arms trade;
Back to Cold War provocations