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Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1993
Bulletins - July 28, 2015
 

 

PARNAS makes new plans;
Russians willing to trade freedom for prosperity

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1992
Bulletins - July 27, 2015
 

Russia's AIDS epidemic continues to worsen;
Protectionism hits the national media

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1991
Bulletins - July 22, 2015
 

Crimea's status... and Baltic independence;
Still bullish on Syria

 

 

 
Not Mr. Popularity
Articles - July 21, 2015
 

As Vladimir Putin's international image continues to decline, his domestic popularity has, paradoxically, reached an all-time high. The most recent poll by the Moscow-based Levada Center reports a staggering 89 percent approval rating for the Russian president, in spite of a stumbling economy, declining living standards, rampant corruption and deepening international isolation. 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1990
Bulletins - July 14, 2015
 

Abuses, impunity in Crimea;
The Islamic State comes to Russia 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1989
Bulletins - July 9, 2015
 

Russia warns Sweden, while the Pentagon prepares;
An extension for European sanctions

 

 

 
Moscow's Baby Bust
Articles - July 9, 2015
 

For decades, first the Soviet Union and then Russia languished under adverse population trends. Deaths far outpaced births, life expectancy was dismally low, and social ills, from alcoholism to unsafe abortion practices, were rampant. 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1988
Bulletins - July 8, 2015
 

Mobilization in the Arctic;
Nuclear jitters in NATO

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1987
Bulletins - July 7, 2015
 

Bringing Dzerzhinsky back?;
Kremlin, political allies take aim at abortion

 

 

 
The Slow Mobilization Toward War With Putin
Articles - July 3, 2015
 

Amid multiple signs of an impending battle in Ukraine, NATO and Ukraine have stepped up their response. But so has Russia. 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1986
Bulletins - July 3, 2015
 

Meet the bit players in Russia's media war;
Moscow plays Palestinian peacemaker

 

 

 
Geopolitical costs of Moscow's war against Ukraine
Articles - July 2, 2015
 

By July 2015 it was clear that Russia is paying a steep economic price for its war in Ukraine. Poverty, inflation, unemployment are all rising, the economy is shrinking, and foreign investment is drying up. Moscow had to cut spending on the 2018 FIFA World CUP, pensions, and infrastructure, not to mention health care, education, science and technology, and infrastructure, i.e. human and social capital.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1985
Bulletins - June 30, 2015
 

Off the books, Russia militarizes;
In Transdniester, a dry run?

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1984
Bulletins - June 26, 2015
 

Snitching makes a comeback;
The KPRF courts Muslims in Tatarstan

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1983
Bulletins - June 24, 2015
 

Popular Putin cracks down on "undesirable" NGOs;
Russia hits back at Europe with sanctions of its own

 

 

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 337
Bulletins - June 23, 2015
 

Missile defense for the Gulf;
Ukraine seeks BMD as a hedge against Russia;
In the Army, a focus on integration;
Beijing, Moscow make missile moves

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1982
Bulletins - June 18, 2015
 

One step forward, one step back in the info war with Russia;
Obscuring traces of involvement in Ukraine

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1981
Bulletins - June 15, 2015
 

 

New restrictions on abortions, non-Russian languages;
Moscow takes aim at social media

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1980
Bulletins - June 9, 2015
 

The brownshirts of "United Russia";
Corporate confidence... and widespread hardship

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1979
Bulletins - June 3, 2015
 

The future shape of the Russian military;
Rewriting Moscow's wartime role

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1978
Bulletins - June 1, 2015
 

Recognizing the Russian cyber threat;
American dollars grease U.S.-Russia nuclear dialogue 

 
The Economics Of Deterring Russia
Articles - May 22, 2015
 

When it comes to the prospects of war in Europe, perhaps we simply aren't asking the right questions. For months now, Russia watchers within the Beltway and in European capitals have been preoccupied with anticipating the next moves of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the year-old conflict taking place in Ukraine. 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1977
Bulletins - May 21, 2015
 

Russian demographics at the crossroads;
Nonprofits feel the heat

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1976
Bulletins - May 20, 2015
 

Back to the "Blackjack";
Hacking and the Ukraine conflict

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1975
Bulletins - May 19, 2015
 

Moscow versus the Islamic State;
Kadyrov digs in his heels

 

 

 
Don't Blame The Victim
Articles - May 15, 2015
 

  By every account Russia and its "insurgent army" are planning a new offensive in Ukraine. Shelling aroundShyrokyne has increased considerably. Russia, once again violating the Minsk II agreement that it first broke even before the ink was dry, has brought up reinforcements, including air defenses - a telltale sign of an impending offensive. It has also reorganized and trained separatist fighters in Ukraine to make them more proficient and professional under Russian command and control. 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1974
Bulletins - May 9, 2015
 

Russia's ultranationalists on the march;
A hard-fought victory in Russia's "war on terror"

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1973
Bulletins - May 8, 2015
 

Europe arms itself... but not enough;
Russia's opposition parties huddle together

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1972
Bulletins - April 30, 2015
 

Moscow chafes at Ukraine's turn away from its Soviet past;
No joking allowed on Russia's Internet

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1971
Bulletins - April 28, 2015
 

A surge in military spending;
Accentuating the positive in Crimea

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1970
Bulletins - April 21, 2015
 

Still more nostalgia for Stalin;
Russia stares down NATO over Ukraine, the Baltics 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1969
Bulletins - April 20, 2015
 

The Kremlin versus the Internet;
Russia's rich eye the exits 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1968
Bulletins - April 15, 2015
 

 

Russia's regional plans take a hit;
Denmark in the crosshairs

 

 

 

 

 
Putin's Next Offensive
Articles - April 10, 2015
 

Both NATO and the United States have publicly acknowledged that Russia is violating the newest cease-fire over Ukraine, which was recently concluded in Minsk, Belarus. Despite the agreement, Moscow is still sending tanks, armored vehicles, rocket technology and artillery to separatist elements inside Ukraine, and has moved on to occupy the strategically located railroad terminal of Debaltseve. Moscow's continuing military buildup in the Donbass region, and the outbreak of renewed fighting, strongly suggests that Russia does not seek an off-ramp out of Ukraine but intends to conquer still more Ukrainian territory.

 
Kremlin Fight Club
Articles - April 3, 2015
 

At first glance, Grozny seems like an odd place for a gathering of the world's best fighters. The capital of Russia's restive Chechen Republic, Grozny is in a better place today than it was in the 1990s and early 2000s, when it was ground zero for two brutal wars between Islamist insurgents and the Russian state. But the city, like the region it inhabits, still ranks high on the misery index. Despite a major rebuilding effort on the part of the government, Chechnya's unemployment and poverty rates are among the highest in the Russian Federation, and the region has emerged as a significant source of angry young men who have traveled to the Middle East to join the ranks of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.  

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1967
Bulletins - April 1, 2015
 

Militarizing Crimea;
Sharia finance comes to Russia

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1966
Bulletins - March 25, 2015
 

Russia's military posture a growing threat to the U.S.;
Crimean development slows amid economic downturn

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1965
Bulletins - March 20, 2015
 

Coming clean on Crimea;
A step forward in the Arctic, and a step back on energy

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1964
Bulletins - March 17, 2015
 
An increasingly costly Ukraine policy;
Speedy arrest of suspects in Nemtsov's murder

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1963
Bulletins - March 16, 2015
 

 

Ripples from Nemtsov's murder;
Hungry in Russia

 

 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1962
Bulletins - March 13, 2015
 

Advances in the Arctic, and the Eastern Mediterranean;
Nemtsov killing rocks Russia

 

 

 
SYMPOSIUM: How Dangerous Is Vladimir Putin?
Articles - March 9, 2015
 

With the likes of the Islamic State's self-declared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the running, the competition is stiff indeed. But it would be fair to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin currently ranks as one of the world's most dangerous men. 

 
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

 

 

 
How Not To Fight Violent Extremism
Articles - February 27, 2015
 

What could the White House have been thinking? The Obama administration's recently concluded Summit on Countering Violent Extremism was a high-profile affair, bringing together key world leaders and decisionmakers on a critical topic at a critical time. But it was also punctuated by instances of stunning tone-deafness, and a profound failure to understand the dynamics of terrorism in its many forms. 

 
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