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Looking farther in the near-abroad

One of the most amazing stories coming out of Russia this year was, in fact, coming out of somewhere else: Armenia. In April, Serzh Sargsyan, president in 2008-18, attempted to continue ruling the country from the newly empowered position of … Continue reading

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Putin’s endgame? Part 1: the problem of power

In the first part of No Yardstick’s series on the issues shaping Vladimir Putin’s fourth presidential term, we will first look at the core psychological question of the term: the projection of power in a period most think will be … Continue reading

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The bonfire of rationality

Yesterday I was going to post a long and detailed entry about Vladimir Putin’s priority list. About the way priorities were exposed during times of crisis and scarcity. I was going to draw a comparison with my college days in … Continue reading

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A tragedy with consequences

This is the end of the conflict in Ukraine as we know it. 

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The Putin Defence

Obviously, the biggest question when it comes to the new power structure in Russia will be about the handling of inevitable personal clashes. As I’ve blogged before, Vladimir Putin will have to solve a double task: he will have to … Continue reading

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Back to the future

It might seem as if the game had ended – at least this is what Novaya Gazeta proclaimed on its front page this week. In fact, the “game” has only just begun with last Sunday’s victory of Putin. I believe … Continue reading

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Putin’s pillars

We’re edging closer to the 4th of March, and accordingly, the picture has started to be clearer about the strategy of the ruling elite for the very day of the election. However, what will happen after remains a big question … Continue reading

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