Russia News

How Russia Puts Business Behind Bars

Jul 08, 2013
The Russian Duma approved its much anticipated amnesty for entrepreneurs, seeking to halt the legal onslaught against the Russian business community. But the amnesty comes with considerable strings attached and does not address any of the fundamental legal and institutional deficiencies that created the problem in the first place, writes William Pomeranz.

Matt Rojansky Appointed to Head Kennan Institute

Jun 14, 2013
The Wilson Center today announced that Matthew Rojansky will be Director of the Kennan Institute, which focuses on Russia, Ukraine, and other states in the region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he arrives for a meeting with G20 summit participants in the Kremlin February 15, 2013.

Putin's Unsteady Year

May 09, 2013
"It’s been one year since Vladimir Putin’s formal return to the Russian presidency in May 2012. What he originally envisioned as a time to cement his legacy has turned into a much messier period of seeking a new equilibrium," writes William Pomeranz in The National Interest.

Russia's Energy Bully Takes a Fall

May 07, 2013
"After years as Eurasia's energy bully, Russia's state-controlled natural gas monopoly, Gazprom, is getting a taste of its own medicine," stated Alexandros Petersen in a recent article published by Foreign Policy earlier this week.

Russia After Cyprus: Bringing the Money Home

Apr 15, 2013
It turns out that the European Union settlement that left Cyprus’s banking sector in shambles has done Moscow a big favor. Not only did the EU take down a major offshore banking center, it helped President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to return to Russia any money stashed away in offshore bank accounts, writes William Pomeranz in this opinion piece.

The Future of Syria

Apr 04, 2013
"This is not just a Syria problem, this is a world problem. I think we have reached the tipping point. This opposition or what is good about it…has got to get more support from the United States and it has to be known that we are helping,” said Jane Harman on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

When Stalin Met Mao: Digital Archive Featured in "Foreign Policy"

Mar 27, 2013
Sergey Radchenko writes in Foreign Policy on Mao and Stalin’s first awkward meeting and what it tells us about Xi Jinping’s confident trip this week to see Vladimir Putin.

Cyprus: Caught Between Russia and a Hard Place

Mar 22, 2013
Russia is eager to protect large deposits from its citizens and businesses in Cyprus’s banks, but Putin has also made a priority of bringing offshore money back to Russia. In reality, the Cyprus crisis runs not only through Europe but also through Russia, which may yet extract a high price in any final resolution.

Russia's Global Trade Agenda

Jan 23, 2013
Kennan Institute Acting Director Will Pomeranz analyzes Russia’s less than enthusiastic reaction to joining the WTO, and assesses how Russia will balance its perceived national economic interests within the constraints of the international trading system.

Wilson Center to honor John Faraci and Vartan Gregorian

Dec 06, 2012
The Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center is pleased to announce the 2012 Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Awards Dinner on December 6, 2012 in Washington, DC. John Faraci and Vartan Gregorian will receive Woodrow Wilson Awards in recognition of their contributions to corporate and public service related to U.S.-Russia relations.

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