Russia News

Next Deadline for George F. Kennan Fellowship Competition Approaching

Mar 01, 2016
The Kennan Institute seeks fellowship applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region.

Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution 2016-17

Feb 10, 2016
Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the 2016 competition for the Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution.

Building a Soviet City: the Transformation of Königsberg

Feb 08, 2016
In continuation of our alumni interview series, we talked with Title VIII-supported Research Scholar Nicole Eaton to hear her reflections on her fellowship. Dr. Eaton, Assistant Professor of History at Boston College, is writing a book on politics, everyday life, and the German-Soviet encounter in Königsberg-Kaliningrad. See the discussion below on the broader context of German and Soviet occupations, postwar urban rebuilding, nationalities policies, and forced migrations.

A Whiff of Panic in the Kremlin as Russia’s Economy Sinks Further

Feb 04, 2016
If the government loses its head in this crisis, the Russian people are bound to follow. That is Putin’s worst-case scenario.

Russia’s Got Talent: Kadyrov’s Electoral Politics

Feb 03, 2016
Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, a Russian region in the North Caucasus, has been the focus of conversation on Russia’s social networks since the beginning of the year. An exchange between Kadyrov, whose media of choice is Instagram, and Russian officials, parliament members, and other internet users took some bizarre turns even by Russian standards: it involved insults, gallows humor, and outright death threats.

The Russian Center

Jan 28, 2016
Conjecture about some meaningful driver of Russian behavior has been common among both foreign watchers of Russia and Russians themselves. The problem is, it is hard to tell whether the Kremlin is being rational or ideological, writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

A U.S. Blueprint for Syria

Jan 27, 2016
Why does Russia always seem to be a step ahead of the U.S. in Syria? The answer is simple: Moscow knows exactly what it wants.

Russia Won’t Recover Unless It Reforms Its State

Jan 20, 2016
The state, being what it is in Russia, a living creature with aspirations and idiosyncrasies of its own, may start saving itself, rather than saving the nation, writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Governance and Mobility in Northeast Asia, 1860-1945: Through the Lens of Korean Migrants

Dec 21, 2015
In continuation of our alumni interview series, we talked with Title VIII-supported Research Scholar Alyssa Park to hear her reflections on her fellowship. Dr. Park has a PhD in History from Columbia University and is Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa. She is currently working on a project that traces the migration of Koreans to the Russian Far East and Manchuria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Song of Ukraine: Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Lead Singer of Okean Elzy, Shares His Vision for the Future

Dec 16, 2015
It’s not unusual to describe a prominent political figure as a figurative “rock star.” Well in the case of social activist, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, lead vocalist for Okean Elzy (the most successful post-Soviet rock band in Ukraine), it happens to be literally true.

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