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MOSCOW BLOG: Kremlin launches charm offensive ahead of looming Biden victory in US elections, end of the START missile treaty

October 16, 2020

Russia is suddenly making nice with its foes, as the Kremlin seems to be launching a charm offensive ahead of the increasingly likely victory in the US presidential elections of Joe Biden.

MOSCOW BLOG: A history of Russian crises

October 2, 2020

Russia has had crises regularly, starting with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, but each crisis does less and less damage. The current coronacrisis is painful and won't be the last one, but each crisis also teaches useful lessons.

MOSCOW BLOG: Will Russia invade Belarus?

August 17, 2020

Lukashenko went on TV on August 15 to announce that he would ask Putin to help Belarus “restore order” as the protests “threaten the whole former Soviet space". Is a Russian invasion really on the cards?

MOSCOW BLOG: Does Lukashenko have enough forces to oppress the entire country?

August 13, 2020

Does Lukashenko have enough forces to oppress the entire country? The jails in Minsk are already overflowing and Lukashenko is now hanging on to power by brute force alone.

MOSCOW BLOG: Europe must act and stop the arbitrary terror Belarus President Lukashenko has unleashed on his people

August 13, 2020

The Belarusian people are suffering from “arbitrary terror” after Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko unleashed a brutal security operation against his population literally hours after the polls closed on the eve of the presidential elections

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