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MOSCOW BLOG: Putin's guns and butter plan

May 17, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin was on a lovefest to China this week as the two continue to move closer together. But before he left, Putin told its military bosses that they need to focus on both guns and butter as he plans for the long term.

MOSCOW BLOG: foreign agents and bank sector clean ups – the FSU still looks to Russia for ideas

April 30, 2024

Georgian oligarch and éminence grise Bidzina Ivanishvili gave a very bonkers speech on April 29 at the pro-government rally in Tbilisi that has been rocked by protests against the proposed "foreign agents law." That is a Russian innovation.

MOSCOW BLOG: How the ISIS attack in Russia puts Tajiks under pressure

March 28, 2024

Russian citizens of Tajik descent, alongside the broader Tajik diaspora, have found themselves in a precarious situation.

MOSCOW BLOG: Shock and resignation grip the Moscow suburbs

March 27, 2024

Initially, Anton and his friends thought it was a drone strike. The first images they saw on Telegram channels was of the top of the concert hall on fire, with black smoke billowing out into the light-polluted sky.

MOSCOW BLOG: Who were the attackers at Moscow’s bloody Crocus City shooting?

March 22, 2024

A group of gunmen attacked a crowd of concert goers at the Crocus City Hall in western Moscow on the night of March 22, killing at least 40 and injuring up to a 100 more, according to the Federal Security Service.

MOSCOW BLOG: Life in Russia has always been rubbish, that is why Putin would have been re-elected even in a fair election

March 18, 2024

“Life is hard. But at least it's short.” That is an old Soviet joke that plays on the harsh conditions Russians lived under since Tsarist times. Those times changed when Russian President Vladimir Putin came to power.