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MOSCOW BLOG: Why are there no mass street protests after Russia's rigged Duma election?

September 21, 2021

On August 9 last year Belarus erupted into mass protests within hours of the polls closing on the massively falsified presidential elections. Russia just had similarly rigged elections but there has been no reaction by the population.

MOSCOW BLOG: Taliban say all the right things at their first press conference – perhaps too right?

August 18, 2021

The Taliban gave its first proper press conference yesterday where they didn't not just say the right things, they said exactly the right things. Some are speculating if it has been given professional PR advice as the message is a little too perfect.

MOSCOW BLOG: The Afghan failure – bombs & cash vs institution building

August 18, 2021

A chaotic first day of the new regime in Kabul. The images coming out of Kabul airport are going to become iconic. As bad as, if not worse than, those that came out of Saigon.

MOSCOW BLOG: No easy way out of the Belarusian crisis as West hits Minsk with fresh sanctions

August 10, 2021

On the anniversary of the fraudulent presidential elections that plunged Belarus into its worst political crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union, Washington and London ramped up their sanctions regimes.

MOSCOW BLOG: Coloured revolutions, oligarchs and snollygosters

August 6, 2021

Colour revolutions inspire as regular people unite to throw the corrupt fat cats out of office. But the euphoria doesn't last as the new government that comes in usually fails to make life better.