Departures Podcast: “Putin is good for his people – he lets them steal as much as they want”

On this latest episode of Departures, Robert Amsterdam speaks with an admired friend and colleague Dr. Anders Åslund, author of the new book, “Russia’s Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy.” In his book, Åslund contends that in his eighteen years in Moscow, Putin has succeeded in establishing a Russian state and economy […]

Opposition Activist Files Suit against Russia before European Court of Human Rights

The following press release was distributed to international media on 3 April 2019. LONDON, 3 April 2019 – Vladimir Bessonov, a former member of the Russian State Duma and prominent opposition activist, has filed a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to denounce a politically motivated judicial process aimed at violating his […]

Beltway Journal: Russia’s ‘Brain Drain’

Earlier this week at an annual event in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed his countrymen, indeed the world, with a firm and unequivocal guarantee: Russia will respond in kind to any acts of intimidation from Washington or its allies. The remarks are expected. They’re a natural next-step in the progressively escalating tensions between the […]

Beltway Journal: Combating Disinformation and the “Deep States” of Russia and China

Nearly a month after the US midterm election, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed in an interview that Russian operatives had once again interfered in the American electoral process – a revelation that, while hardly surprising, should be a significant cause for concern. This discovery is yet another indication of an evolving global landscape, […]

Podcast: More Tsarist than Soviet

With the prospect of President Vladimir Putin’s rule over Russia extending endlessly into the future, Anders Aslund of the Atlantic Council joins the podcast to discuss how Ukraine and the rest of Europe is reacting, how Putin’s “do nothing” economic plan will continue to drag on the Russian economy, and critical issues facing a number […]

Russia’s Horrific Treatment of Malobrodsky Fits a Familiar Pattern of Torture

If there is one thing I’ve come to notice about Russia in the late-Putin stages, it is its consistency of disregard for human life. One could make an exhaustive list of those killed by the state, but I’ll just cite two past cases. From 2006-2008, the Russian government jailed the Harvard-educated general counsel for Yukos, […]

Podcast: A Nobel Prize for Trump?

In the second episode of the Departures podcast, Robert Amsterdam speaks with Dante Disparte, founder of Risk Cooperative, to discuss the recent rapprochement of the two Koreas, the meaning of the trade war between China and the United States, Russian belligerence, and what we can expect in the year to come. Listen on Stitcher here.

Sympathy for Putin

My latest column in Spears argues that we need to abandon the widespread myth that Russian President Vladimir Putin is any sort of strategic genius. He’s a prisoner, and the only way he’s leaving the Kremlin is feet first.

Announcing the Launch of Our New Podcast, Departures with Robert Amsterdam

Unscripted and off-the-cuff, the Departures podcast invites you to join Robert Amsterdam and other members of the Amsterdam & Partners LLP team for frank and personal conversations on the pressing issues of the day.

Russia as a Legalistic Country

Just one excerpt from a thoroughly excellent piece by Kadri Liik at the European Council on Foreign Relations: It was actually surprising to see the jubilation in Moscow when Donald Trump was elected US president. The Kremlin assumed that Trump would deprioritise the American-led global order, which would inevitably open the door to a Russian […]