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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 13, 2021

Today in Russia: US-Russia climate cooperation; Record mortality levels reported; Russians want foreign vaccines, but apparently only Chinese producers applied for approval so far; Moldova goes pro-EU; Putin’s Ukrainian history lesson; Oil and the Russian economy – Rosstat takes a look

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 7, 2021

Today in Russia: USA to Russia: the Black Sea is for everybody; Biden’s Russian hacking ‘moment or reckoning’; 19 bodies found from Kamchatka plane crash; Russia ready to activate Tajik military base as spillover from Afghanistan looms; American lawyer detained in Russia; Labor shortage in Moscow hurts construction industry

Departures Podcast with Ian Goldin, author of ‘Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World’

The disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has obliterated many standing global norms, but it’s less clear how this crisis could change our approach to solving the world’s biggest challenges. According to Ian Goldin, who is a Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford, the coronavirus pandemic could serve as the necessary […]

Departures Podcast with Philip Bowring and Hans van de Ven

This July, the Chinese Communist Party celebrated its 100th anniversary, marking a major milestone and underlining some major questions about its future. No other communist party has lasted this long, and certainly no other ruling authoritarian government has held its grip on power for a similar period of time in the modern era. But that’s […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 30, 2021

Today in Russia: Putin’s marathon Q+A (yes, it’s that time of year again); Putin receives Nazarbayev; Safronov jail sentence extended to October; No more US visas in Moscow from Aug 1; Khodorkovsky Foundation named undesirable organization

Departures Podcast with Regina Smyth, author of ‘Elections, Protest, and Authoritarian Regime Stability: Russia 2008–2020’

There is little debate over the fact that Russia is an authoritarian state in Vladimir Putin’s grip, one which oppresses the rights of its citizens and suppresses the voice of the political opposition. But this does not mean that elections and the democratic process – weakened as it may be – is not still important […]