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Departures Podcast with Sarah Kendzior

For experts who spend their careers studying modern authoritarianism, it has only recently become prudent to apply their analytical skillset to talking about political developments in the United States. Journalist and author Sarah Kendzior, who stood out in 2015 as one of the lone voices warning that Donald Trump was going to win the presidency, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 18, 2020

Today in Russia: Russia unblocks Telegram; 489 medics have succumbed to COVID-19; Putin is not smiling; Forced voter registration in Moscow and fake voter accounts; Supreme Court rejects lawsuit against Putin; Moscow looks to Washington for help in Libya; Crimean sanctions extended one year by EU; Tax service fears capital flight if currency controls eased

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 17, 2020

Today in Russia: 7,840 new COVID-19 cases, lowest since April; Putin has a COVID-19 disinfection “tunnel”; Study “exposes” Russian disinformation campaign; Russia-Turkey video summit on Syria; Glitches in Moscow COVID-19 tracking app; Russia may soak the rich; Azeris languish at Russian border; Russian bombers intercepted off the coast of Alaska, escorted by U.S. jets; The Polish cost of eschewing Russian gas

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 16, 2020

Today in Russia: 8,248 new COVID-19 cases reported; Whelan case shows Kremlin’s transactional approach; “Orwell” facial recognition in schools; Transgender woman wins landmark case in St. Petersburg; Vedomosti editor speaks after resignation; Russia hosts Iranian FM Zarif; Russians race to buy homes overseas during pandemic; 1 billion rubles in pandemic-related fines tallied; Gazprom to reimburse Poland $1.5 billion

Departures Podcast with Jean-Pierre Cabestan

Earlier this month marked the 31st anniversary of Tiannanmen Square, while during this same period, the same Chinese Communist Party solidified its grip on Hong Kong with the passage of a new national security law that would subject Hong Kongers to extradition and Chinese legal jurisdiction. These events are just examples of the extreme lengths […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 15, 2020

Today in Russia: American sentenced to 16 years for espionage; Vedomosti team quits as editor confirmed; Russia expels Czech diplomats in tit for tat; Putin says US struggle with COVID-19 and protests reflect crisis; Russian gold to overtake China’s by 2029; Navalny faces new charges, this time for defamation; Russia clamps down on “fake news”; Russian Arctic scientist charged with spying for China