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    1. April 27, 2016

      Russia’s chief internet censor enlists China’s know-how

      For an authoritarian government looking to tighten control of an unruly internet, who better to call than the architect...

    2. April 14, 2016

      Ukraine must stick to the path of domestic reform

      In Ukraine, history is in danger of repeating itself. After the pro-democracy Orange revolution of 2004, efforts to...

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    1. April 7, 2016

      A Dutch embarrassment for Europe and Ukraine

      In 1972, 44 years before this week’s Dutch vote on a EU-Ukraine association agreement, France held a referendum on...

    2. April 6, 2016

      A world order reshaped by Vladimir Putin’s ambition

      Moscow is out to change the world order, according to General Philip Breedlove, Nato’s military commander. The entire...

    3. March 21, 2016

      Ukraine pilot’s trial is a travesty of justice

      One of the nastier elements of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hybrid war against Ukraine has been Moscow’s practice...

    4. March 21, 2016

      Russian court prepares to find Nadia Savchenko guilty of murder

      A Russian judge on Monday paved the way for a court to find the captured Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadia Savchenko guilty...

    5. March 21, 2016

      Ukraine’s ‘Joan of Arc’ Nadia Savchenko awaits Russian murder verdict

      When a court in the Russian town of Donetsk on Monday announces its verdict in the case of Nadia Savchenko, there will...

    6. March 20, 2016

      Russia is following a clear strategy in Syria

      Vladimir Putin’s decision to pull Russian troops out of Syria hit the headlines around the world. But it should have...

    7. March 17, 2016

      Syria crisis: Russian pullback could force Assad into peace talks

      Vladimir Putin’s partial withdrawal of Russia’s air force from Syria has led to speculation he is ready to jettison...

    8. March 16, 2016

      Vladimir Putin’s hollow victory in the Syrian killing fields

      Vladimir Putin has long enjoyed a reputation for springing surprises on the international stage. He has done so again...

    9. March 15, 2016

      Mercurial Putin keeps the west guessing in Syria

      Vladimir Putin is full of surprises. His decision to withdraw Russia’s “basic forces” from Syria was forecast by no...

    10. March 15, 2016

      Vladimir Putin uses the Ukraine playbook in Syria

      Vladimir Putin is demonstrating that he has learnt one of the most important lessons of modern warfare: nations should...

    11. March 14, 2016

      Brussels warns EU banks against Russian bond deal

      Brussels is urging European banks to steer clear of Russia’s first sovereign bond issue since the imposition of western...

    12. March 13, 2016

      Car chief pays price of Russia’s waning appetite for reform

      The Golden Foam beer kiosk on Lenin Street is a sad place. Men who lost their jobs at AvtoVAZ, Russia’s largest...

    13. March 11, 2016

      Turkey and Russia — friends for a while, now foes once again

      High-level gossip in Ankara has it that there is a personal element to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s desire to...

    14. February 27, 2016

      Thousands of Russians march to remember Boris Nemtsov

      Thousands of Russians have marched through Moscow to commemorate opposition politician Boris Nemtsov who was shot dead...

    15. February 25, 2016

      Moscow to issue bonds despite US warnings

      Russia is going to press ahead with plans to issue its first sovereign bond since the US and Europe imposed sanctions...

    16. February 24, 2016

      Iran should worry about the Russian agenda

      Iranians go to the polls on Friday to elect two parliaments: one for the people and one for the mullahs (the 290-seat...

    17. February 23, 2016

      Kadyrov a ‘threat to Russia’s national security’

      Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov was accused by a leading Russian opposition figure of involvement in the murder of a...

    18. February 18, 2016

      Putin bombs and the west blinks

      The contest at the Munich security conference pitted the ruthless cynicism of Vladimir Putin’s Russia against the...

    19. February 17, 2016

      Siberian pasta whets appetite for reform

      Columns of coalfire smoke rising into the frigid Siberian sky are the only sign of life in the streets of Pospelikha....

    20. February 17, 2016

      Putin’s proposals to privatise Russian groups appear badly flawed

      At almost any other point in Vladimir Putin’s 16-year tenure as Russia’s paramount politician, news that the country is...

    21. February 17, 2016

      Putin systematically eradicates the Syrian opposition

      After Russian president Vladimir Putin sent his air force into Syria in September, the tide of war turned in favour of...

    22. February 16, 2016

      Harsh economic reality on oil price drives Saudi-Russia accord

      Saudi Arabia and Russia are hardly the most obvious allies. The world’s two largest oil exporters have been locked in...

    23. February 16, 2016

      Putin’s Syrian rampage presents tough choices

      Vladimir Putin is deploying Russian military power in Syria with the ruthlessness for which he has long been famed....

    24. February 16, 2016

      EU strengthens resilience to Russian gas supply threats

      The EU has launched its most far-reaching attempt to strengthen its resilience in the face of energy supply cuts from...

    25. February 15, 2016

      Saudi oil minister to meet Russian counterpart

      Saudi Arabia’s powerful oil minister Ali al-Naimi will meet his Russian, Qatari and Venezuelan counterparts in Doha on...

    26. February 13, 2016

      Dmitry Medvedev warns of ‘new cold war’

      The world had entered a “new cold war,” Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday, as he held out an...

    27. February 13, 2016

      Putin and politics loom over the Pope and the Patriarch

      As the heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches met on Friday for the first ever such meeting, their...

    28. February 12, 2016

      Russian authorities close down Siberian Davos

      Nobody would have noticed had the group of analysts and civil rights advocates, meeting in a Siberian hotel, been left...

    29. February 12, 2016

      Syria is merely one piece in Russia’s strategic jigsaw

      Russia’s air strikes in Syria threaten to cause Aleppo’s fall to Moscow-backed government forces and turn the tide of...

    30. February 9, 2016

      Syria’s future lies in its neighbours’ hands

      The Syrian army’s success at Aleppo was something Russia had been waiting for since the start of its military...

    31. February 9, 2016

      Brussels seeks to compel EU states to share gas in crises

      Brussels will seek to compel EU countries to send gas supplies to stricken neighbours in times of emergency as part of...

    32. February 8, 2016

      ‘Kremlin’s banker’ faces UK jail sentence

      Sergei Pugachev, the man once known as the Kremlin’s banker, is facing a possible jail sentence after a High Court...

    33. February 5, 2016

      Central Asian migrants give Moscow the cold shoulder

      A thaw in Moscow has melted more than half of January’s snowfall, leaving locals to navigate puddles of slush and...

    34. February 5, 2016

      Russia and China: friends with benefits

      Lei Daijun can barely believe he is here. Standing in Red Square, the 74-year-old former teacher from central China...

    35. February 1, 2016

      Putin lines up state sell-offs to plug budget hole

      Russia is lining up seven major state companies, including Aeroflot, Alrosa, the diamond miner, and Rosneft, for...

    36. January 31, 2016

      Putin wants to bomb in Syria and talk in Geneva

      As the UN scrambled last week to shepherd Syria’s warring parties to talks in Geneva on a transition out of the...

    37. January 28, 2016

      Russian’s death has ‘potential parallels’ with Litvinenko

      The death of a Russian whistleblower has “potential parallels” with that of murdered former KGB agent Alexander...

    38. January 24, 2016

      Economy drags Putin’s ambitions down to earth

      Russian president Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical ambitions are crashing into the reality of economics and globalisation....

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