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. Last Updated: 09/02/2014
Articles by Lilia Shevtsova

Navalny's Moral Victory Puts Kremlin In a Bind

The election dust has settled down. Let's return to the recent mayoral election in Moscow and see what it revealed about Russian voters, government officials and the political opposition.

Putin Comes Out Ahead in Snowden Affair

A country that emphasizes security over civil rights and liberties is easily hijacked by its own security agencies.

Russian and Turkish Crisis

The West should take a closer look at the Russian and Turkish crisis in which the opposition has run up against an autocratic regime.

U.S. and Germany Wake Up to Putin

The Kremlin used to say Russia is a democracy. Now it is saying Russia is a unique civilization with its own course.

Putin's Law of Repression May Force His Demise

The Kremlin did not waste any time this summer preparing for the next protest wave. Putin's latest invention is a real political perversion. Law and justice have been abused as an instrument of personalized power.

Civil Society Is the Kremlin's Worst Nightmare

When President Vladimir Putin spoke to a gathering of Russian ambassadors two weeks ago, he lamented over Russia's global reputation: "Russia's image abroad is formed not by us and as a result it is often distorted and does not reflect the real situation in our country."

The Collapse of the Putin Era

Vladimir Putin’s repossession of the presidency has been met with widespread derision, but his return to the Kremlin could be Russia’s best hope to escape stagnation.

Putin 2.0 Could Be More Autocratic Than 1.0

The Putin era is ending, but the authorities are doing everything possible to make it a dramatic finale.

The Perfect Fall Guy

Medvedev has been given the role of standard-bearer without an army. He will be the perfect fall guy when his modernization program fails.

A Possible Trap Awaits Obama in Moscow

State visits don't usually influence world politics. But the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Moscow on July 6 to 8 might become an exception.

The Kremlin's New Containment Policy

The war between Russia and Georgia is not about disputed territory or the personal animosity between Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

The Power Paralysis

Those watching President Vladimir Putin on television could not fail to see a change in his mood. After he decided on his partnership with First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, he started to look like a different person.

The Power Paralysis

Those watching President Vladimir Putin on television could not fail to see a change in his mood. After he decided on his partnership with First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, he started to look like a different person.

Anti-Westernism is the New National Idea

The Russian political elite has long dreamed of finding a national idea capable of rallying the people. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev tried to consolidate the country with his idea of socialism ""with a human face."" Former President Boris Yeltsin roused the people around anti-communism.

The Truth About Official Conservatism

The current crisis of liberalism and communist ideas in Russia has created a vacuum which is gradually being filled by different ideologies.

Russia's Electoral Time Bomb

Few would dispute that the upcoming presidential election is devoid not only of competition, but even of the intrigue that attended the previous presidential election, despite the fact that even then the outcome was effectively a foregone conclusion.

The Logic of Extinction

Russia is once more frustrating all attempts at classification. Not so long ago the country was described as a managed, electoral democracy.

Whither Putin After the Yukos Affair?

The way the Yukos story ends -- if it ever ends -- will tell us where Putin and Russia are headed.

Iraq's Impact on Russia

The Iraqi war has already created implications for Russia's international role and domestic developments.

Putin's Dilemma: To Stabilize or to Transform?

It's tough being Vladimir Putin these days. History has handed him a true challenge.

Onward -- and Westward?

Vladimir Putin performed a foreign policy revolution when he made Russia a member of a Western coalition.

Still Some Way to Go

The U.S.-Russia summit has been a success, especially given the point of departure.

Political Twins on the World Stage

Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are very different and preside over very different countries, but paradoxically they are also very much alike.


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