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Russia enters 2017 with a sense of vague disquiet. With presidential
elections a year away, not everyone is sure the “main candidate” will be
Vladimir Putin. Concern is palpable inside the government and the security apparatus,
as interest groups jockey for position.
Dr. Svyatoslav Kaspe
In a surprise move, clearly aimed at bolstering his own personal power and security, President Vladimir Putin has announced the formation of a Russian National Guard. The new entity is to be created within the Ministry of the Interior (MVD) and its mandate will be to fight terrorism and organized crime. This, however, is a mere facade. ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
As Russia sinks deeper into economic crisis, the political games being played in that country have become increasingly alarming and difficult to interpret. The latest is a series of pointed threats against the political opposition, issued by Ramzan Kadyrov, the hardline leader of Chechnya. What is Mr. Kadyrov playing at, what does he hope to gain, and why does the ...