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The death of a Russian anti-corruption lawyer has begun a series of moves which have seriously damaged Moscow’s relationship with Washington. Russia hit back by banning Americans from adopting its orphans and in return the US has withdrawn from a bilateral human rights body. A weakened Vladimir Putin appears to have little room to manoeuvre.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
While the Kremlin welcomed President Barack Obama’s return to the White House for a second term, it is questionable that any change at the top would have made much difference to the souring of relations between the two countries in recent years. More than 20 years after the end of the Cold War, Russia is still left with a sense of paranoia about its former rival s...