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March 15, 2018

Russia
Are Cold War Spy-Craft Norms Fading?

The poisoning of former double agent Sergei V. Skripal in the UK indicates that Russia may have abandoned some unspoken rules of espionage. CIA veteran Jack Devine examines the history and current state of spy-craft.

UK Skripal Poisoning Crime Scene

December 10, 2014

Russia
Where Is Putin Leading Russia?

President Vladimir Putin has failed to deliver a coherent response to Russia’s economic challenges while continuing to feed concerns about his intentions in Ukraine, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

July 3, 2014

Ukraine
Putin’s Balancing Act

While many in the West perceive Vladimir Putin as an unrestrained strongman, expert Kimberly Marten says that the Russian president is deftly managing disparate factions surrounding the Kremlin.

December 6, 2011

Elections and Voting
Understanding Putin’s Setback

The sharp drop in support for the ruling United Russia party in parliamentary elections reflects growing public discontent with Vladimir Putin’s decision to seek the presidency again next year, says …

March 21, 2014

Ukraine
Putin’s Dangerous New Era

With the annexation of Crimea and rhetoric about protecting Russians in the near abroad, President Vladimir Putin has helped launch a new stage of relations that poses threats to Russia’s neighbors a…

December 13, 2011

Political Movements
Why Russian Protests Matter

The mass protests in Russia challenging the parliamentary vote reflect increasing hostility to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and have the potential to change Russian politics in a fundamental way, sa…

December 11, 2007

Elections and Voting
Sestanovich: Putin’s Choice for Next Russian President Seen as ‘Liberal’ for Kremlin

Stephen Sestanovich, CFR’s top Russia expert, says President Vladimir Putin’s choice for a successor, Dmitri Medvedev, is a relative “liberal.”

May 24, 2007

Elections and Voting
Colton: Putin Likely to Remain Powerful Figure After 2008

Timothy J. Colton, a leading expert on Russia, says even though Vladimir Putin will step down as president in 2008 he is likely to maintain a major role in Russia’s leadership.

June 27, 2012

Russia
Selling Putin’s Mideast Policy

Vladimir Putin’s Middle East trip was an effort to explain policies on Iran and Syria that have put it at odds with Israel and many Arab states, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

October 24, 2007

Development
Sestanovich: Putin Promotes Guessing Game on Russia’s Leadership

Stephen Sestanovich, CFR’s top Russia expert, says President Vladimir Putin seems to be enjoying keeping the world guessing as to whether he will seek to become prime minister of Russia.