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Russian multipolarity: Is policy driven by philosophy?

In a divisive climate of East-West tension and barbs being traded between politicians on both sides, the 14th annual conference of the Valdai Discussion Club took place in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in mid-October. Russia’s premier...
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2017 in Review: Russia and Eastern Europe

In this series of articles, 2017 in Review, we look back at the year in each region of the world. Here, Thomas Brewis looks at Russia and Eastern Europe.   Unlike many parts of the world, Eastern Europe...
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Russian election: Twitter shines a light on fraud in the North Caucasus

Sunday, April 18 saw a yawn-inducing victory for Vladimir Putin in the Russian election, as sarcastic gasps of shock echoed through Western Europe. Collecting of 75% of the vote on a turnout of 67.5%, the...

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Is it safe to go to the World Cup in Russia? It's a question that has constantly been asked in the build up to the tournament - and for good reason. The respected Jamestown...
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World Cup 2018: A practical fan guide to Russia

All you need to know about visiting Russia during the World Cup, in one place. This fan guide to Russia is a basic toolkit for the uninitiated; within it we've compiled an overview for...

Guide to Moscow Nightlife (the best bars in Moscow)

The 2018 World Cup is set to see around one million visitors come to Russia. It's likely that the vast majority of these will be in the capital at one point or another, and...
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Britain and Russia in diplomatic brinkmanship following Skripal poisoning

Anglo-Russian relations have rarely been worse. In 2006, a fugitive Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko was killed by radioactive poison on British soil. President Vladimir Putin “probably approved his assassination” according to British authorities. Twelve...

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