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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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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...

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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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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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Salah meets Kadyrov: why are Egypt in Chechnya?

Kim Jong Un wasn't the only iron-fisted ruler to be granted an unlikely photo opportunity this week. On Monday the world awoke to Egypt's choice of World Cup training location as Mohammed Salah, their...
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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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The United States steps up sanctions against Russia

On August 2, President Donald Trump signed a bill that brings a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia. The president brought the new legislation into effect on Wednesday in a move that particularly targets...

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