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November 20, 2017
It is part of human nature to suppress and ignore various uncomfortable indicators. The belief that life as we know it, will continue more or less in the same direction even with clear signs showing the opposite, is very hard to counter with rational thoughts and acts until the change becomes too... Read More
October 12, 2017
2017 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of two Russian revolutions. The February Revolution began when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupted in St. Petersburg. Russians had lost faith in their government, the economy was horrendous and corruption was rampant. Demonstrators took to... Read More
September 08, 2017
The residents of Moscow will go to polling stations on September 10, 2017, to elect their municipal district deputies. With typically low voter turnout, sometimes in the single digits, these elections regularly garner little attention from the local population and Russian political parties. But... Read More
April 04, 2017
Eighty-five years ago, Ukraine suffered at the hands of Stalin’s Soviet Union and to this day continues to fight for recognition of Holodomor, a genocide that killed more than 10 million people. The Atlantic Council held an event titled “Connecting Ukraine’s Past to Present: From Holodomor to the... Read More
January 17, 2017
On January 17, we launched "Global", IRI’s new podcast. If you have not heard the first episode highlighting Russia, check it out HERE. If you have already downloaded “Global”, thank you for listening!  Our inaugural episode featured Senator... Read More
December 20, 2016
For several years now, the German federal and state security services have managed to just outpace a number of planned terrorist attacks in the country.  Breaking up plot after plot just before it could be carried out, they had kept Germany’s citizens protected from the kinds of large-scale,... Read More
September 28, 2016
In our world, change is a constant and yet it is one of the most difficult thing to which people can adapt.  This holds true in the democracy and governance sphere. For countries of all varieties, supporters of democratic progress must be able to navigate change, amid competing factions,... Read More
September 26, 2016
Much has been written about the recent elections for the Russian State Duma, which took place Septemeber the 18th.  Most post-election analysis has centered on the ruling United Russia party dominating the results, noting that the party acquired enough seats for a constitutional majority,... Read More
August 17, 2016
As the West momentarily turned its attention to the Rio Olympics and the latest developments in the U.S. presidential campaign, tensions between Ukraine and Russia dramatically increased over the last week. On Wednesday, August 10, Russia accused Ukrainian special forces of launching a planned “... Read More
April 26, 2016
I recently heard Russian democratic activist Vladimir Kara-Murza speak movingly to an American audience about leadership, human freedom and the West’s duty towards those struggling to taste democracy. It wasn’t my first time with him. In September 2015, an enfeebled Kara-Murza appeared at IRI’s... Read More

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