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Will the New EU Team Challenge the Kremlin?
Written by Elena Servettaz

Will the New EU Team Challenge the Kremlin?

On September 12, the United States and European Union imposed expanded economic sanctions on Russia, targeting its largest bank, Sberbank, and Rostec, a major defense conglomerate. Paris-based journalist Elena Servettaz discusses the possibility of EU’s toughening stance on the matter.

 
The Kremlin’s Dull Victory
Written by Institute of Modern Russia

The Kremlin’s Dull Victory

On September 14, regional elections were held across Russia. Due to extremely low turnout, voting manipulations and ousting of the opposition members, the United Russia candidates managed to win the race in all 84 regions. Maria Karnaukh summarizes the vote results.

 
Russia’s Secret Soldiers
Written by Alexander Podrabinek

Russia’s Secret Soldiers

Despite conclusive evidence, Vladimir Putin continues to deny Russia’s military presence at the Ukrainian territory. According to writer and journalist Alexander Podrabinek, only those, who are interested in propaganda and not in the facts, can overlook such cynical lies.

 
NATO Fumbles Ukraine
Written by Donald N. Jensen

NATO Fumbles Ukraine

On September 12, the U.S. and the EU expanded their sanctions against Russia following the escalation of the Ukraine crisis; however, as Donald N. Jensen, resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, points out, NATO members have been holding back in their aid to Ukraine.

 
The Fear of Responsibility
Written by Institute of Modern Russia

The Fear of Responsibility

On September 8, 2014, the preliminary results of the investigation into the recent crash of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 over Donetsk, Ukraine, were published by the Netherlands commission assembled for the task. Moscow-based journalist Olga Melnikova comments on Russia’s reactions to the findings.

 
Illusory Ceasefire
Written by Tatiana Stanovaya

Illusory Ceasefire

On September 5, 2014, a ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and separatist groups in eastern Ukraine was signed in Minsk, Belarus. According to political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya, the Minsk agreement is impossible to implement and will ultimately fail on all fronts.

 
Why the Kremlin Is Actually Losing the War
Written by Tatiana Stanovaya

Why the Kremlin Is Actually Losing the War

In late August, the Ukrainian crisis entered a new phase. According to political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya, the freezing of the conflict in eastern Ukraine might seem like a victory for the Kremlin, but in a broader perspective, it means that Moscow is in fact failing to achieve its geopolitical goal of restraining NATO.

 
Minsk Summit: Breakthrough in Ukraine Crisis Unlikely
Written by Donald N. Jensen

Minsk Summit: Breakthrough in Ukraine Crisis Unlikely

In late August the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin, met in Minsk. Donald N. Jensen, resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Studies, overviews the issues that were left on the table as peace was whispered about in the capital of Belarus.

 
The Lessons of the First World War, or Why Putin’s Regime Is Doomed
Written by Alexander Yanov

The Lessons of the First World War, or Why Putin’s Regime Is Doomed

Started 100 years ago, the First World War was one of the deadliest and most extensive military conflicts in the history of humankind. Tens of millions of people lost their lives, four empires ceased to exist, and new ones sprang into being in the aftermath of this war. Its echoes reverberate even to this day. The distinguished scholar Alexander Yanov reflects on the lessons of WWI.

 
Russia’s Political Prisoners: Yaroslav Beloussov
Written by Boris Bruk

Russia’s Political Prisoners: Yaroslav Beloussov

The Institute of Modern Russia continues its series of articles dedicated to Russian political prisoners with a profile of Yaroslav Beloussov, a political science student at Moscow State University and a defendant in the “first wave” of the Bolotnaya trials. On September 8, 2014, after two years and three months of imprisonment, Beloussov is due to be released.