Russia’s Political Prisoners: Leonid Razvozzhayev
Written by Boris Bruk

Russia’s Political Prisoners: Leonid Razvozzhayev

The Institute of Modern Russia continues its series of publications on Russia’s political prisoners with a profile of Leonid Razvozzhayev, an activist in the Left Front movement and a defendant in the Bolotnaya Square case.

 
Legal Gymnastics
Written by Ekaterina Mishina

Legal Gymnastics

On April 8, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation recognized as constitutional the 2012 amendments to the federal laws “On non-commercial organizations” and “On public associations”—the notorious “law on foreign agents.” IMR advisor Ekaterina Mishina comments on the ruling of the Constitutional Court and the court’s legal stance with regard to these amendments.

 
Dual Citizenship Check
Written by Ekaterina Mishina

Dual Citizenship Check

On March 31, 2014, Deputy Andrei Lugovoy, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, introduced a bill to the State Duma making the failure to provide information about foreign citizenship (nationality) to immigration authorities a criminally liable offense. IMR Advisor Ekaterina Mishina analyzes this bill and comments on Russia’s history of parliamentary attempts to criminalize dual citizenship.

 
How to Regulate Separatism
Written by Alexander Podrabinek

How to Regulate Separatism

The lack of international regulation of separatist processes has resulted in a whole spectrum of interstate abuses, including the use by aggressive countries of separatist movements as a smokescreen for their objective of annexing neighboring territories. Russia’s behavior toward Crimea serves as a striking example of such an abuse. According to writer Alexander Podrabinek, the creation of an international convention on separatism could help the problem.

 
Russia's Political Prisoners: Denis Lutskevich
Written by Olga Khvostunova

Russia's Political Prisoners: Denis Lutskevich

The Institute of Modern Russia continues its series of publications on Russia’s political prisoners with a profile of Denis Lutskevich: student, former marine, and “Bolotnaya case” defendant. Today, April 11th, he turned 22.

 
The Czar’s Last Mistake, Part Two
Written by Alexander Yanov

The Czar’s Last Mistake, Part Two

The Institute of Modern Russia continues its series of articles by Alexander Yanov on the history of Russian nationalism. The current essay is published in two parts. In the first part, the author argues that Czar Nicholas I brought Russia to the outbreak of the fatal Crimean War of 1853–56. Part two explains why this war is portrayed as a “conspiracy against Russia” in Russian history textbooks.

 
Crimea Has Been Annexed. What’s Next?
Written by Tatiana Stanovaya

Crimea Has Been Annexed. What’s Next?

The annexation of Crimea is now complete. Two entities, the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, have become part of Russia. However, the global community has not and will not recognize the annexation of the peninsula, carried out as it was “at gunpoint.” According to political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya, the key issue here is not Russia’s isolation from the international community, but the long process the Kremlin faces in integrating the new territories into the state—a process that will be accompanied by various political, legal, financial, and economic problems.

 
Russia’s Political Prisoners: Alexey Gaskarov
Written by Boris Bruk

Russia’s Political Prisoners: Alexey Gaskarov

The Institute of Modern Russia continues its series of publications on Russia’s political prisoners with a profile of Alexey Gaskarov, an activist and a defendant in the Bolotnaya Square case. The pretrial hearing for his case is scheduled for April 14.

 
Afghanistan at a Crossroads
Written by Institute of Modern Russia

Afghanistan at a Crossroads

2014 is an important year for Afghanistan, as it marks the end of the Karzai era, with a new president slated to be elected on April 5. For the United States, 2014 marks the end of a military operation that began in Afghanistan in 2001. Afghanistan also remains an important issue for Russia, which recently commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Soviet forces’ withdrawal from that country. As Harriman Institute visiting scholar Daria Mattis points out, the upcoming elections are of critical importance to the future of the Afghan state.

 
Ukraine Crisis: The U.S. Pushes Back
Written by Donald N. Jensen

Ukraine Crisis: The U.S. Pushes Back

On March 20, U.S. president Barack Obama expanded economic sanctions against Russia following the annexation of Crimea. Donald N. Jensen, resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, points out that so far, the West’s policy has been one of bureaucratic compromise, and it will only become effective if sanctions tighten enough to turn Putin’s inner circle against him.