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Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, are never far from the headlines. To add context to Moscow’s internal politics and international exploits, our editors compiled a paywall-free reading list on Russia in the post-Soviet era:
.@mkimmage writes that many Russia observers focus on the post-Soviet state’s grip on society but often miss its popular foundation—and how elements of Russian society enabled Putin’s rise.…
As long as Putin remains in power, changing Russia from the outside will be close to impossible. Washington’s strategy needs to recognize this reality, writes @McFaul.…
For centuries, Russia has held geopolitical ambitions that exceed its capabilities. President Vladimir Putin’s attempts to secure Moscow a prominent place on the world stage follow this historical pattern, writes Stephen Kotkin.…
Having spent decades pushing east into Russia’s natural sphere of interest, Washington and its European allies share much of the responsibility for the Ukraine crisis, writes John Mearsheimer.…
In the United States, confrontational rhetoric and policies toward Russia—coming from both sides of the aisle—often ignore reality and preclude a more productive approach, writes @EmmaMAshford.…
If the Kremlin wishes to move past Russia’s tsarist and Soviet history, it will have to rein in the seemingly untrammeled power of the country’s security services, write @AndreiSoldatov and @irinaborogan.…
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