Russia // Analysis

30 march 2016

Improvement of EEU-EU Relations: Grab the Chance, While It Is Still There


On March 24, 2016, RIAC together with the EU Delegation in Russia and Moscow’s Embassy to the Netherlands held a seminar on the prospects for relations between Russia and the EU. The high level expert discussion focused on the Five Principles of Russia-EU Relations, adopted in Brussels and met in Moscow with a critical eye. RIAC asked some of the participants to share their insights on the prospects for relations between the EEU and the EU.

27 november 2015

UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris – Destined to Fail or Succeed?

Yulia Yamineva PhD University of Cambridge, Researcher, Centre for Energy, Climate and Environmental Law, University of Eastern Finland; consultant at the International Institute for Sustainable Development


Climate change is high on the global policy agenda. Not only this is a priority area for the UN and its Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; political, business and religious leaders, including Pope Francis, have joined the plea to take action on slowing down global warming. Despite recent terror attacks in Paris, leaders of more than 120 nations are expected to flock into the French capital in late November for a final act in the multi-year negotiation process on a new UN treaty on climate change.

26 june 2015

He will be dearly missed

Madeleine Albright U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001


I was saddened to learn of the passing of Yevgeny Primakov. I worked very closely with him when he served as Russia’s Foreign Minister and Prime Minister. Yevgeny was a staunch defender of his country’s interests, and he was also a pragmatic diplomat who saw new opportunities for Russia to partner with the West after the end of the Cold War. I considered him a good friend, and I send my condolences to his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

26 june 2015

Oligarchs and Kleptocrats: Russian Business through Western eyes

Kristian Wilson Senior Associate, Bedell Cristin, Singapore


Academic studies on the social effects of risk have examined how risk impacts on corporations. The perception of risk spawns behavioral responses, which in turn have secondary impacts on business, including stigmatization, loss of sales, regulatory constraints, litigation and investor flight. This is relevant to Russia because Western perceptions of Russian business are predominantly concerned with risk. Whenever Russian business is discussed in Western media, the reportage is tinctured with fear and threat. Russian business is ascribed with notions of corruption, criminality or dark political intent. Russia is seen as a risk.

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18 may 2015

Alexei Venediktov: Russia Weakened by Absence of Competition and Isolation


In our column Viewpoint, we present an interview with Alexei Venediktov, Editor-in-Chief of radio station Echo of Moscow, about Internet technologies in radio, the latest Russian trends and combining expertise and journalism.

07 may 2015

World War II and Change of Generations: Trauma, Myth, and Memory

Larisa Smirnova PhD in Political Science, Senior researcher at CEMI RAS, RIAC expert


On May 9, 2015, Russia will hold celebrations in memory of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War (in Europe). Even the youngest veterans are approximately ninety years old now. It seemed reasonable to expect, optimistically, that the change of generations would bring appeasement to the traumas of war, and that the new generation will cherish the peace with renewed efforts. However, the celebration that takes place amid the Ukrainian crisis and the reluctance of many of the world leaders to take part in the traditional Red Square parade in Moscow turns out to be the most controversial one ever.

14 april 2015

Irina Khakamada: We Are Mature Enough to Play by Transparent Rules


Irina Khakamada, one of Russia’s most prominent female liberal politicians, met RIAC website editor Maria Smekalova to share her views on the future of Russian liberalism, offer her scenario for resolving the Ukraine crisis and unveil the secrets behind negotiating successfully with foreigners.

11 march 2015

Valery Fedorov: "We Live during a Time of General Distrust"


This Viewpoint column showcases the insights of Valery Fedorov, Director of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM), who spoke with RIAC Web Portal Editor Maria Smekalova about the credibility of polls, Russia’s enemies and the role of the media and social networks in shaping the views of Russians, as well as the latter’s attitudes towards the authorities and international issues.

24 july 2014

The Future of Russia's Naval Aviation

Ilya Kramnik Head of Defense and Security Desk at, RIAC expert


Historically, the marine forces have always been politically more essential vis-à-vis other services, approaching in significance to strategic nuclear forces that have emerged only in the modern times. Hence, rearmament and reorganization of the navy is a concern for all major powers including Russia. As for naval aviation, a key navy component, its development may describe military plans of a state in much greater detail than any other process.

21 july 2014

Perpetuating the memory of the “forgotten war” and dilemmas of Russian political identity

Olga Malinova Dr. of Philosophy, Senior Research Fellow RAS INION, Professor, MGIMO University, Professor, Higher School of Economics, Honorary President, Russian Political Science Association


In recent years, the Russian authorities have been referring more and more often to the country’s “thousand-year-old history”. Not only does this formula set a chronological framework, but it also distils the principle of the narrative enunciated by the state leaders, that is, the historical scheme into which concrete events are fitted. This provides the context of the recent decisions aimed at reviving the memory of World War I.

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