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Russia

Reason in a world of lies

The Peace Prize: Nobel Peace Prize is important enough that even the Kremlin felt compelled to praise the Nobel Peace Prize to Dmitri Muratov.

Russia without Putin

Tony Wood: Russia Without Putin: Money, Power and the Myths of the Cold War

RUSSIA: One day Putin will leave the Kremlin – but that will not change anything, writes Tony Wood in his book on power and continuity in today's Russia, where he attacks several well-known myths.

The art of keeping the people down

Günter Frankenberg: Authoritarianism. Constitutional theoretical perspectives

THE AUTHORITY: Authoritarian leaders only follow the Constitution as long as they profit from it.

On paved paths

COMMENT:: Could our military and political leaders wake up and take action against a fate far more serious than the pandemic that has hit the world?

An extraordinary and endangered life

Alexei Vakhrushev: The Book of the Sea (Kniga morya)

YUPIK-INUITTER: The Book of the Sea is a mesmerizingly beautiful close-up study of a way of life that disappears in step with the melting of the poles, and shows a side of Russia we have hardly seen before.

Heroic sacrifice for the motherland

Ksenia Okhapkina: Immortal

RUSSIA: The idea of ​​serving the motherland is still relevant as a tool for indoctrination.

The Church and the military

Dmitry Adamsky: Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy. Religion, Politics, and Strategy

RUSSIA: Did the annexation of Crimea really come from religious circles? Membership of the Russian Orthodox Church promotes military careers.

Deputy wars' hidden interests

Eli Berman, David A. Lake: Proxy Wars. Suppressing Violence through Local Agents

: PROXY WARS: The United States and Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia have an indirect involvement in conflicts that are something quite different from conventional warfare.

Herzog: "Facts do not constitute the truth"

DUKE: The acclaimed German film director Werner Herzog talks about his latest film Meeting Gorbachev and warns against expressing the truth in precise terms.

Russia's problems with the transition of power

Ekaterina Schulmann: The Russian Political System in Transition

NERVOUS ELITE: The Russian elite is preparing for a change of power in 2024. The elite is struggling with declining legitimacy among ordinary people, but so far the people's dissatisfaction is reflected in apathy.

Inept leaders

ESSAY: Why are these overgrown leaders so hairy – like China, Russia, and America under Trump?

Can the INF agreement be saved by extension?

DISARMAMENT: With the Trump administration's termination of the INF agreement, the world seems to be losing an important framework for weapons control and nuclear disarmament. The danger of new rearmament is immediate. But what if the agreement is continued in a new and more ambitious version?