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Other Media

'A Sense Of Panic' May Force Putin To Sack His Government

featuring Michael McFaulvia Business Insider
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Michael McFaul, former US ambassador to Moscow, told CNBC that there is "a sense of panic among [Russia's] elites right now" that could lead Russia's President Vladimir Putin to change his government.

Interviews

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (10:26)

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Research Fellow Paul Gregory discusses the Russian economy on the John Batchelor Show.

Putin
Interviews

Michael McFaul on CNBC

interview with Michael McFaulvia CNBC
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Senior Fellow Michael McFaul discusses Vladimir Putin's politics in the wake of Russian economic distress on CNBC.

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Ruble Hits New Low--Putin Can't Keep His Promise To Russian People

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Russia’s central bank waited until the early morning hours to raise its interest rate from 10.5% to a whopping 17.5% to encourage citizens to hold rubles and foreigners to buy rubles. Rather than building confidence, markets interpreted the move as panic.

Featured Commentary

The Battle For German Public Opinion: The Russia/Ukraine Narrative

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, December 15, 2014

Putin’s propaganda machine is fighting a desperate PR battle—at home and abroad—for control of the narrative of its war against Ukraine.

Interviews

Mark Harrison on "More or Less"

interview with Mark Harrisonvia BBC World Service
Monday, December 15, 2014

Research Fellow Mark Harrison discusses 1920's Soviet Russia on BBC World Service's More or Less.

One of the “kill teams” employed by Moscow in the bloody suppression of the 1924
Blogs

Was The Soviet 1923 Male Birth Cohort Doomed By World War II?

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tim Harford's BBC Radio programme "More or Less" asked me to comment on a claim that is widely repeated on the internet, for example on Buzzfeed:

Featured Commentary

Peace In Ukraine By Appeasing Putin? Refuting The Ill-Informed Proposal

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Two Washington policy wonks propose an appeasement policy that would doom Ukraine and give Putin a huge victory over the West, while offering no tangible benefits. Their “win-win-win” policy is based on a fundamental lack of understanding of the Kremlin.

Other Media

Should Ukraine Rewrite History And Reacquire Nuclear Weapons? No And No.

mentioning George P. Shultz, Henry A. Kissinger, William J. Perry, Sam Nunnvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Twenty years ago in Budapest, Hungary, leaders of the United States, Russia, Britain and Ukraine signed a memorandum on nuclear weapons and Ukrainian security. It committed Ukraine to remove nuclear arms from its territory and join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as a nonnuclear-weapon state — the last former Soviet republic to make that pledge.

Featured Commentary

Putin's New Weapon In The Ukraine Propaganda War: Internet Trolls

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The internet troll army’s selling of the Kremlin’s parallel universe to the Russian people and to a  skeptical Western audience is a matter of life and death for the Putin regime.  If the Russian people do not buy their story, Putin loses the high “ratings” on which his regime rests. If he cannot convince his Western audience, Europe and the United States will take actions that spoil his Novorossiya ventures and threaten his regime.  Trolling is a high stakes business that Putin takes seriously and the West must not underestimate.  

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