Andrei Kolesnikov

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Putin is losing the battle for Russia’s future

Commentary / World Mar 2, 2021

Putin is losing the battle for Russia’s future

Since Russians began protesting opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s imprisonment, the security forces have apparently had carte blanche to arrest demonstrators — and they have done so by the thousands. If Russians so much as honk their car horns in solidarity with the protesters, they ...

Commentary / World Jun 7, 2016

The secret of Putin's survival

Crimea's "return" to Russian control had a profound effect on public sentiment — one that seems to have strengthened Vladimir Putin's grip on power, even as Russia faces deepening political and economic challenges.