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Anna Arutunyan is a Russian-American journalist and the author of The Putin Mystique. A former fellow at the Kennan Institute in Washington, she currently lives and writes in Moscow.
Russia’s legal-rational establishment has yet to emerge. But the rise of Alexei Navalny demonstrates that when it does, it will inevitably be nationalist.
Russian society tries to keep its nerve. The Kremlin thrives on it, the papers amplify it—but nobody can quite control this profound paranoia.
In the town where the Oscar-nominated Leviathan was shot, locals are ambivalent about the film that purports to reflect their lives.
There have been protests in the capital. Could Moscow really go the way of Kyiv – bring down the president and install a less authoritarian government?
Putin’s speech to the Valdai Club on 24 October shows he no longer believes in the old international rules.
Moscow's peace march was a demonstration against war, and a declaration of a tacit middle-class war with the Kremlin.