Before the death of political opponent Alexei Navalny in the penal colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence, Reset DOC reached Russian statistician Lev Gudkov. In the interview, a figure emerges: the arrest of 2 percent of the Russian elite around Vladimir Putin every year, a form of control that goes beyond dissidents and anti-war voices.
- Putin’s lack of reaction to Prigozhin’s June 23 “march for justice” may signal more than just an attempt to avoid a bloody conflict on the streets of Russia. The outward temerity of the Russian response could indicate that a real blow was dealt to Russian morale, however this could indicate more repressive measures to come from the Kremlin.
- A new crisis front is shaking Europe and threatens to definitively spark a conflict between Russia and Western countries. While in Ukraine the Russian army reports that is has conquered Severodonetsk and there is a resurgence of missile attacks on Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv, and most lately Kremenchuk, the tug-of-war currently taking place between Lithuania and the Russian Federation risks unpredictable consequences.
- Russia’s invasion of Ukraine marks the beginning of a new geopolitical era. Time to come to terms with it – writes historian Andrea Graziosi
- World-renowned philosopher Jürgen Habermas reflects on the West’s dilemma in framing its political and military response to Putin’s war on Ukraine
- Patriarch Kirill’s full embracing of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is fuelling an outright rebellion among priests and bishops – not just in Ukraine.
- Putin’s particular blend of civic and ethnic nationalism that has driven his expansionist territorial claims have no basis in international law and within Russia itself.
- For young Ukrainians, Russia represents authoritarianism and corruption, and Ukraine democratic and liberal values. Can they find an ally in Russian youth, wonders jounralist Nataliya Gumeniuk?
- The muscular fight around Ukraine’s possible accession to NATO is largely an artifiicial one, argues prof. Alexander Motyl.