- 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.
- Russia’s refusal to accept the post-1989 regional settlement is cultural and religious just as much as political, explains prof. Frank Sysyn.
- To craft a rational approach to Russia’s military threat, Europe first needs to come to terms with Vladimir Putin’s mindset, writes prof. Andrea Graziosi.
- As Vladimir Putin has made clear, a military intervention in Ukraine would be the direct consequence of Russia’s refusal to accept the post-1989 order, in political, security and even cultural-religious terms – writes prof. José Casanova in the introduction to our dedicated Dossier.
- The wife of jailed dissident Alexei Navalny is emerging as an increasingly popular figure in Russia’s opposition. Will she take up the role and openly defy the regime?
- Church and State have always been intertwined in Russia: under Tsarism God was inextricably linked to the Tsar. However recently all this has begun to change. Last year many Orthodox supporters took part in the pro democracy protests in Moscow: religious opposition to Putin is growing, there can be no doubt of that, but what this means for a government that is so intimately intertwined with the Russian Orthodox church is unclear.