Comrade Putin’s Sexennial Plan

Reading this 13-page document, it is difficult not to be reminded of the Soviet five-year plans inaugurated by Stalin in 1929.

The Quarrels of the Russian Opposition

A new documentary, produced by Alexeï Navalny's Anti-Corruption Fund and devoted to the Yeltsin period, has sparked contrasting reactions. This intense controversy reveals a lot about the state of mind of Russian society.

The Russian State in the Face of Terrorism

While continuing to accuse Ukraine and its Western “sponsors” of being behind the Crocus City Hall attack, the Russian leadership is strengthening its anti-terrorist repression… against its own political opponents.

Thoughts on the Crocus City Hall Attack

The scale and atrocity of the Krasnogorsk attack shook the world, bringing back bloody images of other mass killings around the globe. Yet 48 hours later we remain dumbfounded. Without questioning the Afghan branch of Islamic State’s claim to have carried out this terror act, we cannot but reflect...

The Time for Courage

Faced with the now massive war launched by Putin against Ukraine, it would be a disaster to give the head of the Kremlin today the spectacle of our irresolution and weakness. The crisis in which we now find ourselves was built on our successive surrenders. Today, Westerners must rediscover...

Putin’s use of Force in Distant Central Asia Will Have Consequences in Europe

The dispatch of troops to Kazakhstan from the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) is a game-changer for the entire Soviet space and probably beyond. The statutes of this organization, founded in 2002, say it can send troops to respond to external...

They Tortured Raman: Will European and American Leaders be up to the Challenge of History?

Raman Protasevich was kidnapped by the Belarusian security services in an act of air piracy that must be considered a terrorist action. Shortly after his arrest, the dictator’s official television station broadcast the first video of Roman, who was exhausted and visibly tortured, like almost all the prisoners in...

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