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Planet Moscow

Comments and analysis of Moscow’s foreign policy and developments in the “post-Soviet space”


The Russian government is taking new steps to monitor citizens online.


The Kremlin is using atomic energy cooperation to coax and coerce.


What the results of a recent poll tell about re-Stalinization in post-Soviet Russia.


The Russian government is using “reconciliation” to avoid real discussion of the past.


Russia’s big energy projects make no economic sense, but they serve a political purpose.


Building resilience is the best way to counter Russian attempts to undermine Western democracy.


Moscow has had an expensive makeover while the regime ossifies.

A Russian and a Ukrainian historian discuss diverging views of a shared past.


A KGB Christmas card has found its way to our offices.


The hard line on Vladimir Putin is weakening, in Germany and elsewhere.


With Nord Stream 2 Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is nearing his goal of cutting Ukraine out of the gas supply picture.


Russia’s actions in Syria make a bad situation worse.


There are growing signs that an armistice is taking hold in eastern Ukraine. It would be no victory for Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s undeclared hybrid war, though.


Russia’s President has used Europe’s dependence on Russian gas as a powerful geopolitical lever. But energy geopolitics is a risky game, especially with Brussels now poised to take advantage of opportunities to permanently slash Gazprom’s market share.


Don’t fall for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear grandstanding: economically, he has his back to the wall. The deployment of US troops and heavy weapons in Eastern Europe would only play into his hands.


No, the West has not (yet) lost Ukraine, and the fragile Minsk truce and Western sanctions on Moscow have not (yet) failed. But Vladimir Putin’s 19th-century fixation on national military greatness may yet spoil attempts to stabilize the situation.