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Planet Moscow

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


Poland won’t exactly be getting the “Fort Trump” it wanted. But NATO’s robust force posture in the East, like Russia’s, still risks being misinterpreted. 


Russia’s president has played a weak hand quite cleverly on the global stage, says Russia expert Angela Stent.


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.