The Russian Analytical Digest (RAD) analyzes recent events, trends and developments within contemporary Russian politics, economics and business, foreign policy, security and society.
Russian Analytical Digest (RAD)
Each issue of the Russian Analytical Digest contains original academic and policy-relevant research articles by authors from across the globe, along with topical statistical data, graphics, and opinion polls.
The series is produced by a partner network that includes the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich; the Research Centre for East European Studies (FSO) at the University of Bremen; the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University; the Center for Eastern European Studies (CEES) at the University of Zurich; and the German Association for East European Studies (DGO).
This edition focuses on the Wagner Group private military company, providing an update to our issue 290 on the same topic. This issue focuses on developments after the Wagner mutiny. First, Stephen Aris summarizes the context of the mutiny and its aftermath, then Andreas Heinemann-Grüder goes on to examine Wagner’s role in Russia’s political regime and the state’s attempts to regain control. Moreover, Niklas Masuhr examines Russia’s post-Prigozhin Footprint in Africa and Kimberly Marten looks at Russian Foreign Paramilitary Outfits beyond Wagner.
The topic of this issue is Opposition of Russian Society to the War: Firstly, Dmitrii Zhikharevich and Daria Savchenko draw on the sociology of scientific knowledge to analyze Russians’ preference for first-hand, factual knowledge; secondly, Irina Meyer-Olimpieva posits that Russian civil society persists and continues to develop at the grassroots level; lastly, Alexandra Arkhipova and Yuri Lapshin provide an overview of the context of ideology, censorship, and repression in Russia and describe the types of messages presented by the pieces included in the online exhibition „No Wobble – Russian anonymous street art against war”.