Russian Analytical Digest (RAD)
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).
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No. 293: How to Study Russia

The articles in this issue of the RAD explore transformations of the Russian Studies field. Some of these were already under way before Russia’s full-​scale invasion of Ukraine but have been accelerated by the war and its impact on the field. The approaches identified here include the need for a thicker conceptualization of Russia that gives the floor to more interpretative methods and seeks to refine existing approaches; an expansion of the tools used to study Russia, including digital techniques and open-​source data; and the need for horizontal cooperation platforms to deal with the new Iron Curtain.

No. 292: The value of public opinion polls Russian Analytical Digest

This issue focuses on the methodological challenges of wartime polling. Denis Volkov engages with criticisms of Levada surveys. Bryn Rosenfeld answers four questions about wartime surveys. Jeremy Morris challenges the very existence of public opinion. Heiko Pleines introduces Discuss Data’s collection of open-​access raw opinion data. Anna Biriukova discusses wartime polling by Aleksei Navalny’s Anti-​Corruption Foundation. Elena Koneva and Alexander Chilingaryan highlight how the sociology of war is crucial for policymakers. Aleksei Minialo reflects on activist polling. Finally, Emil Kamalov, Ivetta Sergeeva, Margarita Zavadskaya, and Veronica Kostenko discuss their original panel survey data of the most recent wave of emigration.
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