The war has brought Russians not so much poverty as a return to the past


Sergei Shelin

On profound material changes in Russia: the prosperity of the beneficiaries of militarization, the decline of the middle classes, and the steady restoration of late-Soviet domestic practices.

Putin’s Russia can take a lot more losses than it has already


Sergei Shelin

Though the number of Russian dead in Ukraine is already higher than the Afghan and Chechen wars, the Kremlin is not facing pressure to change course.

Russia as the last refuge of "normal"


Mark Lipovetsky

On a new series of comedic shorts titled Out Loud, modeled on a Soviet-era satirical film anthology in which plots are tinged with a fear of anything new, with the ghost of the dangerous Other looming in the backdrop.

Contemporary Russian authors on evil as the new good


Yuri Saprykin

On how post-Soviet Russian literature has borrowed from popular works of modern Western literature to create its own vision of the good and evil divide.

Public politics in the wartime Russian dictatorship


Julian G. Waller

While Russia has not fallen down the totalitarian path, the political dynamics playing out in the public eye are hardly uniform and reflect real claims to power and influence.

Putin’s War and the Dangers of Russian Disintegration


Marlene Laruelle

Hoping for Russia’s disintegration is a policy mistake which may result in dramatic situations and is based on a reductionist view of the complexity of Russia’s constituencies.

Reservoir for resilience: Why Russians do not see 2022 as a disaster


Denis Volkov

How Russians have adapted to wartime? Staying out of politics, withdrawing into private life, and focusing on everyday problems are the key strategies common people have used to keep their distance from the conflict.

New activists or new ‘common folk?’ The evolution of political activism among Russian anti-war emigrants


Margarita Zavadskaya

On the new Russian emigrants, the civic and political initiatives they are engaged in, their ties and attachment to Russia, and their vision of its future.

“The russian man does not beat his head against the state – that is a useless exercise”


Natalia Zubarevich

An interview with Natalya Zubarevich on why the decline of Russian economy has turned out smaller than expected, why unemployment has not risen, and who the state is supporting.

The war in Ukraine, open source investigation and the potential for “digital fieldwork” in geopolitics


Kevin Limonier

The war in Ukraine shows that a more systematic approach of OSINT methods is a necessity for academic researchers dealing with empirical data from the field.

Anti-War Civic Mobilization in Russia


Evgenia Olimpieva, Irina Olimpieva

and Masha Galenko

Evidence of Russian ‘stealth resistance’ to the war in Ukraine — including acts of sabotage, resistance art and other forms of activism.

Culturalizing the Nation: A Quantitative Approach to the Russkii/Rossiiskii Semantic Space in Russia’s Political Discourse


Marlene Laruelle, Ivan Grek

and Sergey Davydov

A pioneering research quantifying the deployment of rossiiskii and russkii in three datasets: presidential speeches, Duma stenograms, and the global Russian media realm.

Decoding Putin’s Speeches: The Three Ideological Lines of Russia’s Military Intervention in Ukraine


Marlene Laruelle and Ivan Grek

How Putin’s February speeches have confirmed a narrative legitimizing the military intervention in Ukraine along three key ideological lines: a historical one, an ethnic one and a political one.