Mark Galeotti

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  • Dec 3, 2021
    Over the past month, as thousands of migrants gathered on Belarus’s border with Poland and tried to cross into the European Union, some European leaders accused Belarusian...
  • Nov 5, 2021
    There has been a change in the Russian president’s thinking that forms an interesting case study of policymaking in such a personalized and centralized system.
  • Oct 21, 2021
    You should be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it, so the old cliché goes. In diplomacy at the moment, it seems you should be careful of the threats...
  • Sep 16, 2021
    The current electoral process, however rigged and policed, will help the next generation to shape Russia.
  • Aug 18, 2021
    For observers in Ukraine, which looks to the US as a key ally in its undeclared seven-year war with Russia, the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan represents a particularly ominous...
  • Aug 16, 2021
    The arrest of David Smith in Berlin appears to show that there are more than a few in the West who see something genuinely admirable in Russia — or at the very least something...
  • Aug 10, 2021
    The Kremlin is abandoning attempts to cosplay democracy and relying more openly on the suppression of any critical voices, including the KPRF. 
  • Jul 12, 2021
    As US and British forces pull out of Afghanistan, further victims of the ‘grave of empires’, Russia is experiencing a mix of satisfaction, exasperation and...
  • Jul 8, 2021
    When you have already forced a plane down with spurious claims of a bomb threat, just to arrest one dissident journalist, where do you go from there? For the Belarusian dictator...
  • Jul 8, 2021
    Russia's new National Strategy regards not just foreign countries as a threat, but the very processes reshaping the modern world.
  • Jun 14, 2021
    It is not that American policy should be subordinated to Putin’s emotional neuralgias, but Biden should at least know what he is dealing with.
  • May 4, 2021
    A regime that for twenty years sought to be an exemplar of a kind of “hybrid authoritarianism,” seems to be seeking to get back to basics.
  • Apr 20, 2021
    It is hard to know what is most surprising about the fatal depot story: the timing, the scale of the Czech response, or the operation itself.
  • Feb 17, 2021
    Can Navalny's organisation develop from anti-corruption activism into a broader movement, learning from Belarus?
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Opinion | The continued presentation of a Russian threat that is both outsized and out of control is profoundly problematic for the West itself.
  • Jan 6, 2021
    In an increasingly unpredictable world, the Kremlin is choosing to go on the defensive.