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Category Archives: RSC Spotlight

January 11, 2017

Under the Aegis of the Foreign Ministry

Six months ago, Andrey Piontkovsky, in the course one of our conversations, came up with an unexpected hypothesis: that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had ‘spoiled’ Putin. Russian diplomats, in the political analyst’s opinion, are behind Putin’s anti-Americanism and anti-Westernism and, …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Spotlight
January 5, 2017

Age of Delirium

Not long ago, American scientists once again turned their attention to the case of Phineas P. Gage, whose strange fate raised the possibility that the brain contains a “moral center.”
On September 13, 1848, Gage, a 25-year-old construction foreman for the …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Spotlight
September 13, 2016

Event: ‘The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship Under Yeltsin and Putin’

TIME: 13:00-14:00, Tuesday 13th September 2016
VENUE: [Please note change in room] Committee Room 14, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKER: 
David Satter, Author, The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep; Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute; Fellow, The Johns Hopkins School of …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Event, Human Rights, RSC Event, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
May 17, 2016

Sergey Chemezov’s “Russian Vacuum Cleaner”

‘Putin’s cronies’ tend to be in the news over their ‘immoderate lifestyles’, the shock revelations being usually about palaces, villas, land holdings, yacht collections, vintage car fleets, fur coat depositories, offshore accounts and multi-billion dollar fortunes (all, no doubt, acquired …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Russia Studies Centre

An Eyewitness Account of Events in Odessa on 2 May 2014

On 2 May 2014, I reported live to an audience of some one million viewers. Just after 11 o’clock that night, I left the blackened Trade Union House with a clear sense that a terrible tragedy had taken place, and …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Russia Studies Centre
May 11, 2016

Degrees of Risk

Conflict with the government in power is never-ending. The less a regime is beholden to the community, the more grounds there will be for conflict. There have been variations. At one time, when there were tsars and nobles, popular discontent …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Russia Studies Centre
May 6, 2016

Space Exploration – Russian Style

Here a failure at the launch of a carrier rocket, there a satellite lost in orbit… What has happened to Russia’s space industry?
The chief spokesman on space is Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who has a degree in journalism from …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Russia Studies Centre, Technology
March 2, 2016

Gaydamak’s Empire and Prison

The latest episode in Gaydamak’s story occurred in November 2015, when he gave himself up to the gendarmerie in the Île-de-France, the region in which Paris is located, and was taken into custody.
“My client is embarking on a new stage …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Russia Studies Centre
February 24, 2016

Event Summary: ‘Ukraine and the EU: The Challenges and Opportunities of a Closer Political Relationship’

by Simas Celutka
On the 23rd of February, a delegation of five Ukrainian MPs took part in a panel discussion on ‘Ukraine and the EU: The Challenges and Opportunities of a Closer Political Relationship’. The event was chaired by Sir Gerald …

Posted in Event Summaries, RSC Event Summaries, RSC Spotlight, Russia Studies Centre, Spotlight
October 13, 2015

Event Summary: ‘Reforming Ukraine: the 2015 Regional Elections’

On the 13th October 2015, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to host ‘Reforming Ukraine: the 2015 Regional Elections’. Featuring Boryslav Bereza, member of the Ukrainian Parliament, and Yulia Osmolovska, Managing Partner at the Institute of Negotiation Skills.
Mr Bereza began …

Posted in Event Summaries, RSC Event Summaries, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Spotlight, Ukraine
July 17, 2015

Russia’s Abuse of Interpol

Despite Interpol’s commitment to neutrality and human rights, Russia’s Abuse of Interpol shows the extent to which the Kremlin cynically subverts the purpose of the international police cooperation body by using it as a tool to targetpersecute businessmen and businesswomen, …

Posted in Europe, Global, Human Rights, Policy Paper, RSC Policy Paper, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Spotlight
July 15, 2015

Tanks on Parade

This is the ninth in a series of guest publications and translations which The Henry Jackson Society is producing by arrangement with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. This publication was written by Vladimir Voronov, a Russian investigative journalist and translated by Arch Tait.
The …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Russia Studies Centre, Spotlight
June 18, 2015

Tough Times for Tough People: Crime and Russia’s Economic Crisis

This is the eighth in a series of guest publications and translations which The Henry Jackson Society is producing by arrangement with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. This publication was written by Mark Galeotti, Professor of Global Affairs at the Center for Global …

Posted in RFE/RL Translations, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Spotlight
June 17, 2015

West aids Russia’s targeting of political opponents

NEW HJS POLICY PAPER DETAILS HOW VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS EXTENDED LONG ARM OF RUSSIA’S LAW INTO WESTERN CAPITALS
Western law-enforcement agencies are complicit in Russia’s politically-motivated pursuit of opposition figures, reveals the latest report by the Russia Studies Centre at The …

Posted in RSC News Releases, RSC Spotlight
March 30, 2015

Event Transcript: ‘Russian Realities: Should we be Resetting Relations?’

This transcript has been re-released in tribute to Boris Nemtsov after his assassination in February 2015.
Boris Nemtsov
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
Chaired by Malcolm Rifkind MP
22 June 2009
 
TRANSCRIPT
 
Malcolm Rifkind MP
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Strange things happen. I wasn’t intending …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Event Transcript, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Spotlight, United Kingdom
March 18, 2015

How did Russia’s RNCB avoid Ukraine-related sanctions for so long?

Originally published in the Financial Times
Unwilling to go to war with Russia, the west’s main levers for persuading Vladimir Putin to back down over Ukraine are economic sanctions. Their importance was underscored last week, when the US announced new measures …

Posted in Economy, Opinion Editorial, RSC Editorial, RSC Spotlight, Russia, Spotlight, Ukraine