What could the Navalny case change for Russia?

Since 17 January, more than 10,000 people have been arrested by the Russian authorities for taking part in demonstrations and political actions related to the Navalny case. This significant deployment of silovikis (law enforcement agencies) may seem impressive at first glance. But what does such use of repressive forces mean? Is the Kremlin that intimidated …

The Geopolitics of the Russian COVID-19 Vaccine

When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had developed an effective coronavirus vaccine in August of last year, the response from many Western nations was skeptical at best, and quite often outright dismissive. This initially seemed to be the logical perspective, given that the Russian’s vaccine was the first to be released, despite not …

Why Russia is not a threat to the European Union

In 2016 two events greatly shaped and, to some extent, destabilised the world we live in: the American Presidential election in November and the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom in June. Both events have faced credibility challenges, with observers arguing that both political campaigns have been mined by lies and deception tactics[1]. Political thinkers …