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Provides an informed view of today's Russian reality through analyses, decipherments and original information often from first hand, but also debates and positions Every week we wrap up the must-reads from our coverage of the Ukraine war, from news and features to analysis, visual guides and opinion 

Russians spend substantial amounts of time watching television news. The content of these programs offers a window into how people Europe's energy costs skyrocket, Russia is burning off large amounts of natural gas, according to analysis shared with BBC News

They Made Putinism: Gleb Pavlovsky, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in the Green Jacket (Second and Last Part)

Cécile Vaissié offers a new part of her soap opera. Gleb Pavlovski, whose itinerary is dissected in this essay, notably worked to elect the little-known chekist that was Putin and to create a “vertical of power”.

Read More 5 June 2023 | 4:00 am

NATO, the Only Real Guarantee of Security for a Free and Independent Ukraine

The lifting of the ban on the delivery of F-16 aircraft marks a new step in the strengthening of the Ukrainian army. It is brought up to standard with those of the main NATO member countries. Jean-Sylvestre Mongrenier's analysis.

Read More 2 June 2023 | 4:00 am

The Bakhmut Apocalypse

From the capture of Bakhmout by the militiamen of Prigojine, Jean-François Bouthors examines the symbolic meaning of this Pyrrhic victory. For him, the Wagner militia embodies a nihilism comparable only to the ideology of Al-Qaeda and Daesh.

Read More 27 May 2023 | 1:00 pm

The Toxic Spell of “Imperial Knowledge”

Ukrainian political scientist and thinker Mykola Ryabchuk explains how Russia’s imperial vision of Ukraine has penetrated deeply into Western society, how its most toxic myths and clichés have been uncritically accepted and normalized.

Read More 27 May 2023 | 1:00 pm

Yevgeny Prigojine’s Mania for Grandeur

This time, our cartoonist tackles the mania for grandeur of Putin’s “cook” who, according to rumours, was ready to divulge Russian military secrets to the Ukrainians in exchange for victory in Bakhmout.

Read More 27 May 2023 | 1:00 pm

They Made Putinism: Gleb Pavlovsky (1951-2023), the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in the Green Jacket

After her portrait of Vladislav Sourkov, the Kremlin's éminence grise, historian Cécile Vaissié offers Desk Russia the second part of her series “They made Putinism”.

Read More 22 May 2023 | 4:00 am

The Harmful Role of the Kremlin and Wagner in Sudan

From the beginning of the conflict between the two military leaders who exercise power in Sudan, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan "Hemedti" Dagolo, pro-Russian voices have supported the latter: Hemedti would not be involved with the Sudanese Islamists.

Read More 15 May 2023 | 4:00 am

A Geopolitical Mirage: the “De-westernization” of the World

Analyst and political philosopher Philippe de Lara examines the complexity of the notion of the "global South".

Read More 13 May 2023 | 5:04 pm

The Strategic and Geopolitical Limits of the Partnership Between Delhi and Moscow

India has gone from neutrality to "multi-alignment". It does not condemn the Russian aggression in Ukraine and rejects international sanctions.

Read More 13 May 2023 | 5:02 pm

Vladislav Surkov, the “Aesthete” of the Shadows

A great expert on post-Soviet Russia, Professor Cécile Vaissié offers *Desk Russie* the beginning of her series…

Read More 30 April 2023 | 4:00 am

When we Keep Neutral Despite Everything

Our cartoonist attacks the so-called neutral position of the "Global South" which stubbornly refuses to recognize the criminal nature of the war…

Read More 29 April 2023 | 4:00 am

From Belarus to Belorussia: the Resatellisation of a Former Soviet Republic

Since the worst cannot be ruled out, strategists need to “think the unthinkable”.

Read More 24 April 2023 | 4:00 am

Sanctions: Useless, Really?

Criticism mounts today in the West with the strong encouragement of Kremlin propaganda against the sanctions put in place following Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Read More 24 April 2023 | 4:00 am

“Vacation Camp”

This time, our cartoonist tackles the abduction of Ukrainian children by the Russian military…

Read More 5 March 2023 | 5:00 am

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Why is Russia burning off gas?

Supply was cut off for 10 days in July while the pipeline was undergoing annual maintenance, and while it has since resumed, the gas flow is running at a fifth of its capacity. Gazprom, Russia's state-controlled energy company, has cited faulty or delayed equipment as the main reason behind this

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What is the main news source in Russia?


Main sources of news in Russia 2022

For over 60 percent of Russians, television was the primary source of national and international news in June 2022. Social media were the second most popular channel, as 39 percent of survey participants mostly got news from there