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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

The persistent Western denial of Ukraine’s European identity and its consequences

Western perceptions of Ukraine have been influenced by Russian “imperial knowledge”. The long non-recognition of Ukraine’s Europeanness by Europe has strengthened Russian ambitions.

Read More 10 March 2024 | 5:00 am

De-Stalinization and de-Putinization

The Russian Electoral Commission did not validate the candidacy of Boris Nadezhdin. But the emergence of such a candidate is symptomatic. The atmosphere in Russia in recent months is strikingly reminiscent of that at the end of Stalin’s rule.

Read More 12 February 2024 | 5:00 am

Ukraine’s dark clouds – and a silver lining?

By the end of last year, international news on Ukraine began increasingly to look like obituaries. “Kyiv on edge,” “Ukraine’s grim prospects,” “Ukraine braces for political disaster,” “Ukraine’s nightmare scenario is now a reality”: these are just a few headlines…

Read More 28 January 2024 | 5:00 am

Where is the Will of the West?

The West and Ukraine had everything they needed to win: economic resources far superior to Russia’s, a technological edge in military capabilities, and last but not least, the international law on their side. Despite this, Putin now believes he has the wind in his sails, to the extent that he no longer conceals his unchanged ambitions for Ukraine and beyond. How did we get to this point?

Read More 4 January 2024 | 5:00 am

Maria Vassilievna Rozanova: a Major Figure of Russian Literature and Dissidence

It is not easy to profile Maria Vassilievna Rozanova (1930, Vitebsk - 2023, Fontenay-aux-Roses), a publisher, author, art historian, architect, jeweler and fashion designer. This valiant, brilliant and unclassifiable woman was a key figure in Russian intellectual life and a great mind.

Read More 19 December 2023 | 5:00 am

Neither Moralistic nor Quixotic, Support for Ukraine is a Political and Moral Imperative

We all know how defeatists exploit the recent comments of General Valery Zaluzhny, the Ukrainian Chief of Staff, who spoke of a possible strategic impasse in the absence of a qualitative leap in military technology.

Read More 6 December 2023 | 5:00 am

Ukraine’s War and Challenges of Decolonization

Why western “political realists” are wrong about the nature of the Russian-Ukrainian war which is in fact a “culture war”, and is all about history and identity. In fact, this war has shaken the academic world, writes one of the best Ukrainian political analysts, Mykola Riabchuk.

Read More 14 November 2023 | 5:00 am

Would Brussels Fall for Russia’s Trick of Obfuscated Political Reality in Georgia?

While Europeans saw the failure of the attempt to depose the Georgian president as “a victory for Georgia's European future”, Jaba Devdariani shows, with facts to back it up, that it was in fact a maneuver by the Georgian government to conceal an otherwise serious affair of collusion by the ruling Georgian Dream party with the FSB.

Read More 14 November 2023 | 5:00 am

Why the Anti-jewish Riots in the North Caucasus?

The pogrom at Makhachkala airport in Dagestan (southern Russia) took the world by surprise. How should we interpret this event? Was it spontaneous, or did the Russian authorities manipulate it to send messages to the West and Israel?

Read More 1 November 2023 | 5:00 am

Why Putin Chooses Chaos

On October 5, 2023, Vladimir Putin delivered a lengthy speech to the plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club. Françoise Thom analyzes this speech, which unambiguously sets out the Kremlin's global aspirations, and identifies its main ingredients.

Read More 20 October 2023 | 4:00 am

The Second Front

Historian Françoise Thom says, Russia barely gave in on its original plan to settle a pro-Russian government in Kyiv.

Read More 6 September 2023 | 4:00 am

When Russia “helps” Africa

The African summit in St. Petersburg was not a great success. But Vladimir Putin was able to harangue to his heart's content.

Read More 3 August 2023 | 4:00 am

Confusion in the Kremlin

Since the Prigozhin mutiny, confusion reigns at the top of the Russian state and among the population: the head of Wagner, sometimes accused, sometimes pardoned, negotiating with Putin, keeping his money and leaving for Belarus to reconstitute his private army

Read More 30 July 2023 | 4:00 am

Russia: the end of Consensus

According to historian Françoise Thom, the almost monolithic appearance of Putin's system is no cause for complacency. The policy of breaking away from Europe lies at the heart of the rift between two groups of the elite.

Read More 27 July 2023 | 4:00 am

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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

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

 A newly launched Russian spy satellite may be tasked with stalking one of its American counterparts. The Russian satellite, known as Kosmos 2558 (opens in new tab), was rumored to be an "inspector" craft even before it lifted off on Monday

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