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Alexander Morozov

Political Crisis in Belarus

In this September 2020 analysis, Free Russia Foundation’s Fellow Alexander Morozov chronicles the unraveling of the political crisis in Belarus unleashed by Lukashenka’s illegal efforts to hold on to power despite a broad national demand for change. Morozov describes the growth of the Belarus protest movement and traces the emergence and evolution of the Coordinating … Continue reading Political Crisis in Belarus

Michael Weiss, Pierre Vaux

The Company You Keep: Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Influence Operations in Africa

Yevgeny Prigozhin, or “Putin’s chef,” as he’s called in the press, is notorious for two things: dispatching Russian mercenaries into war zones and running a troll farm accused of interfering in democratic elections. This report by Michael Weiss and Pierre Vaux features new insights, including leaked materials from within Prigozhin’s own organization, into how his … Continue reading The Company You Keep: Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Influence Operations in Africa

Anton Shekhovtsov

The Kremlin’s Influence Quarterly #2

The second issue of The Kremlin’s Influence Quarterly continues investigating the malign influence of Putin’s Russia in the areas of the economy, media, religion, civil society, politics, and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following his essay on the Russian coronavirus-related aid to Italy published in the first issue of this journal, Dr. Anton Shekhovtsov looks … Continue reading The Kremlin’s Influence Quarterly #2

Global Financial Flows of Putin’s Russia

This report describes mechanisms and schemes used by Putin’s regime to finance its illegal activities around the world.

Alexey Kozlov

Effect of the Pandemic on NGO Activity

The coronavirus pandemic has continued to have an effect on numerous aspects of our lives. A large number of NGOs have also been affected by it.  A significant number of processes have gone online – seminars, conferences and presentations have been cancelled, postponed, or reformatted taking into account the new realities. A number of NGOs … Continue reading Effect of the Pandemic on NGO Activity

Владимир Жбанков

Война за гранью закона: операции пагубного влияния России в Испании

В данной статье рассматриваются основные политические условия российско-испанских политических и экономических отношений, их последствия и побочные эффекты

Vladislav Inozemtsev

AUTHORITARIAN RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC

The report focuses on 5 countries situated in Eurasia: China, Russia, Belarus, Iran, and Hungary, all of which are led by authoritarian leaders that possess robust state machinery for population control. On these 5 country cases, the report investigates whether there were any features in their response to the pandemic specific for autocratic regimes and what are the outcomes of their approaches.