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OSW Commentary | | Maria Domańska, Piotr Żochowski
The presidential pseudo-election on 15–17 March was orchestrated to be an unequivocal triumph for Vladimir Putin, and as proof of allegedly overwhelming public support for his policies, including the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The…
Analyses | | Maria Domańska
Alexei Navalny, who died in a penal colony in mid-February, was buried at Borisov Cemetery in Moscow on 1 March. In connection with the funeral, Russian authorities implemented extraordinary security measures around the cemetery and the…
OSW Commentary | | Maria Domańska, Marek Menkiszak, Katarzyna Chawryło
On 16 February, the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service announced that Alexei Navalny, the leading figure of the Russian democratic opposition, had died in a penal colony. The circumstances of his death remain unclear, and the official…
Analyses | | Maria Domańska
Tucker Carlson, the US ultra-conservative political commentator and ardent supporter of Donald Trump, conducted an interview with Vladimir Putin which aired on the night of 8–9 February Polish time. Russian propaganda has given wide…
Analyses | | Maria Domańska
On 8 February, the Russian Central Electoral Commission refused to register Boris Nadezhdin as a candidate in the presidential election to be held on 15–17 March. The official reason behind this decision is that the validity of 15% of…
OSW Commentary | | Maria Domańska
In 2023, Russia has seen a spike in acts of destruction or removal from public space of monuments and symbols commemorating the victims of political repression, primarily Poles. This is connected with Russia’s full-scale assault on Ukraine…
OSW Commentary | | Maria Domańska, Stefan Ingvarsson
Russia is currently experiencing the largest wave of politically driven emigration in its modern history. Among the hundreds of thousands of migrants, a relatively small but active group of civic activists, politicians, journalists and…
OSW Commentary | | Maria Domańska, Iwona Wiśniewska, Piotr Żochowski
Although Kremlin propaganda has attempted to present the occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts as permanent elements of the Russian Federation (RF), Russia’s policy towards them has been characterised by violence and…
Analyses | | Maria Domańska
On 23 August, shortly after 6pm Moscow time, an Embraer Legacy 600 aircraft owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin’s company, which had been flying from Moscow to St Petersburg, crashed in Tver oblast. According to the Federal Air Transport Agency (…
OSW Report | | Maria Domańska
At present, Russia is experiencing the biggest wave of politically-motivated emigration in its modern history. Thousands of individuals (including oppositionists, activists, human rights defenders and independent journalists) were forced…