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Russia’s Middle Eastern policy
OSW Studies | | Witold Rodkiewicz

Russia’s policy in the Middle East is part of a broader strategy aimed at creating an international order in which Russia would be protected against Western interference in its internal affairs and stand on an equal footing with the United States.

Putin’s Cossacks
Point of View | | Jolanta Darczewska

Russia’s Cossacks evoke extreme opinions among observers: some see them as a marginal social phenomenon, a kind of political folklore; others as a morally and physically healthy part of the nation, a pillar of the modern paramilitary formations which defend the national and cultural borders of the Russian Federation. 

Polityka regionalna Kremla – rok dymisji gubernatorów
OSW Commentary | | Maria Domańska

2017 has seen a wave of dismissals of the heads of Russia’s regions – the largest in the past five years. This is linked primarily to the preparations for the presidential election.

Ulyukaev is sentenced to 8 years in a penal colony
Analyses | | Iwona Wiśniewska

On 15 December, the district court in Moscow found Alexey Ulyukaev, the former Russian minister for economic development, guilty of accepting a bribe of US$2 million.

Analyses | | Anna Kwiatkowska-Drożdż

On 7th – 9th December the SPD held its convention in Berlin. Delegates reelected Martin Schulz as the party’s leader (with support at 82%). 

Analyses | | Józef Lang

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Greece on 6–7 December. This was the first visit of a Turkish president to this country since 1952.

Russia: growing influence in Egypt
Analyses | | Witold Rodkiewicz

Vladimir Putin visited Cairo on 11 December. The main effect of the visit was the signing of four contracts linked to the construction of the El Dabaa nuclear power plant. 

Putin for the fourth time. No vision, no hope | Photo credit: PAP/ KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / POOL
OSW Commentary | | Maria Domańska

On 6 December Vladimir Putin announced that he will run in the presidential election to be held  on 18 March 2018.

Analyses | | Artur Ciechanowicz

On 30th November the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, met with the leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD and urged them to form a grand coalition government.

Analyses | | Piotr Szymański

On 30th November the Danish parliament amended the law on the continental shelf in the section which concerns consent to lay pipelines and cables in Danish territorial sea.