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Analyses | | Maria Domańska

Runoffs in which heads of the regions (governors) are elected were held in Russia on 16 and 23 September. The vote in the first round did not decide on the winners in four out of the twenty-two regions in which the governors were…

Analyses | | Jadwiga Rogoża

On 14 September, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church suspended its working relations with Constantinople in response to Ukraine’s expected autocephaly.

OSW Commentary | | Iwona Wiśniewska, Jadwiga Rogoża

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has become the most expensive World Cup in history, with its cost standing at more than US$ 13 billion.

Analyses | | Witold Rodkiewicz, Michał Bogusz

The 4th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok was principally the setting for a meeting between Vladimir Putin and the leaders of China, Japan, Mongolia and South Korea.

Analyses | | Agata Łoskot-Strachota

On 5 September, the Nord Stream 2 company began laying the first pipes in the Gulf of Finland, thus marking the start of the gas pipeline’s construction. 

Analyses | | Jadwiga Rogoża

On 29 August, Vladimir Putin gave a televised address in which he presented a rationale for implementing the reform raising the retirement age.