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Analyses | | Maria Domańska, Jadwiga Rogoża

On 7–13 March, the Russian parliament passed two acts, thus marking another stage in restricting the freedom of speech in the Russian Internet (Runet).

OSW Commentary | | Jadwiga Rogoża

In 2018, a distinct downward trend began to emerge in public support for the Russian authorities – the president, government, and other political institutions…

Analyses | | Agata Łoskot-Strachota

On 20 February, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU Council (COREPER) endorsed a compromise version of the amendments to the gas directive which had been agreed a week earlier during the tripartite ‘…

Analyses | | Iwona Wiśniewska, Jadwiga Rogoża, Witold Rodkiewicz, Maria Domańska

On 20 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his annual address to the Federal Assembly (the combined chambers of parliament). The President’s speech was short and…

OSW Commentary | | Jan Strzelecki

Russia is among the countries with the highest number of prisoners. Hundreds of thousands of inmates are supervised by an elaborate apparatus of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). This extended system is used as a tool for…

Analyses | | Iwona Wiśniewska

The growing internal crisis in Venezuela, which could lead to a change of power in the country, has placed Russia in a difficult situation. Under the populist dictatorship…

Analyses | | Marek Menkiszak

On 2 February, during a meeting with defence minister Sergei Shoigu and foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, President Vladimir Putin announced the decision to suspend…

OSW Commentary | | Witold Rodkiewicz

Russia’s relations with Iran are almost entirely based on geopolitical assumptions. Both states are interested in weakening the position the United States holds in the region; both have a common enemy in…

OSW Commentary | | Szymon Kardaś, Agata Łoskot-Strachota, Sławomir Matuszak

On 21 January another round of trilateral gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union was held in Brussels. This meeting mainly concerned the new Russian-Ukrainian transit contract; the transit contract…

Analyses | | Witold Rodkiewicz

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s efforts since 2013 to resolve the territorial dispute with Russia over the Kuril Islands, and as a consequence to sign a peace treaty, have…