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Pension Reform in Russia: Far From Forgotten

Much of the recent focus on Russia has been on the World Cup and the Helsinki Summit, but Russians domestically have not forgotten about the government’s controversial ongoing pension reform plan. The population is extremely unhappy with the proposal to raise the pension age from... MORE

Putin Names FSB Officer to be New Ambassador to Belarus

Since 1991, Moscow has generally been careful to send Russian ambassadors with impeccable diplomatic credentials to the post-Soviet states. Nevertheless, many non-Russians have still suspected some of these diplomats of being officers of the Federal Security Service (FSB—one of the main successor agencies of the... MORE

New US Sanctions Dive Into Russian Tech

Only hours after United States President Donald Trump suggested Moscow should be admitted back into the G7, the US Treasury Department levied new sanctions against Russian businesses (, June 11). The latest sanctions include five high-technology companies. Most of them fall under the umbrella of... MORE