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Hot Topics: society Putin’s Federal Assembly address shifts focus from foreign policy to society

Putin’s Federal Assembly address shifts focus from foreign policy to society

This week Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual address to the Russian Federal Assembly. According to analysts, the address could be a sign that Putin has reassessed his priorities in favor of social challenges

Hot Topics: foreign policy Why Putin didn't attend Castro's funeral

Why Putin didn't attend Castro's funeral

One of the most significant figures of the Cold War era has passed away, but it’s clear that Moscow and Washington are looking to the future rather than the past

Hot Topics: foreign policy What's next for Russia-US relations under Trump?

What's next for Russia-US relations under Trump?

The pre-election promises from U.S. President-elect Trump about Russia are no assurance of a healthy and sustainable relationship in the future, argue international experts in the new Russia Direct report

Hot Topics: Economy Key takeaways from this year's APEC Summit in Peru

Key takeaways from this year's APEC Summit in Peru

A cautious mood predominated at this year’s APEC summit, where participants reflected on the future of free trade in the region given the uncertainty surrounding a Donald Trump presidency

What Obama's foreign policy legacy means for Trump

What Obama's foreign policy legacy means for Trump

Opinion

Despite numerous claims within the American political and expert community that Barack Obama has been a weak president, this is not really the case. In eight years in office, Obama proved to be strong, decisive and, most importantly, consistent

Obama's legacy: Not that bad after all?

Obama's legacy: Not that bad after all?

Debates

Debates: As U.S. President Barack Obama enjoys his last few weeks in office, Russian and American experts examine the goals of his last international trip and assess the results of his policy decisions over the last eight years

Russia's opposition leader Navalny declares presidential bid

Russia's opposition leader Navalny declares presidential bid

Analysis

Prominent opposition figure and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has announced he plans to run for the presidency, with criminal charges against him suspended. However, Russia’s experts are divided in their assessments of his chances in the 2018 presidential elections

Russian California in names and places

Russian California in names and places

Analysis

A number of locations in the area north of San Francisco are tied to Russia by virtue of their names, although many of their origins are unclear and actually may not be connected to Russia at all

Discovering Russian culture in the city by the bay

Discovering Russian culture in the city by the bay

Analysis

San Francisco’s Russian heritage may not be the first thing to come to mind when people speak of the city by the bay, but the area’s Russian roots run deep and include several Orthodox churches, a Museum of Russian Culture and a museum of veterans of World War I

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