In this FAQ, learn more about the Russia Direct paid subscription model launched this fall. 

Russia Direct Editor-in-Chief Ekaterina Zabrovskaya (left) and Executive Editor Pavel Koshkin. Photo: Pavel Inzhelevsky   

This November, Russia Direct introduced a paid subscription model and started charging for its reports in order to continue bringing you the best authors and analysis about Russian foreign policy and the U.S.-Russia relationship.

This money will be spent on creating more content and a better user experience on the Russia Direct website []. Below is some information on why RD publications are worth investing in and other questions and answers that may be helpful.

What are the new subscription options?

Access to the Russia Direct website will remain free

The website is and will remain free for all readers, whether they are registered or not. There is no monthly limit on articles, webcasts, op-eds, videos or other multimedia features. 

Our subscription system is not the same as the metered paywall that most other news websites currently have (e.g. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs). 

The only content off limits for non-subscribers is in the “Publications” (currently, “Archive”) section, which already contains more than 25 reports. 

One report (digital edition) for $4.99

Russia Direct reports explain what is on the world political agenda and what is on the minds of international foreign affairs experts. See the full list of our experts here. Available in digital format only, delivered straight to your inbox. 

Annual subscription for $39.99 (30% savings)

Includes 12 new reports a year plus access to all RD publications created over the last two years. In digital format, they are found in the “Archive” section of the website. Some of the most popular topics of previous reports are: “The Asia-Pacific Military Buildup: Russia’s Response,” “From Brain Drain to Brain Gain,” “Russia Reorients to the Orient,” and “Russia in America's Backyard.”

Here is also what Russia Direct Editor-in-Chief Ekaterina Zabrovskaya (pictured) has to say about the new subscription service. Photo: Russia Direct

More than 25 publications provide a look back at some of the defining moments in Moscow’s relations with the world over the past two years. 

For readers living in the U.S., a home delivery option is available with an annual subscription. This type of package includes 12 reports in digital format, access to all publications in the “Archive” section, and 4 quarterly print issues that come with a complimentary issue of Foreign Policy magazine. 

What is so special about Russia Direct reports? Why should I pay for them?

Russia Direct reports bring you the type of balanced analysis, insights from Russia and fresh viewpoints that are impossible to find anywhere else.

For monthly reports (Russia Direct Briefs), our editorial team chooses the most important, timely and controversial topics — from Russian domestic politics (“Mapping Russia's Political Landscape after Nemtsov”) to Russia’s business and foreign relations (“Moscow's Strategy Against Financial Sanctions,” “Russian-American Relations in Crisis: Lessons for 2015,” and “The Rise and Fall of US-Russian Counter-Terrorism Cooperation”).

These reports are only available in digital format. 

Each of the Russia Direct Briefs is written by some of the best foreign affairs analysts from Russia and abroad. We try to find a healthy balance between established experts and young promising analysts in order to provide a diverse range of insights and introduce our readers to fresh perspectives.

Russia Direct Briefs also include useful infographics, lists of further readings and top Twitter accounts for those who want to investigate the topic in more detail.

Our quarterly white papers (Russia Direct Reports) are more in-depth and ambitious. 

They look into larger topics with potentially bigger implications for international relations. Some of the most popular Russia Direct Reports are: “From Brain Drain to Brain Gain,” which examines the problem of the Russian “brain drain” and offers ten specific recommendations for how Moscow can become more attractive to top-tier talent; “Russian Soft Power 2.0,” which looks into the transformation of Moscow’s strategy in reaching the hearts and minds of foreign audiences; and “The Future of Russia’s Innovation Economy,” which examines innovation as a possible reaction to U.S. and EU sanctions on the Russian economy.

Russia Direct Reports are usually written by a group of authors, Russian and international, and therefore provide readers with diverse viewpoints on the same topic, which is often missing in traditional Western media.

Russia Direct Reports are available in both digital and print formats. 

Russia Direct to charge users for its reports: More details here.

I am a registered user right now, and have been reading Russia Direct from the very beginning. Do I get any discounts? 

Yes, current registered users, and those readers who agree to become paid subscribers right now will enjoy a special “early bird” rate with a “bill me later” option. No credit card information from the reader is required at this time. Please, go to this webpage to opt in and take advantage of these benefits.

Once I am subscribed, can I go back and read (or download) a report I’ve already read?

Yes, your access to the “Publications” (currently, “Archive”) section is unlimited. You can go back and read or download any report at any time. 

If I access an article or report through a web search engine or social media, will it count as subscribers-only content?

If you arrive at an article through web searches or links on social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook, website content remains free and no registration is needed, but all reports require subscription. 

I am a student, teacher or school administrator. Do I get free access to reports?

Later this year, Russia Direct plans to introduce a discounted price for access to all its digital products for students, educators, and school administrators when logged in via an official email address. Corporate users will be able to get an unlimited access pass at a discounted price when accessing Russia Direct from work.

I’m a home delivery subscriber. Do I have free digital access?

Yes, if you have an annual subscription and opted-in for home delivery of quarterly reports, you just need to sign-in on the website. You have unlimited access to all digital content. To choose a home delivery option, subscribe here

Can I share my digital subscription with other members of my household?

We do not recommend sharing personal information such as your email address and password for website with other people. 

However, the website allows multiple logins from different places, such as work and home computer, or your mobile device. 

You may use this feature for sharing your paid account with members of your household. However, this feature will be changed later, and the number of logins per account will be limited.  

Can I share my digital subscription with friends? 

Though we cannot technically restrain you from sending the reports you've paid for to your friends, we strongly advise that all interested members buy their own subscriptions as a sign of support for quality analysis and journalism.

Russia Direct to charge users for its reports: More details here.
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