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Eugene Bai

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Eugene Bai is an expert in Latin America and an experienced international journalist, contributor to The New Times, Novaya Gazeta and Expert magazine.

15.03.2017

Libya to test the Kremlin's readiness to cooperate with the West

Libya to test the Kremlin's readiness to cooperate with the West

Russia is reported to have deployed its special forces on the Libyan borders — a move that might lead to both confrontation and collaboration with the West

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14.02.2017

Russia's euphoria about Donald Trump already fading

Russia's euphoria about Donald Trump already fading

Less than one month since Donald Trump’s inauguration, Moscow has already become less delusional about the odds of improving relations with Washington. With Trump expecting Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine and reduce violence in Donbas, it’s now time to prepare for reality

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29.01.2017

Why Venezuela might become a burden for the Kremlin

Why Venezuela might become a burden for the Kremlin

Sooner than expected, the Kremlin could be forced to reassess its economic cooperation with crisis-torn Venezuela as the situation there rapidly deteriorates

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30.11.2016

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

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08.11.2016

Does regime change in Venezuela threaten Russia's interests?

Does regime change in Venezuela threaten Russia's interests?

Russia is taking a cautious stance as growing political chaos in Venezuela could have a negative impact on the value of its investments in the nation’s energy sector

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21.10.2016

Does Russia really need military bases in Cuba and Vietnam?

Does Russia really need military bases in Cuba and Vietnam?

While re-opening these new military bases may not have the strategic value they once did, they do possess a lot of symbolic value for Russia’s military

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05.10.2016

More trouble for Russia in Latin America, this time in Colombia

More trouble for Russia in Latin America, this time in Colombia

The recent peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC rebels was not approved via referendum, a fact that complicates the nation’s path to peace

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12.09.2016

Just like old times: Cuba requests foreign aid from Russia

Just like old times: Cuba requests foreign aid from Russia

To help get through a difficult economic period, Cuba is asking for financial assistance from Russia in the form of cheap new oil imports. Given Cuba’s recent embrace of the U.S., Russia’s decision is not so easy this time

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20.08.2016

The new outlook for Russian-Cuban ties

The new outlook for Russian-Cuban ties

The recent weeklong celebration of the 90th birthday of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro offered more evidence that Russian-Cuban ties still have a long way to go

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15.08.2016

Clinton vs. Trump: The Russian people give their views

Clinton vs. Trump: The Russian people give their views

For many in the Russian political and business elites, the idea of backing Donald Trump as the next U.S. president is not only outlandish, it is also politically naïve

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08.08.2016

Russia keeps a wary eye on Venezuela

Russia keeps a wary eye on Venezuela

Political uncertainty in Latin America’s biggest oil producer could lead to a change in its political leadership, which would have implications for Russia

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21.06.2016

Understanding the rise of political populism in the US and Russia

Understanding the rise of political populism in the US and Russia

The success of Republican billionaire candidate Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential campaign is not an isolated phenomenon – across Europe and in Russia there has also been a shift in favor of populist messages

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01.06.2016

Russia and the US are both trying to win over Japan

Russia and the US are both trying to win over Japan

With the recent visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Japan and Russian President Vladimir Putin's plans to visit this country in December, it appears that both Moscow and Washington are competing to win over Japan

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23.05.2016

What Brazilian political changes mean for Moscow

What Brazilian political changes mean for Moscow

The impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff may not lead to a re-thinking of Brazil’s relationship with Russia, but it could fundamentally alter Brazil’s role within the BRICS and lead to greater U.S. influence within the nation

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10.05.2016

Donald Trump: Neither a friend nor enemy for Russia

Donald Trump: Neither a friend nor enemy for Russia

Even though the Kremlin appears outwardly hopeful about a Trump presidency, there are reasons for concern, including the unpredictability of Trump’s future foreign policy moves

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03.05.2016

How the impeachment of Brazil's president would impact Russia

How the impeachment of Brazil's president would impact Russia

The political drama in Brazil could result in the demise of the BRICS concept and troubles ahead for Russia’s economic relationship with its biggest trading partner in Latin America

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20.04.2016

Peru: Another Latin American litmus test for Russia

Peru: Another Latin American litmus test for Russia

Russian experts are keeping a close eye on the presidential election in Peru, where Russian political and economic influence appears to be waning

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25.03.2016

What Obama's historic visit to Cuba means for Russia

What Obama's historic visit to Cuba means for Russia

Cuba has become a new playing field for influence between the United States, Russia and other countries. What are the Kremlin’s chances in this fierce new competition?

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18.03.2016

What lessons can Russia learn from Brazil's political crisis?

What lessons can Russia learn from Brazil's political crisis?

The massive social protests taking place in Brazil on the eve of the 2016 Summer Olympics should serve as a warning to Russia’s political elite, which faced similar protests in 2011-2012

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11.02.2016

Venezuela, Russia and the high-stakes gamble to raise the global price of oil

Venezuela, Russia and the high-stakes gamble to raise the global price of oil

In a desperate bid to save its economy, Venezuela is trying to convince oil producers such as Russia to cut production as a way to boost prices. For now, Russia is sending out mixed signals

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