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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.

20.01.2016

What lessons can Russia learn from Venezuela's crisis?

What lessons can Russia learn from Venezuela's crisis?

On the surface, the problems experienced by both Russia and Venezuela appear to be similar – a drop in oil prices and an inflexible political regime that is only compounding economic woes

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04.01.2016

Making sense of the strange relationship between Putin and Trump

Making sense of the strange relationship between Putin and Trump

In its search for political allies far outside of the mainstream establishment, the Kremlin has been quick to embrace political figures such as Donald Trump. It remains to be seen, however, what happens if Trump actually becomes President

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11.12.2015

What is the deal with Russia's Latin American allies?

What is the deal with Russia's Latin American allies?

In Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela, the ideological left is on the losing side of a political battle being waged across Latin America. What does it mean for Russia?

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09.12.2015

As Argentina turns to the right, what has Russia lost?

As Argentina turns to the right, what has Russia lost?

On Dec. 10, a new president assumes power in Argentina – the opposition politician Mauricio Macri. Does this mean that Russia will once again have to work on building good relations with this large Latin American country?

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14.10.2015

What 'non-interference in internal affairs' means for Russia

What 'non-interference in internal affairs' means for Russia

Russia’s principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries is continually being tested, first in Ukraine, then in Syria. And now, in Venezuela, Russia faces a number of difficult decisions of who to support

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02.10.2015

The Kremlin's double standards make it harder to talk with the West

The Kremlin's double standards make it harder to talk with the West

Two recent events in Moscow – a conference dedicated to the problem of Russophobia and a forum for separatists from around the globe – showcase just how far Russia has cut itself off from the West

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27.09.2015

How two Russian court cases have changed the Kremlin's thinking

How two Russian court cases have changed the Kremlin's thinking

Russian human rights activists are becoming more vocal about judicial scandals in the country, including one that has important implications for the current Ukraine crisis. Will the Kremlin listen?

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14.09.2015

Russia's net delusion: How Russian online media distract people from reality

Russia's net delusion: How Russian online media distract people from reality

To distract attention from urgent economic problems and the mistakes of Russian authorities, the Russian media are looking for ways to send out alternative messages

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09.09.2015

If Russia can't save Venezuela, maybe China can

If Russia can't save Venezuela, maybe China can

In a desperate bid to boost oil prices and rescue its economy, Venezuela has turned to both Russia and China for help. But how likely are they to lend Venezuela a helping hand?

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02.09.2015

Putin UN trip might lead to a second Munich in New York

Putin UN trip might lead to a second Munich in New York

Now that the Kremlin has confirmed that Vladimir Putin will be attending the 2015 UN Summit in New York, there is growing concern that the Russian President will use the occasion to criticize the West

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17.08.2015

How Russia views Donald Trump's presidential bid

How Russia views Donald Trump's presidential bid

While Donald Trump has established himself as a presidential front-runner, the Russian expert community might soon begin to view him as the American analogue of Vladimir Zhirinovsky rather than the savior of U.S.-Russian relations

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06.08.2015

Cuba still matters for Russia (but not for the reason you think)

Cuba still matters for Russia (but not for the reason you think)

The new rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba is further proof of the ability of diplomacy to overcome seemingly irreconcilable differences between two sides. Russia should take note

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21.07.2015

Is Venezuela's Crimea going to help or hurt Russia?

Is Venezuela's Crimea going to help or hurt Russia?

If Venezuela moves forward with a military campaign in neighboring Guyana, that would be a serious blow to Russia, which has spent significant time and money in propping up the struggling regime

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20.07.2015

Russia pivots again, this time to Saudi Arabia

Russia pivots again, this time to Saudi Arabia

The rapprochement of Russia and Saudi Arabia could mark a real turnabout in the Middle East, and one that is far more solid and potentially richer in dividends than Russia’s pivot to China

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07.07.2015

Ahead of Ufa Summit, future of BRICS in limbo

Ahead of Ufa Summit, future of BRICS in limbo

The recent visit by the Brazilian president to the United States points to a lack of unity within the BRICS, which could dent the Kremlin’s aspirations to break its isolation from the West

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11.06.2015

Russia needs a Plan B now that the G8 is history

Russia needs a Plan B now that the G8 is history

There is still an outside chance that Russia could return to the G7. But until that happens, Russia is exploring other options, including an expanded role for the BRICS

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02.06.2015

How the FIFA scandal is leading to a US-Russia political confrontation

How the FIFA scandal is leading to a US-Russia political confrontation

Conspiracy theories continue to abound in the aftermath of the FIFA corruption scandal, especially with regard to Russia’s 2018 World Cup bid. The recent departure of FIFA head Sepp Blatter only makes things murkier

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26.05.2015

How Chechnya is driving a wedge between Russia and the West

How Chechnya is driving a wedge between Russia and the West

There is a widening gap between Russian and American values, as showcased in the latest scandal surrounding Chechnya. If this gap is allowed to widen further, it could hamper the resumption of ties

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15.05.2015

Cuba overshadows Russia in attracting new allies

Cuba overshadows Russia in attracting new allies

Amidst the ongoing differences between Russia and the West over Ukraine, the Kremlin seems to be falling behind its historic ally Cuba in attracting positive interest from the West

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24.04.2015

The real reason why a resurgence of conservatism in Russia is dangerous

The real reason why a resurgence of conservatism in Russia is dangerous

As Russia gears up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory Day, the recent censoring of Hollywood movie “Child 44” and the debates over “Leviathan” indicate that cultural conservatism in Russia is on the upswing

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