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Ivan Tsvetkov

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Associate Professor of American Studies, International Relations Department, St. Petersburg State University. He is an expert in the field of historical science and contemporary U.S. policy and U.S.-Russian relations. Since 2003, he has been the author and administrator of the educational website “History of the United States: Materials for the course” (http://ushistory.ru)

03.03.2017

Whistleblower accuses Prime Minister of corruption. Why Russians ignore it

Whistleblower accuses Prime Minister of corruption. Why Russians ignore it

Here is why a new investigation by Russian anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny will likely strengthen the positions of the Kremlin and the prime minister

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17.02.2017

After Flynn's dismissal, Russia starts to doubt Trump

After Flynn's dismissal, Russia starts to doubt Trump

After National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s scandalous resignation and Donald Trump’s tough new rhetoric toward the Kremlin, Russia has started to back away from the U.S. president. That could be dangerous

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03.02.2017

Russia is still wary of Trump's turbulent presidency

Russia is still wary of Trump's turbulent presidency

Once the Trump administration shifts its attention from domestic policy to foreign policy, it will raise awkward questions about just how deeply the U.S. and Russia can really partner on complex geopolitical issues

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16.01.2017

Here is why the Kremlin's big bet on Trump might be risky

Here is why the Kremlin's big bet on Trump might be risky

With the upcoming inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, the Kremlin is increasingly hopeful of creating a better relationship with the West. But is it really the case?

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30.12.2016

The final endgame between Putin and Obama

The final endgame between Putin and Obama

Vladimir Putin’s restrained response to U.S. cyber sanctions could be an effort to ease the transition process for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. But will this strategy really pay off?

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23.12.2016

Should Russia be punished for alleged cyber attacks on America?

Should Russia be punished for alleged cyber attacks on America?

The story of Russian cyber interference in the U.S. election has taken on a life of its own, with potentially unintended consequences for both the U.S. and Russia

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22.12.2016

Hard lessons for the Kremlin from the Ankara assassination

Hard lessons for the Kremlin from the Ankara assassination

The death of the Russian ambassador in Turkey can be blamed, at least partly, on the Kremlin’s increased willingness to raise the stakes in the Middle East

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14.12.2016

Why the woes of the European University at St. Petersburg matter

Why the woes of the European University at St. Petersburg matter

A university known for its embrace of Western ideas over the past 20 years now appears to be under pressure from the state. That could pose problems for Russia to modernize its educational system

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03.12.2016

Why Putin's Federal Assembly address was surprisingly bland this year

Why Putin's Federal Assembly address was surprisingly bland this year

In his year-end address to the Federal Assembly, President Vladimir Putin offered little in the way of a strategic vision for the nation

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17.11.2016

Inside the anti-corruption campaign against Russia's liberals

Inside the anti-corruption campaign against Russia's liberals

The more the Russian opposition accuses the government of corruption, the more the Kremlin will search for anti-corruption targets within the liberal elites

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14.11.2016

Banning ex-US Ambassador McFaul won't solve anything for the Kremlin

Banning ex-US Ambassador McFaul won't solve anything for the Kremlin

The Kremlin has apparently banned former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul from entering Russia. Yet, at the same time, Russia remains hopeful about a new reset under President Trump

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10.11.2016

Why Russia has no reason to celebrate a Trump presidency yet

Why Russia has no reason to celebrate a Trump presidency yet

Trump’s rise to power will force the Kremlin and the state propaganda apparatus to come up with a new way to portray the U.S. How Russia chooses to view the U.S. could have important political and economic implications

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24.10.2016

The real reason why Vladimir Putin needs Donald Trump

The real reason why Vladimir Putin needs Donald Trump

Donald Trump is important to the Kremlin as a symbol of potential Russia-U.S. cooperation. The secret hope is that Trump’s angry and disillusioned supporters will foment a color revolution in the United States

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10.10.2016

The new UN Secretary General won't be a game-changer

The new UN Secretary General won't be a game-changer

New UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is the perfect compromise candidate, who won’t upset the status quo for any of the great powers – including Russia

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01.10.2016

What the world has learned from MH17

What the world has learned from MH17

No matter the eventual outcome of the investigation into the Malaysian Airlines crash, the catastrophe has already done much to cast doubt on some of the world’s most deeply held beliefs about right and wrong

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21.09.2016

Why a European army won't bring the EU closer together

Why a European army won't bring the EU closer together

The concept of a unified European military force separate from NATO is starting to gain momentum in EU capitals. However, greater military cooperation within the EU won’t address deeper integration challenges facing Europe

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15.09.2016

How Hillary Clinton's health is affecting her image in Russia

How Hillary Clinton's health is affecting her image in Russia

For many Russians, Hillary Clinton’s health issues are reminiscent of an earlier time, when the health of Soviet leaders became a national issue. That’s feeding into new perceptions of Clinton as a weak and dysfunctional candidate

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12.09.2016

Making sense of the new US-Russian ceasefire in Syria

Making sense of the new US-Russian ceasefire in Syria

Even with a tentative ceasefire in place, the war in Syria is still very far from being over. Russia and the US can either form a post-modern coalition or embrace the winner-take-all approach of the Cold War and colonial eras

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07.09.2016

Was the G20 Summit in China really a success of Russian diplomacy?

Was the G20 Summit in China really a success of Russian diplomacy?

Vladimir Putin made some important progress at the recent G20 Summit in Hangzhou, but there are three reasons why Russia’s participation may not have been as successful as some think

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09.08.2016

Why Hillary Clinton is better for Russia than Donald Trump

Why Hillary Clinton is better for Russia than Donald Trump

Many pundits believe that the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency, Donald Trump, is a better option for Russia than his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton. However, that’s simply not the case – here’s why

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