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Pavel Koshkin

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Pavel Koshkin is the Editor-in-Chief of Russia Direct. Before his appointment he served as the deputy editor-in-chief of Russia Direct. Koshkin is an experienced journalist and editor. He has contributed to numerous publications, including Kommersant, the Moscow bureau of BBC and Russia Profile, specializing in politics, society, education and international affairs (specifically, Russia-U.S. relations). His articles have also been republished by Russia In Global Affairs and the Carnegie Moscow Center. Before joining Russia Direct, Koshkin worked as Executive Web Editor for the English-language media outlet, Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH). He is an alumnus of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). In 2011-2012, he participated in the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF), which brings together leading Russian and U.S. pundits with enthusiastic students who want to improve bilateral relations between Russia and the U.S. As part of the program, Koshkin and his American colleagues did research on the ways the United States and Russia respond to international money laundering. Koshkin has a Ph.D. in international journalism from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His dissertation focused on the ways in which American columnists covered U.S.-China and U.S.-Russian relations between 2008 and 2013.

26.03.2017

Editor's note: Russia Direct stops updating its website

Editor's note: Russia Direct stops updating its website

Russia Direct has stopped updating its website following the failure of negotiations between an independent party to take over Russia Direct from its owner, Russian newspaper Rossisykaya Gazeta

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20.03.2017

Three years after Russia retook Crimea, are the locals really satisfied?

Three years after Russia retook Crimea, are the locals really satisfied?

Russia’s third celebration of Crimea's takeover got the media attention once again, with some experts warning that the euphoria over Crimea might end sooner and later

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16.03.2017

The Dutch election: Relief for Europe — disappointment for the Kremlin?

The Dutch election: Relief for Europe — disappointment for the Kremlin?

The defeat of the populist candidate at the Mar. 15 Dutch election doesn’t necessarily mean that the rise of populism is over in Europe. With the immigration crisis in full swing, the trend will persist and the Kremlin might benefit from it

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09.03.2017

US suspicion of Russia: Witch hunt or legitimate distrust?

US suspicion of Russia: Witch hunt or legitimate distrust?

Debates: Russia Direct interviewed a number of experts to find out to what extent the suspicion surrounding U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is legitimate and justified

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01.03.2017

The next century: Realpolitik vs. liberalism

The next century: Realpolitik vs. liberalism

Squeezed between networked citizens and assertive non-state actors, states will have to balance between liberalism and realpolitik to adjust to the new geopolitical reality of the 21st century

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24.02.2017

Is new US National Security Advisor McMaster good or bad for Moscow?

Is new US National Security Advisor McMaster good or bad for Moscow?

Debates: Flynn is seen as a lobbyist of Russia’s interests and an advocate of lifting the anti-Kremlin sanctions, but McMaster has an image of a pragmatic realist who has no illusions about Russia. What does it mean for the Kremlin?

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20.02.2017

Russia and the West offer very different views of the world in Munich

Russia and the West offer very different views of the world in Munich

Debates: Russia Direct interviewed prominent experts to figure out how they assess the results of the 2017 Munich International Security Conference

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16.02.2017

German elections won't be game-changer for US or Russia

German elections won't be game-changer for US or Russia

Germany's new president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is a well-known critic of U.S. President Donald Trump. But that doesn't mean that Berlin will opt to turn its back on America in favor of Russia

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10.02.2017

When will Russia finally break its 'resource curse'?

When will Russia finally break its 'resource curse'?

Despite constant talk about plans to boost the nation’s economic growth, experts remain skeptical about any efforts to wean the Russian economy off its dependence on oil

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09.02.2017

Why post-Soviet integration will be a lot harder than the Kremlin thought

Why post-Soviet integration will be a lot harder than the Kremlin thought

25 years after the official collapse of the Soviet Union, the forces of disintegration in the post-Soviet space appear to be stronger than those of integration

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03.02.2017

Who is behind the recent military flare-up in Ukraine?

Who is behind the recent military flare-up in Ukraine?

Debates: Experts discuss the renewed military escalation in Eastern Ukraine, trying to determine the possible motivations for both sides

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26.01.2017

Can Russia's economy finally turn the corner in 2017?

Can Russia's economy finally turn the corner in 2017?

RD Interview: Kendrick White of Marchmont Capital Partners discusses the potential obstacles ahead for Russia’s economic growth, including factors that might weaken global energy prices

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20.01.2017

Russia braces itself for a Trump presidency

Russia braces itself for a Trump presidency

Trump's presidential inauguration has been a source of constant debate within Russia’s expert community, which continues to point to his unpredictability

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18.01.2017

The Kremlin's difficult balancing act in preserving the political status quo

The Kremlin's difficult balancing act in preserving the political status quo

With presidential elections looming on the horizon, the Kremlin faces difficult choices about how to preserve social and economic stability without overreaching its authority

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17.01.2017

Why the Russian economic crisis is far from over

Why the Russian economic crisis is far from over

Despite encouraging signs, Russian economists and politicians continue to express only cautious optimism about the future of the economy

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16.01.2017

Can Russia realistically integrate with China and Europe at the same time?

Can Russia realistically integrate with China and Europe at the same time?

Russia has been trying to align its Eurasian integration project with China’s One Belt, One Road initiative. But has the Kremlin really assessed the political and economic consequences of such an alignment?

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13.01.2017

Moscow's concept of a Greater Europe is still just a dream

Moscow's concept of a Greater Europe is still just a dream

Until Moscow and Brussels change their zero-sum approach, any talk about reviving the concept of a Greater Europe is just wishful thinking

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12.01.2017

A disintegrating Europe should not be in Russia's best interests

A disintegrating Europe should not be in Russia's best interests

Europe is facing difficult questions about what will happen after Britain leaves the EU. For Russia, too, the future of European integration remains a hot-button issue

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11.01.2017

What kind of Russia should the West fear?

What kind of Russia should the West fear?

Dmitri Trenin explains how misguided perceptions in the U.S., Russia can lead to a new conflict

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09.01.2017

Intelligence report on Kremlin hacking makes any reset close to impossible

 Intelligence report on Kremlin hacking makes any reset close to impossible

Expecting conclusive evidence in the declassified intelligence report about the Kremlin’s alleged hacking would be naive in the current U.S. political environment, where Russia is seen as an adversary

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