The Rise of Kleptocracy: Power and Plunder in Putin’s Russia

January 2018

Russia’s ruling elite have used corruption not only to line their own pockets, but also as a tool of domestic political control and global power projection. 

Putin versus Civil Society: Outlawing the Opposition

July 2013

The Putin regime, having faced its first real challenge in the form of mass protests after the 2011 Duma elections, is responding with a series of laws intended to intimidate its civil-society opposition, if not stamp it out altogether.

Georgia's Year of Turmoil

October 2008

A domestic political crisis began brewing in Georgia long before the current conflict with Russia. Since the Rose Revolution, the country has been troubled by flawed elections, a “superpresidency,” and a malleable constitution.