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This blog provides in depth coverage and analysis of developments throughout the region with original content by members and guest commentary from experts.

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  • May 19, 2015

    By Allen Maggard

    Moscow - Cathedral of Christ the Savior

    Over the past several months, Russian artists have found themselves subjected to heightened official scrutiny over allegations of religious blasphemy, often at the behest of vigilant clergy and Orthodox laypersons. The timing of this inquisition during a period of great geopolitical and socioeconomic uncertainty, paints the picture of a Kremlin leadership beset by ideological doubt, if not by existential uncertainty, over its break with the West over Ukraine.

  • Jun 30, 2014

    By Paul N. Schwartz

    In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly approved in principle the sale of the S-400 air defense system to China. [1] The S-400 (NATO codename SA-21 Growler) is currently Russia’s most advanced air defense platform, and thus far has been reserved exclusively for the Russian military.