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Is Putin Doomed Anyway? The Quiet Momentum Of Russia's Protest Movement

Analysis: With his victory on Sunday, Vladimir Putin returns to the Kremlin with a renewed mandate and promises of major reforms. But a growing mass of disaffected Russians may be bound to push the incoming president out of office no matter what he does.

Keep an eye on what comes next (Andrey)
Keep an eye on what comes next (Andrey)
Victor Khamraev and Natalia Gorodetskaya

MOSCOW – Incoming President Vladimir Putin may have plans for sweeping reforms once he returns to the Kremlin. Still, even radical reforms may not be enough to satisfy the civil society movement that swelled in the run-up to Sunday's vote, and Putin's opponents have the capacity to exert a quiet pressure on his authority that could potentially spark early elections.

Both supporters and opponents of Putin agree that the main item on the new president's to-do list is implementing political, economic and social reforms. If this doesn't happen, the so-called "president of all Russians' runs the risk of quickly colliding head-on with civil society.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

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Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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