Also by Todd Prince
September 21, 2023
Ukraine Is Once Again A Focus Of U.S. Politics. This Time, The Stakes Are Higher.
After a 2020 election in which Kyiv played a role it never wanted, many in Ukraine hoped the country could avoid further entanglement in U.S. politics. But Russia’s war, a new impeachment bid, and other factors have again thrust Ukraine into the U.S. political spotlight ahead of the 2024 vote.
September 08, 2023
Kolomoyskiy Arrest Seen As A 'Key Test' Of Zelenskiy's Anti-Corruption Campaign
The 60-day detention handed to Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskiy is the highest-profile jailing in the current graft crackdown and comes weeks before a crucial U.S. congressional vote on whether to approve another round of massive aid to the embattled country.
August 31, 2023
A Common BRICS Currency To Challenge The U.S. Dollar? 'A Very Far-Fetched Notion,' Expert Says
Russia has talked up the prospect of "de-dollarization," and Brazil floated the idea of a common BRICS currency at a summit of the bloc, which wants to challenge the West and reduce the prominence of the U.S. dollar in trade and finance. Little is likely to come of it, an expert tells RFE/RL.
August 28, 2023
Lower Price Cap On Russian Oil? A Tough Question For U.S., G7
With Russia's ruble struggling as war expenses surge, some experts say the G7 should strike while the iron is hot and lower its price cap on Russian oil. Others say that could defeat the purpose by leading to higher global oil prices, incentivizing sanctions evasion, and fueling inflation.
August 24, 2023
Russian Elite, Nationalists On Notice After Prigozhin's Presumed Death
Whatever the cause of the crash that is believed to have killed Yevgeny Prigozhin – the leader of the June mutiny that posed a major challenge to Putin’s long rule – many in Russia will suspect it was orchestrated by the Kremlin to send a message to potentially rebellious individuals.
August 16, 2023
'Crisis Of Confidence': Ruble's Plunge Prompts Policy Clash In Russia As Costly War Drags On
The ruble has been falling as Russia’s war on Ukraine drags on with no sign that Moscow intends to pull back. While there are underlying causes such as shrinking net exports, some experts also see a ‘crisis of confidence’ in the currency and its plunge has set off a tug-of-war over economic policy.
August 14, 2023
Power-Line Cut Raises Alarm Over Russian-Held Nuclear Plant In Ukraine, But Expert Says Little Has Changed
Fears about the fate of the Ukrainian nuclear plant in the crosshairs of Europe’s largest war in decades deepened when the main power line to the station was disconnected last week. An industry expert tells RFE/RL that his assessment of the risk of a catastrophe hasn’t changed.
August 09, 2023
Niger Coup Puts West In Tough Spot As Wagner Eyes More Africa Opportunities
The coup in Niger poses tough questions for the West. Cutting ties, including aid, to the Sahel country could push the junta toward Moscow. But is Russia's notorious Wagner mercenary group in a position to extend its influence into the region?
August 05, 2023
Ukrainian Drone Attacks Against Russia Increase As Zelenskiy Hints At Change In Tactics
Ukraine has been stepping up small-scale drone attacks inside Russia recently, raising questions about whether Kyiv has made significant advances in homegrown technology and if it's on the road toward carrying out bigger attacks in the near future, analysts say.
July 22, 2023
Erdogan Looks West. What Does It Mean For Putin?
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the only NATO leader in regular contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin, seems to be “rebalancing” his foreign policy and taking steps to improve ties with the West. How long will that last, where does it leave Moscow, and what does it mean for Ukraine?
June 28, 2023
Africa Or Death? Prigozhin Unlikely To Remain In Belarus For Long
Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has now reportedly fled to Belarus, following an aborted mutiny challenging the Kremlin. Next up for the 62-year-old former petty criminal-turned-billionaire warlord? Staying alive. Or moving to Africa.
June 21, 2023
He Said He Fled Russia. Then He Denounced America On State TV. What Happened?
Oleg Zabugorsky tried hard to be at the center of the Russian-speaking community near Los Angeles, organizing events at his lakeshore rental home. Then he vanished -- and reappeared on Russian state TV denouncing America and Russians living there. Former friends want to know what he was up to.
June 19, 2023
Bulgaria's Controversial Top Prosecutor Is Out, But It's Not A Victory For Judicial Independence
Bulgaria's notorious prosecutor-general, Ivan Geshev, has been fired halfway through his seven-year term. However, the process of his dismissal has only confirmed to many that Bulgaria's judiciary is far from independent.
May 11, 2023
Erdogan Could Lose The Election In Turkey. It Would Be A Blow To Putin.
After two decades in power, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could be voted out in favor of a rival seeking to improve relations with the West. That's not the outcome Russian President Vladimir Putin wants, analysts say.
April 17, 2023
Who Is Vladimir Kara-Murza, The Russian Activist Jailed For Condemning The Ukraine War?
Vladimir Kara-Murza is a Russian opposition leader and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin. Alongside his late mentor Boris Nemtsov, he played a key role in persuading U.S. Congress to pass groundbreaking sanctions legislation targeting corrupt Russian officials and human rights abusers.
April 14, 2023
Digital Dragnet: In Search Of Soldiers For Its War Against Ukraine, Russia Takes Draft Notices Online
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation allowing for electronic conscription notices, a bid to cut down on draft dodging as the Kremlin seeks more soldiers for what is expected to be a long war in Ukraine. It’s a “law on hidden mobilization,” an attorney and activist says.
April 11, 2023
As Ukraine War Costs Grow, So Does Debate In The West Over Whether And How To Use Frozen Russian Reserves
With the costs of backing Ukraine’s war effort mounting and the staying power of U.S. public support in question, there’s a new push to use hundreds of billions of dollars and euros in Russian central bank reserves frozen abroad to help Kyiv. But there’s also pushback.
April 04, 2023
As Questions Swirl Over A Pro-War Russian Blogger's Killing, Analysts Say It's Clear What Comes Next: More Repression
Amid speculation about who was behind the apparent assassination of a “military blogger” who avidly supported Russia’s war on Ukraine, analysts are certain the bombing in St. Petersburg will be used to suppress the opposition even further.
March 31, 2023
For Years, He's Been Controversial At Home. Now Bulgaria's Top Prosecutor Is Attracting Attention Abroad.
Bulgarian Prosecutor-General Ivan Geshev has said a motley group of mafiosos, criminals, and corrupt officials is trying to remove him from power. His critics, however, say that he's the one who's protecting these types of lawbreakers.
March 07, 2023
West Tightens Sanctions Compliance As Russia's Economy Avoids Worst-Case Scenario
Russia’s economy has held up better than expected under sweeping Western sanctions, thanks largely to high energy prices and sanctions evasion. Now the West is focusing on closing those loopholes to choke Russia’s economy, but some economists warn it could become a game of whac-a-mole.