Author: Todd Prince and RFE/RL’s Russian Service

Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking steps to escalate the invasion of Ukraine and his standoff with Kyiv and the West, including a “partial mobilization” that he announced on September 21, following a stunning military setback in Kharkiv that has sparked nationalist backlash at home and raised the prospect of defeat. After months of reported...

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The Kremlin’s aim to mobilize up to 300,000 men to fight in Ukraine faces significant obstacles and – even if achieved – may not prevent Russia from losing more ground or losing the war, analysts said. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the “partial mobilization,” due to start immediately, in an address broadcast to the nation...

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Russia’s speed at “solving” the car-bomb assassination of the daughter of prominent Russian far-right ideologue Aleksandr Dugin, who has played a prominent role in justifying and drumming up support for President Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical ambitions, has attracted considerable skepticism. Just two days after the killing, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed that an agent of...

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