Nov 2022

Nezalezhnist — On Zelensky’s Style

French art historian and writer of Russian origin, Olga Medvedkova analyzes the essence of Zelensky’s style…

9 min read

Dissent, Crime, and the Future of Russia

When Russia is free again, the Russian people will again have to face a reality: the massive crimes committed in their name…

10 min read
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Oct 2022

The Influx of Russians Troubles Georgia

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, nearly 700,000 Russians are believed to have fled their country — in opposition to the war

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And now? On the Possibility of an All-out War

The war in Ukraine is in full swing. The order for the “partial mobilization” of Russian army reservists and part of the male population…

18 min read

When the Draft is in Full Swing in Russia

Several Russian officials have denounced the overzealousness of Russian recruitment offices, which issue military convocations to blind people…

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Sep 2022

Back to school

Back to school time! In today’s increasingly militarized Russia, many parents are dressing their toddlers…

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Aug 2022

A Slippery Slope

The double blackmail exercised by the Russian president, gas blackmail and world famine blackmail, is starting to pay off…

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Jul 2022

Georgia: to be or not to Be

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is having a considerable impact in the former Soviet countries.

12 min read

When Putin Looks Like…

In a recent publication, Desk Russie found that Putin’s speech resembled the times to that of Stalin and Hitler.

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“We are not Savages.” Really?

This time, our cartoonist attacks the Russian killers who mortally wounded, on May 30, the French journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff…

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Jun 2022

A Brainstorming Session

This week, our cartoonist takes aim at Dmitry Medvedev, vice-president of the Security Council of the Russian Federation…

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The Rhetoric of the Aggressor

The historian Françoise Thom examines the speeches of Hitler, Molotov and Putin in order to show how similar their themes and reasoning.

23 min read

Europe Must Accept Being at War

Accustomed to post WW2 peacetime, European politicians refuse to think about the war as state…

6 min read
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May 2022

The Other Russian Offensive

Faced with the perilous situation that the West’s unanimous condemnation of the war in Ukraine represents, Russia has launched…

11 min read

The strategy of barbarism

Desk Russie is continuing to publish the cartoons in which cartoonist Epo reacts to the realities…

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Reveling in Transgression

With Vladimir Putin, one always believes that the bottom of disgrace has been reached, that the Kremlin cannot do even worse.

18 min read

The Power of Propaganda

Former Soviet political prisoner Russian journalist Aleksandr Podrabinek analyzes the power of Kremlin propaganda…

5 min read
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Apr 2022

Defederating Russia

What happened to the Russian Empire? It disintegrated at the end of an imperialist war.

6 min read

Our Call: Free Vladimir Kara-Murza

Vladimir Kara-Murza, a close friend of Boris Nemtsov and one of the most prominent members of the liberal…

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National Guilt and Personal Responsibility

Today, a simple “man in the street” in Russia has only a very blurred notion of his fault in what is happening in Ukraine…

9 min read

Istanbul Talks: What Does Russia Want?

The announcement of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations has raised hopes in the West, and stock markets have rebounded.

6 min read
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Mar 2022

Creating Frankenstein

Today’s Russia was largely prefigured by the red-brown coalition in the early 1990s, and Putin is just its embodiment…

8 min read

Putin or the Passion for Evil

Putin’s aggression against Ukraine was perceived as a thunderclap by the West, because it is always difficult to believe the worst.

4 min read
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Feb 2022

The Time for Courage

Faced with the now massive war launched by Putin against Ukraine, it would be disastrous to give the head of the Kremlin…

3 min read

Prophecy and Anger: “Useless Knowledge”

In a 1988 book, La connaissance inutile (Useless Knowledge), the French philosopher Jean-François Revel analyzed a classic paradox…

6 min read

With Putin’s Russia, the Impossible Status Quo

During his trip to Moscow and then to Kyiv, President Emmanuel Macron insisted that Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity were non-negotiable.

9 min read
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Jan 2022

Putin: Flirting With Armageddon

After the Westerners’ refusal to accept the Russian ultimatum of December 17, the West is slowly becoming aware…

17 min read

Beware the Sirens of Minsk

The Kremlin has gotten the attention it sought: it now has most of the western world guessing whether it will unleash…

5 min read

Kazakhstan: Voices of Russian Opponents

The Free Russia Forum was created in 2016 by a group of politicians, scholars, journalists, and cultural figures from the ex-USSR…

3 min read

Reshaping Ukraine’s Western Integration

There is widespread fear of an escalation of the current Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict into a large and prolonged inter-state war in Europe.

11 min read
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Dec 2021

Sowing Chaos

The Russian president is known for his professional habit of disguising the truth, but he is sometimes surprisingly frank.

3 min read
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Nov 2021

Will There be a new War?

In the international community there is a growing talk of a new attack from Russia and Belarus on Ukraine.

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Strategy of the Absurd

A lot of recent information about Russia can be disconcerting for a reasonable reader. It is absurd. It is incomprehensible.

6 min read
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Oct 2021

Zemmour or the Fascination for Putin

For several weeks, Eric Zemmour has been at the forefront of the media scene. When it comes to East-West relations…

5 min read
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Sep 2021

Special Operation “Elections” in Russia. User Guide

Thirty years after the failed putsch against Mikhail Gorbachev, and the victory of universal suffrage and people’s sovereignty, Vladimir Putin has launched a new SpetsOperatsia

8 min read

The Russian Diaspora, a “Battlefield”?

In his recent interview with Desk Russie, the academic Sergei Medvedev pointed out that “the Kremlin is actively working with emigration”

6 min read
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Aug 2021

Thirty Years Since the August Coup

The August, 1991 Moscow coup was a desperate attempt to save the Soviet Union. When it collapsed, the will to preserve the socialist system disappeared and the Soviet Union…

8 min read

A dr Strangelove in the Kremlin?

In his big election speech on March 1, 2018, to thunderous applause, Putin catalogs the new doomsday weapons Russia is working on.

14 min read

Russian-soviet History: the March Backwards

The new book of Françoise Thom, La marche à rebours. Regards sur l’histoire soviétique et russe, Sorbonne université presses, 2021…

15 min read
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Jul 2021

Resist the Homo Putinoidus!

Desk Russie recently published an article about the lawyer Ivan Pavlov, who is currently the victim of judicial persecution.

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Russia: Facing the Afghan Wasp Nest

“Among our enemies, the most to be feared are often the smallest,” said Lafontaine. Russia, which has strenuously worked for the advent of “multipolarity”…

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Putin’s Russia: a Protean Ideology

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Eurasianism among Russian political emigrants — a philosophical and political theory…

5 min read

A Perspective on the Russian-iranian Alliance

In September 2015, when Russia intervened militarily in Syria in order to save the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, guarantor of its strategic “assets” in situ…

5 min read
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Jun 2021

Putin-biden: a Double-edged Summit

In Geneva on June 16, the American and Russian presidents, each in their own way, acknowledged that they had agreed on nothing, except that they should seek to get along better.

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The Senator and the Fraud

On June 21, in the Senate, Senator Nathalie Goulet organized a “press briefing” with Vadim Rabinovich, a Ukrainian press magnate and leader of the pro-Russian party…

6 min read
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May 2021

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