EVENTS
A New Syria Puzzle: Russian Stakes And Red Lines
Putin in Saudi Arabia & UAE: Business & Geopolitics Operating In Parallel
ACTORS
FSB Assumes Informal Control Of Russia’s Prisons
PROCESSES
Presidential Administration Plans Loyal State Duma Election
The Kremlin Tests New Harassment Tactics Toward Opposition

EVENTS
The budget: caught between prioritising economic growth & ensuring macroeconomic stability
ACTORS
Lebedev’s re-appointment & deepening judicial conflict
PROCESSES
Challenging Trump: how the U.S. President upsets Putin
Collision with reality? Ukraine-Russia negotiations over Donbas approach the most sensitive issues

EVENTS
Tripartite Ankara summit: the geopolitical intrigues that Putin has become embroiled in
ACTORS
Pavel Ustinov & the elite’s internal differences
Who failed over Oleg Smolenkov?
PROCESSES
Regional vote fallout: looking ahead to the State Duma elections

EVENTS
Regional elections
ACTORS
Are we entering a new phase in Russia-Ukraine relations?
Vaino, Surkov, Kozak, Medvedchuk: evolution of roles
PROCESSES
Moscow’s summer of protest

EVENTS
Political games intensify as opposition candidates barred from Moscow Duma elections
MAIN ACTORS
National Guard Reshuffle: Zolotov’s right-hand man is out
Sevastopol gets a technocrat governor as Ovsyannikov is removed after less than 3 years
Is Volodin really needling the Kremlin?
PROCESSES
Russia and Ukraine look headed for detente

EVENTS
Putin’s revealing interview to The Financial Times
Putin & Trump: a new attempt at rapprochement
Political intrigue follows a nuclear submersible accident
ACTORS
The resignation of the president of Ingushetia
Top businessmen targeted in a wave of new criminal cases
PROCESSES
Russia returns to PACE as the Kremlin’s ‘All or Nothing’ Tactics pay off

EVENTS
Putin offers few concessions at his annual call-in show
The political background to Golunov’s release
ACTORS
Babich’s demotion will be a challenge for Oreshkin
PROCESSES
What is Moscow’s game in Moldova?

EVENTS
The agenda at the St. Petersburg International economic forum is dominated by law enforcement
The Kremlin looks trapped amid the outrage generated as A prominent journalist is arrested
ACTORS
Expectations are growing that Surkov will be dismissed
The failure of Sergei Morozov in Astrakhan & the calculus behind his replacement
PROCESSES
Headaches for Putin: falling approval ratings & a loss of control over flagship spending projects

EVENTS
U.S.-Russia relations: Pompeo visits Russia
Unpicking Russia’s new energy security doctrine
ACTORS
The levers of Shoigu’s domestic political influence
The crisis at Kommersant reflects growing elite in-fighting
PROCESSES
Protests in Yekaterinburg: a failure of political management?

EVENTS
The stakes rise after the Ukrainian presidential elections — and Russia is preparing for the worst
ACTORS
Lavrov’s resentment and Minsk’s unhappiness push Putin to sack his ambassador to Belarus
PROCESSES
A bitter power struggle is in underway in the FSB: why General Tkachev’s subordinates are under attack

EVENTS
The Arctic Forum: Rosatom’s ideas, policy from Trutnev, Rosneft’s Arctic cluster and Novatek’s new priorities
ACTORS
Seleznev exits Gazprom, Shell ousted from Baltic LNG project, Miller’s prospects & manoeuvring by Timchenko & Rotenbergs
An Arctic LNG cluster, Dukov-Mikhelson ties & possible problems for Gazprom
PROCESSES
Calvey house arrest, Putin’s daughter & FSB vulnerabilities
Against the political grain: the release of Serebrennikov
Arkhangelsk demonstrations & the Kremlin’s options amid growing regional protest activity

EVENTS
What does Russia want from Ukraine’s presidential elections?
ACTORS
Abyzov arrest: corporate conflict & pressure on Medvedev
Ishayev arrest: caught between Sechin, Kiriyenko & Trutnev
PROCESSES

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