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Russia Direct is an international analytical media outlet about Russian foreign policy and its current relations with key international actors, the U.S. in particular. Founded in 2013, it provides the kind of nuanced understanding required by those with a deep involvement and interest in international relations. Long-term, the goal of the project is to improve multilateral relations at the interpersonal, inter-agency and intergovernmental levels. At Russia Direct, we hope that with our help, monologues will convert into full-fledged dialogue between Russia and other countries.

Russia Direct features articles, as well as quarterly reports and monthly memos which are available to subscribers only. Also it organises the events for business community, representatives of governmental sector and experts where they can gather together to discuss the different topics relevant for their spheres of professional activity. 

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22.04.2015

Russia’s largest Internet company is locked in a major dispute with rival Google, a situation complicated by highly unfavorable investment conditions in Russia. Can Yandex compete by itself or does it need the help of the Russian government?

07.04.2015

While many factors remain outside of the control of Russian Studies programs, there are certain factors that can be improved.

The crisis in Ukraine has only served to highlight a lack of understanding of Russia in the U.S. government – a lack of understanding that is clearly hampering U.S. foreign policy towards Russia. At a time when we are descending into a new Cold War with Russia, the U.S. government lacks a whole cadre of qualified people to be able to resolve this crisis.

23.03.2015

Russia Direct asked four prominent experts what should be done with America’s Russian Studies programs to boost understanding of Russia in U.S. academic and political circles.

One unintended consequence of the standoff between Russia and the U.S. over the Ukraine crisis has been the renewed attention for Russian Studies programs in the U.S. Long neglected after the conclusion of the Cold War, these programs are now starting to regain their former prominence.

20.03.2015

Russian Studies graduates in the United States need less 19th century literature, more 21st century finance.

By Dominic Basulto

Today, it’s impossible to understand the nuances of modern Russia without having a top-flight knowledge of economics and finance. Not just classic microeconomics of the sort that you’d get in a university’s Econ 101 class – but knowledge of currency markets, international debt markets, and modern commodity markets. Today’s Russia experts need this to understand all of the factors currently roiling modern Russian currency crises, sharp swings in the price of oil, free trade deals, debt downgrades and equity market reactions to political events – they’re all topics that are helping to determine the arc of both Russian foreign and domestic policy.

12.12.2014

By Vladimir Korovkin

With Western sanctions putting a squeeze on the Russian financial system, the Kremlin is willing to consider innovative new economic ideas. One of them is microfinance.