Published by Hurst Publishers in the UK, and Oxford University Press in the US. A Financial Times Politics Book of the Year 2021 A Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2022 Shortlisted for the 2022 Pushkin House Book Prize. Translated in: Dutch (Xander); Finnish (Bazar) French (Tallandier); Hungarian (Alexandra Kiadó); German (Hoffmann und Campe); Polish (Zysk […]Read more "Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future?"
What is National-Patriotism? An answer in pictures.Read more "Russian National-Patriotism: a Journey in Pictures"
In 2008 I read about a double murder in Russia. It made such a strong effect on me that I talked about it with friends and thought about it for some time. It described how two men, one from Dagestan, the other from Tajikistan, were abducted by a neo-Nazi group and taken to an unknown forest.Read more "Death of a Russian Neo-Nazi"
When the life and limb of Navalny were under threat, many could not but ask: what will happen with what Navalny has built, if anything happens to him? In spite of all the talks about his talent, personality, leadership or charisma, Navalny has turned into something bigger than himself.Read more "Navalny without Navalny"
When anything bad happens in Russia, you’ll usually find there are two types of Russia-watchers: the ‘believers’ and the ‘sceptics’. The believers will immediately see the hand of Vladimir Putin, his direct, personal involvement, his orders. The sceptics will not rule out his involvement, but like Yana Gorokhovskaya, they’ll argue that Russia is not ‘a highly centralised system that he controls manually’, that Putin is ‘certainly Russia’s most important decision-maker’, but ‘the political system is not his personal well-oiled machine’. There are many groups and individuals with political agency, operating without Putin’s knowledge, and sometimes against his own interests.Read more "‘Putin did Navalny’"
A few thoughts on Navalny as the ‘leader of the opposition’Read more "‘They haven’t killed me yet, which is unacceptable for a real opposition politician’"
A few thoughts on Sobchak and Gudkov’s new party, and Navalny’s strategy.Read more "In Russia, liberals must live long"
‘Democratically oriented’ Russians had basically three strategies left to them in these elections. To vote for one of the two liberal candidates: Ksenya Sobchak or Grigori Yavlinsky. To boycott the elections. To rally around the main opposition candidate, the communist Pavel Grudinin. The results are in and Max Katz, a political organizer and consultant , has nailed it: ‘Nothing has worked’:Read more "The Russian Liberal Opposition: ‘Nothing Has Worked’"
Traduction d’un article de l’économiste russe Vladislav Inozemtsev, paru dans Snob, le 18 octobre 2016.Read more "Les sources du poutinisme"
Traduction d’un article d’Oleg Kashin, paru dans Republic, le 18 mai 2017.Read more "La fin de « Pour votre liberté et pour la nôtre. »"