Russian and Eurasian Studies

Gordon M. Hahn

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by Gordon M. Hahn Russia has advanced forward in something of a tactical and potential strategic victory in the Russo-Western gas war. This is a three-party war, with the US, EU, and Russia each promoting separate interests. It is one sphere where a united West has failed to ‘isolate Russia.’ The US seeks move in […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Timothy Snyder has put out an incoherent video interpretation of Ivan Ilyin, of whom Snyder claims Putin is an admirer, offering no evidence. Snyder’s interpretation of Ilyin’s “three important ideas” is far from lucid and highly ‘interpretative’, to put it mildly. They are, according to Snyder: (1) social advancement is impossible […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Perhaps now, with the fourth presidential term for Vladimir Putin having begun, we can put aside all the empty talk of ‘imminent coups’, color revolutions, ‘fatal illnesses,’ and perhaps the American rusological community that foisted them upon our post-fact world and get down to some realistic forecasting about the tack Putin […]

by Gordon M. Hahn In a recent New York Times article Keith Gessen attempts to explain the long deterioration in post-Cold War US-Russian relations. With a few acknowledgements unusual but now safe for a US mainstream publication to mention given that US-Russian relations are now permanently damaged – Gessen’s attempt is a minimal success ( […]

by Gordon M. Hahn The US government, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL), is claiming a sharp spike in asylum claims from Russian citizens, hitting a 24-year high in 2017, jumping nearly 40 percent from the previous year ( While if true, this is almost certainly an indication of growing dissatisfaction with the government […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Putin’s leading liberal opponent in the Russian presidential election campaign, Kseniya Sobchak, excluded in convincing terms even the remote possibility that Putin was behind the 2000 murder of her father and his mentor, the late pro-democracy Mayor of St. Petersburg Anatolii Sobchak — a version of his death favored in the […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Immediately after I published the following, new revelations emerged from the U.S. National Archives confirming that Western leaders’ promised the Soviet leadership that NATO would not expand and that these promises were quite explicit, not limited to the issue of East Germany. See: National Security Archive December 12, 2017 NATO Expansion: […]