Category Archives: Economics

Council of Europe urged to investigate Azerbaijan bribery allegations

One of Europe’s most venerable human rights bodies has been warned it risks falling into irrelevance unless it sets up a robust investigation into allegations of vote-rigging in favour of Azerbaijan’s authoritarian regime. The parliamentary assembly of the Council of

How State-Sponsored Blackmail Works in Russia

  How State-Sponsored Blackmail Works in Russia The art of kompromat Chris Wattie / Reuters In January 1999, Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov was summoned to the Kremlin by then-President Boris Yeltsin’s chief of staff, who showed him a videotape of

What makes Putin tick, and what the West should do

REPORT What makes Putin tick, and what the West should do Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy Friday, January 13, 2017 Editor’s Note:This piece is adapted with permission from “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” By Fiona Hill and Clifford