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Foreign Proxies

Here we examine both pro-Russian and pro-Western actors setting agendas and mood on the ground in what is becoming an ideological battle over the very meaning of progress.

Foreign Proxies: Russia’s Hunt for New Friends

Introduction

As Russia reasserts its global relevance, the Kremlin is forging unlikely friendships

Where Putin Wants You to Pray in Paris

Feature

The Kremlin has a plan to win back French hearts, minds and souls: ‘St Vladimir’s’ on the Seine.

Mission Implausible: The Honorary Consul of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’

Dispatch

Ukraine’s Russian-backed separatists cannot have diplomatic ties with the Czech Republic—but they won’t let that get in the way of ‘representation’

Searching for Putin’s Swedish Friends

Dispatch

Dissatisfied with the mainstream media, Sweden’s old left and alt-right find common ground on Russia

Made in Bulgaria: Pro-Russian Propaganda

Dispatch

Bulgarian fake-news agents often promote Moscow’s line not for Russia’s sake, but for their own political interests

The Monumental Obsession of Bulgaria’s Russophiles

Dispatch

Could a campaign to protect Soviet-era statues become a future Kremlin Trojan horse in Bulgaria?

Russia’s New ‘Useful Idiots’?

Review

There are echoes of Soviet times in the way Russia has been courting far-right activists in the West. A new book looks at how and why it does it.

Anti-Fake News Center Doesn’t Czech

Feature

The Czech government is on the defensive over its efforts to combat Russian disinformation before this weekend’s elections