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Ruslan Kostyuk

Biography

Ruslan Kostyuk is a professor at St. Petersburg State University, Doctor of Historical Sciences. His research interests include the history and current state of the international left-wing movement, European foreign policy, political processes of European construction, and the phenomenon of transnational political parties in Europe.

27.07.2015

Why the Crimean vacation of French MPs matters so much

Why the Crimean vacation of French MPs matters so much

The visit by French parliamentarians to Crimea – even if on non-official business – is another propaganda trump card in the Kremlin's hand

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15.07.2015

Iranian nuclear deal: Diplomatic success or geopolitical disaster?

Iranian nuclear deal: Diplomatic success or geopolitical disaster?

With Iran and the P5+1 having finally signed a nuclear deal in Vienna, it is still unclear if the agreement is a breakthrough or a disaster

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06.07.2015

Will the Kremlin use the Greek crisis to its advantage?

Will the Kremlin use the Greek crisis to its advantage?

With Greece voting against EU-proposed austerity reforms in the July 5 referendum, it remains to be seen if the Kremlin will use the potential split within the EU to its advantage

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27.06.2015

The implications of the EU Summit for Russia

The implications of the EU Summit for Russia

If the latest EU summit is any indication, Europe appears to be increasingly divided by issues such as the Greek bailout and sanctions against Russia

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09.06.2015

After Turkey's elections, Russia's Turkish Stream still on-stream

After Turkey's elections, Russia's Turkish Stream still on-stream

While Turkey’s ruling party fared worse than expected in national elections, there is no reason why Russian work on the Turkish Stream pipeline project will not continue

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27.05.2015

The implication's of Spain's political elections for Russia

The implication's of Spain's political elections for Russia

The rise of a strong leftist, populist party in Spain could ultimately lead to a restoration of trade ties with Russia and greater support for cooperation between Madrid and Moscow

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25.05.2015

Elections in Poland don't augur well for Russia

Elections in Poland don't augur well for Russia

Poland just elected Europe’s most right-wing president with known anti-Russian foreign policy views. What will the consequences be for Russia?

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08.05.2015

What does Cameron's victory in UK elections mean for the Kremlin?

What does Cameron's victory in UK elections mean for the Kremlin?

The elections in Britain, which were dubbed as completely unpredictable, will have predictable implications for Russia – and here is why

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20.04.2015

What the Finnish parliamentary elections mean for Russia

What the Finnish parliamentary elections mean for Russia

Finland’s new government has to address the concerns of those Finnish voters suffering from the collapse in trade with Russia

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10.04.2015

Greece: A new Trojan horse of the Kremlin?

Greece: A new Trojan horse of the Kremlin?

Despite the sensationalist hype surrounding the visit of Greek PM Alexis Tsipras to Moscow, the real reason for the trip was simply to enable Greece to explore new directions in its foreign policy

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23.03.2015

What elections in France could mean for Russian foreign policy

What elections in France could mean for Russian foreign policy

Recent elections in France indicate that the French President is losing popularity among voters. Given the current policy of Paris towards Russia, the Kremlin might use this split in French politics to its advantage in the debate over Ukraine

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06.03.2015

Why Italy is looking to break Russia’s isolation from the West

Why Italy is looking to break Russia’s isolation from the West

After Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s diplomatic visit to Moscow, the obvious question becomes: Why exactly is Italy seeking to restore relations with the Kremlin?

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28.01.2015

Can Europe's rising tide of separatism take root in Russia?

Can Europe's rising tide of separatism take root in Russia?

With separatist sentiments gaining traction in Europe, there are concerns about their implications for Russia. But are these fears well-grounded?

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24.01.2015

Why the parliamentary elections in Greece matter to the Kremlin

Why the parliamentary elections in Greece matter to the Kremlin

The snap parliamentary elections in Greece that will take place on Jan. 25 could lead to the victory of the left radicals, a development that Russia might use to lobby its interests against EU sanctions

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05.06.2014

Europe is starting to embrace Russia. Just not fast enough

Europe is starting to embrace Russia. Just not fast enough

The largely pro-Russia Eurosceptics may have triumphed in EU parliamentary elections, but don’t expect major changes in EU policy towards Russia anytime soon

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