Yury Barmin

Yury Barmin

Yury Barmin is an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council covering the Middle East and North Africa, Moscow's policy towards the region as well as the conflicts in Syria and Libya. He regularly contributes his analysis to Al Monitor, the Middle East Institute, Al Sharq Forum and FARAS Center. Mr Barmin holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Saudi Arabia

Can Mohammed bin Salman break the Saudi-Wahhabi pact?

The Saudi crown prince has launched an ambitious modernisation plan. But what does this mean for its religious elite?

Can Mohammed bin Salman break the Saudi-Wahhabi pact?

Mohammed bin Salman

Will Mohammed bin Salman be Arabia's Vladimir Putin?

Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to consolidate power mirror Vladimir Putin's, but there is an important difference.

Will Mohammed bin Salman be Arabia's Vladimir Putin?

Europe

How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938