Leonid Ragozin

Leonid Ragozin

Leonid Ragozin is a freelance journalist based in Riga.

Europe

Victory Day and Russia's war cult

Why is the Kremlin so obsessed with World War II?

Victory Day and Russia's war cult

Russia

Putin will go before 2036

Proposed constitutional amendments circumventing presidential term limits will not save Putin from the inevitable.

Putin will go before 2036

Russia

Putinism and Putin's retirement plan

The Russian president is making early preparations for his retirement. What does this mean for Russia?

Putinism and Putin's retirement plan

Ukraine

How Ukraine's Zelenskyy is winning hearts and minds in Russia

The Ukrainian president's New Year address overshadowed Vladimir Putin's and won the praise of many Russians.

How Ukraine's Zelenskyy is winning hearts and minds in Russia

Europe

The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, but a new one was put up in 1991

At the heart of Ukraine's troubles is the establishment of a hard border with Russia which has never existed before.

The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, but a new one was put up in 1991

Russia

The Kremlin's anger is proof that Navalny is winning

Despite attempts to silence the opposition leader, the trajectory of public opinion is shifting away from Putin.

The Kremlin's anger is proof that Navalny is winning

Ukraine

The fallout of the Trump-Zelenskyy phone call in Ukraine

Ukrainians have been having doubts about Western commitment to Ukrainian democracy; the recent scandal confirmed them.

The fallout of the Trump-Zelenskyy phone call in Ukraine

Russia

Putin risks losing Moscow

Russia's revitalised pro-democracy movement is increasingly gaining ground in the Russian capital.

Putin risks losing Moscow

Europe

What is behind the recent spat between Georgia and Russia?

The recent escalation in tensions serves political interests in both Moscow and Tbilisi.

What is behind the recent spat between Georgia and Russia?

Russia

Change is coming to Russia, but very slowly

Putin is losing popularity, but why has the opposition failed to gain much ground?

Change is coming to Russia, but very slowly

Ukraine

Why ethnopolitics doesn't work in Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko's electoral failure shows the limits of using ethnonationalism as a political strategy in Ukraine.

Why ethnopolitics doesn't work in Ukraine

Russia

Annexation of Crimea: A masterclass in political manipulation

Ukraine's revolution had the potential to dig Putin's political grave, but he managed to turn the situation on its head.

Annexation of Crimea: A masterclass in political manipulation