Discussion: Favorite/least fav. professional Russia-watchers?

Is there a particular Russia watcher, scholar or journalist whose work you like/read frequently/enjoy/admire? What qualities of their work appeal to you? Are there any Russia-watchers whose work you can’t stand? I’m curious to know.

This post is an experiment in creating (hopefully) lively discussion. In the comments apparently, because there are no forum or chat-style post formats on WordPress.

(Just please refrain from ad-homineming those Russia-watchers to death.)



  1. Hey JT! Peter here from The Elicitor. Great discussion question and I am curious to hear what other people say. As for me, here are some who came immediately to mind, good and not so good (to put it mildly).

    Good…Dmitri Trenin, Mark Galeotti, Maxim Trudolyubov, Matthew Rojansky, Michael Kofman, Samuel Charap, Nikolay Petrov, Richard Sakwa, Henry Hale, Hannah Thoburn, Joshua Yaffa, Vladislav Inozemtsev, Andrei Kolesnikov, Gustav Gressel

    Not So Good…Michael McFaul, Anne Applebaum, Gary Kasparov, Julia Ioffe, John Schindler

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  2. Good: Stephen Cohen, Richard Sakwa, Gilbert Doctorow, Nicolai Petro, Alexander Mercouris, Gordon Hahn, Patrick Armstrong, Pepe Escobar.

    Bad: Masha Gessen, Anne Applebaum, Edward Lucas, Juiia Ioffe, Karen Dawisha, Michael McFaul, Gary Kasparov.


  3. Bear with me, I’ve got a long list.
    scholars: Andrei Tsygankov, Richard Sakwa, Allen C Lynch
    journalists: Danielle Ryan, Natylie Baldwin, Ben Aris
    analysts: Alexander Mercouris, Dmitri Trenin, Maxim Suchkov, Gordon Hahn, Patrick Armstrong
    Honorable mentions: Mark Adomanis, Stephen F Cohen, Nicolai Petro

    scholars: Karen Dawisha, post-2014 Mark Galeotti
    journalists: Masha Gessen, Michael Weiss, Ed Lucas, Luke Harding, Julia Ioffe
    analysts/other: Anne Applebaum, Garry Kasparov, Peter Pomerantsev
    Honorable mentions: Ben Judah

    I’ll post reasons for my choices in a second comment.


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