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Anna Arutunyan

Senior Analyst, Russia

Crisis Group Role

Anna Arutunyan joined Crisis Group in December 2017 as Senior Analyst for Russia. She is based in Moscow and provides coverage of Russian political and social conflict. Her areas of expertise are Russian politics and security, Russian society and social conflict in Russia.

Professional Background

Before joining Crisis Group, Anna Arutunyan was a journalist covering Russia for publications around the world. Her work has appeared in the European Council on Foreign Relations, Open Democracy, Jane's Intelligence Review, and Foreign Policy, and she is the author of three books on Russia, including The Putin Mystique (2014). Anna has worked as a fellow for the Kennan Institute in 2015, as a correspondent for USA Today and as a news editor at The Moscow News.


  • English (native)
  • Russian (native)


  • “Only Connect: Russia Between Individualism and Collectivism”, The Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2016.
  • “The Putin Mystique: Inside Russia’s Power Cult”, Interlink Press, 2014.
  • “Freedom, Repression and Private Property in Russia”, co-authored with Vladimir Shlapentokh, Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • “The Media in Russia”, Open University Press, 2009.

In The News

27 Aug 2018
[The rapprochement between Russia and Turkey] demonstrates a striking level of pragmatism in this relationship. Associated Press

Anna Arutunyan

Senior Analyst, Russia
5 Apr 2018
[The] assumption that [President Putin has] a grand evil plan only feeds the domestic myth of a Russia under siege. Newsweek

Anna Arutunyan

Senior Analyst, Russia

Latest Updates

Is Russia Changing Its Calculus in Eastern Ukraine?

Amid expectations that Russia will test Ukraine’s new president with escalatory actions, it appears that its calculus is to wait for Kyiv’s administration to make the first move – while quietly helping the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics entrench themselves economically.

Getting Aid to Separatist-held Ukraine

The front lines in eastern Ukraine are slowly freezing in place, as is civilian deprivation in the conflict zone. An embargo, bureaucracy and distrust conspire to keep humanitarian aid out. Russia and Ukraine should find politically neutral ways to unblock the flow of assistance.

What to Expect of President Putin’s Foreign Policy in His New Term

Many wonder what the world should expect now that Russia’s Vladimir Putin has been re-elected for what is supposed to be his final term. Understanding what motivates the Kremlin could help Western policymakers build an approach toward Russia that combines pressure with opportunities for engagement.