Alexander Baunov

Senior Fellow
Editor in Chief of
Carnegie Moscow Center
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Baunov is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center and editor in chief of


MA, Moscow State University, 1995


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Alexander Baunov is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center and editor in chief of

Before joining Carnegie, Baunov spent five years working as a senior editor at the independent news website, where he worked since its launch. Baunov has written on a wide variety of international and domestic topics, including modern Russian ideology, Russian foreign policy, Russia’s place in the modern world, Ukraine, the European economic crisis, the Arab Spring, and the 2011–2012 Moscow protests.

Before joining, Baunov was a reporter for Russian Newsweek, where he later headed the magazine’s team of international reporters. He has reported from a variety of places, including the polar areas of Norway, South Africa, Japan, and Chile.

Baunov turned to reporting after five years of service at the Russian Foreign Ministry, during which time he spent a number of years posted in Athens. This was in part due to his Master’s degree in Ancient Greek, Latin, and Classical Literature from Moscow State University in 1995.

In 2013, he was on the short list for the PolitProsvet journalism award and headed the award’s selection committee the following year.

Baunov is the author of WikiLeaks: Backdoor Diplomacy (Moscow, 2011) and Mif Tesen (Moscow, 2015). In 2016, he won a prestigious award from the Liberal Mission foundation for Mif Tesen.

  • Commentary January 11, 2022
    Will the Crisis in Kazakhstan Signal Change in Its Foreign Policy?

    The protests in Kazakhstan are social, anti-authoritarian, and anti-nepotism, but they are not anti-Russian. That may change as a result of the authorities receiving military assistance from Moscow, the former imperial capital.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 20, 2021
    In Putin's Russia, the Past Is Never Past

    Their motivation is quite simple: Too much light on past repression, the Kremlin fears, could lead Russians to question the government’s present-day activities, including the jailing of opposition politicians, repression of civil society, and harsh new laws against independent media and NGOs.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 20, 2021
    In Putin’s Russia, the Past Is Never Past

    At the Russian Supreme Court in Moscow, the country’s oldest nongovernmental and best-known human rights organization—Memorial—is fighting for its life. State prosecutors have brought a case to close it down, alleging violations of a controversial law regulating the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Russia. But the verdict, which could come as early as Dec. 28, will decide much more than the fate of Memorial, which documents the crimes of the Soviet regime and commemorates the regime’s victims. At stake is an even bigger question: Who in today’s Russia has control over the past?

  • Последний подход к Минску. Как соглашения стали громоотводом в отношениях России с США Commentary December 9, 2021 Русский
    Will Putin Get What He Wants on Ukraine?

    For now, Biden is the leader who prevented a war, but that’s not to say that the summit will be followed by a rapid de-escalation: not until Moscow sees new steps being taken by Washington on Ukraine. First and foremost, that means progress on implementing the Minsk agreements.

  • Привлекающий маневр. Если завтра война с Украиной Commentary December 1, 2021 Русский
    Are Russia and Ukraine Once Again on the Brink of War?

    Russia’s military preparations and other actions signal that Moscow has recognized the danger of coexisting with a fortified area on its border, but doesn’t yet know what to do about it.

  • Пир поглотителей. Может ли саммит в Глазго очистить атмосферу между Западом и Россией Commentary November 17, 2021 Русский
    Can COP26 Clear the Air Between Russia and the West?

    Russia, it appears, wants to advance its own ecological agenda, but is not prepared to accept anyone else’s objectives.

  • Кризис лидерства. Мир после выхода США из Афганистана Commentary August 23, 2021 Русский
    Lessons for Russia From the U.S. Leadership Crisis

    It would be foolish to assume the American withdrawal from Afghanistan will be repeated everywhere else that there is a U.S. presence.

  • Поток суверенитетов. Зачем США одобрили трубу из России в Европу Commentary July 29, 2021 Русский
    Why Everyone’s a Winner in the Nord Stream 2 Deal

    The agreement between Germany and the United States, which at first glance appears to be to Russia’s advantage, is in fact beneficial to all parties—even Ukraine.

  • Commentary June 17, 2021 Русский
    Putin’s New (Old) Russia Meets Biden’s New America

    What Moscow is proposing is a renewed format of Cold War–era relations, when the two sides operated in full recognition of their obvious differences, contained each other’s expansion, and together wrote the rules needed to avoid a fatal collision.

  • Commentary April 29, 2021 Русский
    Escalation and Retreat: The New Model for U.S.-Russian Relations?

    The deliberate stoking of tensions to enable a show of strength followed by an equally deliberate retreat could become an everyday tool used in foreign policy: a regular swing of the pendulum between escalation and de-escalation.

  • Russia Today May 22, 2017
    People in Power?

    Russia has never received so much attention from the West, but perhaps for all the wrong reasons. Overshadowed by allegations of interference in Western democracies, is the story of Russia’s own social and political awakening.

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