Maxim Samorukov

Deputy Editor of
Carnegie Moscow Center
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Samorukov is a fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center and deputy editor of


MA, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 2008


Czech; English; Polish; Russian; Serbo-Croatian; Spanish

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Maxim Samorukov is a fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center and deputy editor of

Before joining Carnegie in 2015, Samorukov worked for the independent news website for five years. He started as a correspondent and then became an editor and international columnist, covering topics including Russian foreign policy, Central Eastern Europe and its relations with Russia, Balkans, and the challenges of transitioning to democracy.

  • Commentary December 6, 2021
    Tuning Out Putin on Ukraine is Easy – and Self-Defeating

    Putin wants Biden to finally face up to an unpleasant dilemma. The message is simple: Washington needs to brace itself for its partner Ukraine to be soundly defeated militarily in what would be an especially humiliating re-run of recent events in Afghanistan. Or it can back down and reach a compromise with Moscow over Ukraine.

  • Op-Ed Latvian Institute of International Affairs December 2, 2021
    Perspective from Russia: Belarus and Russia – Allies More in Words than in Deeds

    Few international issues generate more conflicting interpretations than the military cooperation between Belarus and Russia. Alternating between secretive deals and acrimonious disputes, this bumpy relationship regularly puzzles even close observers. At times, the two countries’ dealings are so confusing that the very same arrangements may be seen as either a major boost or a severe blow to Belarusian sovereignty, depending on the viewpoint of the beholder.

  • Очень северный Курдистан. К чему приведет кризис на белорусско-польской границе Commentary November 12, 2021 Русский
    The EU’s Latest Migrant Crisis: Will Belarus Get Its Way?

    There are no signs that anyone in the EU is ready to bow to Lukashenko’s pressure. There’s no reason to do so. In the worst-case scenario, the EU will end up with a few thousand extra refugees: a drop in the ocean.

  • Между транзитом и интеграцией. Почему Москва так мало добилась от Лукашенко Commentary November 10, 2021 Русский
    Russia-Belarus Integration: Why Moscow Gained So Little

    In the current situation, the main objective for the Kremlin is to maintain a controlled, pro-Russian transition of power in neighboring Belarus. If that means sacrificing closer integration, so be it.

  • Commentary August 6, 2021 Русский
    Can Russia and Poland Ever Overcome Their Historical Differences?

    Polish society will not accept the Russian interpretation of World War II and vice versa, so the two nations should stop trying to force their revisions onto each other and jeopardizing their relations over every historical bone of contention.

  • Commentary April 20, 2021 Русский
    Events in Czechia and Belarus Cement Eastern Europe’s New Divide

    With the weekend’s developments in the Czech Republic and Belarus, the new border between Russia and the West is calcifying, eliminating not only movement from one side to the other, but also the freedom not to choose a side.

  • Commentary April 5, 2021
    Are Russia and Ukraine Sliding Into War?

    With Moscow massing its troops on Ukraine’s eastern border and in Crimea, Kyiv has little chance of standing its ground if the standoff deteriorates into a military confrontation. Yet there are reasons to believe that neither side intends to unleash a war.

  • Commentary February 24, 2021
    Why Russia Is Unmoved by Kyiv's Sanctions Against Putin's Friend

    For Russia, renewal of the war—let alone the annexation of the self-proclaimed republics—would be a costly undertaking with unclear benefits. It is bound to be highly unpopular with Russian society, which is fatigued by foreign policy adventurism, and would further complicate Russia’s relations with European countries.

  • Commentary December 31, 2020 Русский
    China’s Relations with Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova: Less Than Meets the Eye

    For all the talk of Beijing’s growing presence in the former Soviet Union, the fruits of Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova’s efforts to deepen cooperation with China have been underwhelming

  • Op-Ed Institut für Sicherheitspolitik September 2, 2020
    The Kremlin and the Protests in Belarus: What’s Russia’s Next Move?

    Massive and persistent, protests in the usually quiet country of Belarus have taken the world by surprise and suddenly brought the country to the centre of Europe's attention.


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