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La cathédrale Saint-Basil et la tour Spasskaya du Kremlin de Moscou et le coucher de soleil d'été avec des nuages colorés

Post-Soviet Russia has gradually asserted itself as an imperial and anti-Western power, representing a threat to the independence of its Eurasian neighbors, as well as to the post-Cold War international order. The Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 is the culmination of this behavior, with both regional and global consequences. Now cut off and isolated from the Euro-Atlantic space, Russia is seeking to deepen its partnership with China and to turn towards non-Western worlds, especially in Asia and Africa. In the Eurasian space, historically dominated by Russia, the war amplifies centrifugal tendencies. The speed and depth of the transformations underway require constant and precise monitoring of the internal and external policies of the countries in the area.

Founded in 2005 at Ifri, the Russia/Eurasia Center produces research and organizes debates on Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. Its objective is to understand and anticipate the evolution of this complex and rapidly changing region in order to enrich the public debate in France and Europe, and to assist in strategic, political and economic decision-making. Over time, the Russia/Eurasia Center has developed a network of contacts from institutions and civil society in the countries of the Eurasian space, and has established multiple partnerships with research institutes in Europe and around the world.

The digital collection Russia.Eurasia.Visions (formerly Russia.Nei.Visions), published by the Center, has become a reference point, with articles published in three languages (French, English and Russian). Relying on a network of leading experts and promising young researchers, it offers original analyses intended for public and private decision-makers, researchers, as well as for a wider public interested in the area.


Director of Ifri's Russia / Eurasia Center

Dimitri MINIC

Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center 


Project Officer, Russia / Eurasia Center

Pavel BAEV

Associate Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center

Bobo LO

Associate Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center


Associate Fellow, Russia / Eurasia and Geopolitics of Technologies Centers

Florian VIDAL

Associate Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center

Russian life
The Economy and Society research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / Eurasia Center deals with economic issues and the evolution of the Russian society: formation of elites, human potential, youth, middle class, protests...
From May 2021, Russia will chair the Arctic Council for two years. During this period, Moscow vows to promote economic development and environmental protection of the polar region. At the same time, Russia continues to implement its ambitious political, economic and military...
Kiev / Minsk / Astana
The Eurasia research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / Eurasia Center analyses the evolutions of New Independent States (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaïdjan, Kazakhstan, Ouzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tadjikistan and Kirghizistan) and...
Close up of Moscow oil refinery in Kapotnya district, Russia
The Russian Energy Policy research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / Eurasia Center focuses on the reshaping of the Russian energy landscape and its implications in terms of foreign policy.
Vladimir Putin with Sergey Lavrov. 23.03.2016
The Foreign Policy and Security research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / Eurasia Center analyses the relations of Russia and the Eurasian States with the rest of the world, with a special focus on security issues. 
Moscow, Russia. 19th January, 2020. Opposition supporters hold a copy of Russia's constitution during a rally against constitutional reforms proposed by President Vladimir Putin in central Moscow
The Domestic Politics research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / Eurasia Center analyses Russian domestic politics, the evolution of the political system and its elites, as well as their relations with society.
By: Aleksei ZAKHAROV

This paper examines the trajectory of India-Russia relations post-February 2022. The war in Ukraine emerged as a significant challenge for bilateral ties, presenting new obstacles to political and diplomatic relations and intensifying the previous difficulties in developing economic...


The Russian army is very critical of its war in Ukraine. Not just of the first phase of the failed special military operation (SVO), which was inspired by the theorization of bypassing, but also of the strategic deterrence phase that preceded it.

Tuesday 11 June 2024
from 09:30 to 11:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The gradual hardening of Vladimir Putin's regime, the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and the partial mobilization in September have triggered waves of massive departures of Russians abroad, particularly to European countries. Often perceived as a challenge, these flows bring...

Thursday 04 April 2024
from 13:30 to 18:45 - Conférences

Two years after the start of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, the France-Ukraine 2024 Forum will welcome politicians, experts, academics and members of associations from both countries.

Friday 10 March 2023
from 13:30 to 18:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

One year after the beginning of the war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine, the second France-Ukraine Forum will host political officials, experts, academics, and association members from both countries to discuss three main issues: military aspects and scenarios for ending the war;...

Tuesday 13 September 2022 to Wednesday 21 September 2022
from Tuesday 13 September 2022 10:00 to Wednesday 21 September 2022 11:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Over six months since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, what was to be a three days blitzoperation has turned into an ugly war of attrition with many strategic and tactical surprises. Putin is now doubt now counting on Ukraine and the West to bow first while Russia’s resilience will...

Thursday 09 June 2022
from 12:30 to 14:00 - Conférences

Russia’s war on Ukraine has shaken the foundations of Western foreign policy and the multilateral rules-based order. Institutions built to preserve this order – like NATO, the G7, and the EU – have had to rethink their threat assessments and postures. France, Germany, Italy, and the UK have...

Thursday 25 November 2021
from 15:00 to 16:00 - Videoconferences

Since 2014, Ukraine's territorial integrity and security have been challenged by Russia's annexation of Crimea and by the conflict in Donbas. Military maneuvers in spring and October 2021 have raised the threat of open armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Kyiv, on the other hand,...

Wednesday 09 June 2021
from 16:00 to 17:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

After four years of a Trump presidency marked by “Russiagate”, the election of Joe Biden at the end of 2020 marks a new turning point in Russian-American relations. While the change in the American administration allowed the New START treaty on strategic arms reduction to be saved in...

By: Dimitri MINIC, quoted by Robyn Dixon in The Washington Post

To be sure government spending reaches the battlefield in Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin is suddenly putting high priority on purging Defense Ministry officials accused of corruption. Russia's war in Ukraine has turned out to be a powerful anti-corruption initiative — at least at the...