Polina Popova

Polina Popova is a Russian-British freelance writer and aspiring journalist. She received a Bachelor's degree in Law and Politics from the University of Manchester. After a short stint at General Electrics (GE) working as a paralegal, she continued her education at Sorbonne University where she obtained a Master's degree in International Relations. Popova's main areas of focus include eastern European politics and society, while she is currently conducting research for her book on Vladimir Putin and post-Soviet Russia.

Health at Home, Death Abroad

Feb 12, 2018

When it comes to Big Tobacco, the message is that British companies’ profits are more important than lives in developing countries. Recent troubling revelations that UK diplomatic staff lobbied for Big Tobacco abroad raise serious questions about Britain’s approach to tobacco control. The UK government is playing a double game,...

Investing in Kazakhstan Is Still a Risky Business

Jan 10, 2018

Extending economic opportunities to Kazakh companies could end up bankrolling the ruling class. Kazakhstan and the European Union are celebrating a landmark partnership agreement that was sealed in December 2017, with an “overwhelming majority” of Parliament members voting to pursue the bloc’s first such deal with a Central Asian country....

Hardline Tories, Move Aside

Sep 26, 2017

Theresa May’s decision to keep Britain in the European Arrest Warrant mechanism is a win-win for courts in Europe and UK alike. In a long-awaited paper, the United Kingdom has finally articulated its strategy for future security cooperation with post-Brexit Europe. The new Future Partnership Paper calls for a comprehensive framework...

Brexit Gets Underway in Divided Britain

Jun 23, 2017

Despite the tough talk in the Queen’s Speech, the UK’s position at the Brexit negotiating table has been weakened. If the results of the British general election revived hope of mitigating Brexit, the long-awaited Queen’s Speech in Parliament has seemingly put all that to bed. In the speech her government penned...

The Cambridge of Spies

May 26, 2017

A Russian academic finds herself caught up in an unlikely spy scandal.  Between Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s push for the £100-million Royal Yacht Britannia, the current government’s “trading nation” narrative and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to put the economy on a nationalized train back to the 1970s, nostalgia seems to be...

Russia Moves to Silence Alexei Navalny

Feb 15, 2017

Russia will keep sidelining the opposition with ever-growing impunity in the years to come. In what has become an all-too-common pattern, Russian authorities have once again neutralized the only viable candidate who might have stood a chance against President Vladimir Putin come the 2018 elections. Much to the bitter disappointment of Western...

Are Theresa May’s Brexit Hopes Farfetched?

Jan 23, 2017

In a sudden move to pin all of the UK’s post-Brexit hopes on America’s mercurial strongman, does Theresa May know what she is getting herself into? In her long-awaited speech on January 17, British Prime Minister Theresa May finally clarified the phrase “Brexit means Brexit.” Despite previous assurances that the Conservative government...

Aiming at Russia, West Shoots Itself in the Foot

Dec 20, 2016

When it comes to Europe’s dealing with Russia, there is a strong temptation to weigh individuals according to their pro- or anti-Moscow credentials. On December 12, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was in Serbia with an invidious task to fulfil: convince Belgrade that Russia wants closer cooperation between the two...

The End of Nuclear Diplomacy Between Russia and US

Oct 25, 2016

A world without nuclear weapons seems as far removed now as during the 1980s. In 2000, Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin signed a deal calling on both countries to reduce their stockpiles of weapons-grade plutonium. The deal, called the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement (PMDA), was the hallmark of an...

In Greece, Syriza Jeopardizes Freedom of the Press

Sep 02, 2016

The Greek government has been taking steps that curb the country’s freedom of the press. While outside media coverage of Greece this summer has focused on the migrants stranded at the gates of Europe, the far-left Syriza party continues to juggle the state’s astronomical debt and contentious negotiations over bailouts and harsh austerity...

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