Alexander Baunov

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


MA, Moscow State University, 1995


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Alexander Baunov is a senior associate 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).

  • Commentary September 21, 2016 Русский
    Authoritarianism by Stealth: Russia After the Duma Elections

    The look of Russia’s parliamentary election was different, even if the results were the same. Russia’s ruling regime is trying to preserve its legitimacy by being more flexible and more respectable. This system may eventually contain the seeds of its own transformation.

  • Commentary September 1, 2016 Русский
    Heirless in Tashkent: How Autocratic Regimes Manage a Succession

    Change is coming to the regimes of Central Asia, with Uzbekistan only the first state to experience a succession crisis. The departure of a long-standing leader can result in regime consolidation, but a struggle for power can also lead to a period of glasnost and democratization.

  • Commentary August 19, 2016 Русский
    The Crimean Saboteurs and Russia’s New Ultimatum

    The Kremlin is using the alleged terrorist plot in Crimea as way of delivering an ultimatum to its Western partners. It’s saying: “You said yourselves that there can be no military solution to the deadlock over Crimea and Donbas, so go ahead and broker a peaceful settlement. If you can’t, Russia reserves the right to make the next move.”

  • Commentary July 29, 2016 Русский
    Why Turkey’s Military Coup Is Impossible in Russia

    The military takes over when it feels superior to the rest of society. Its perceived superiority lies in the view of the army in developing nations as the primary instrument of modernization. The Turkish coup failed because soldiers have lost that status in Turkish society—a process that happened long ago in Russia.

  • Russia
    Strategic Europe July 9, 2016
    Russia Eyes NATO in Warsaw

    Russian diplomats see almost every NATO summit as a hostile event. There is particular bitterness when alliance leaders meet in a former Soviet or Warsaw Pact capital.

  • Commentary June 28, 2016 Русский
    A Multipolar Europe: Why Russia Likes Brexit

    The Kremlin is enjoying the discomfort that Brexit is causing to the European Union. But that does not mean that it wants Europe broken up. It just wants a return to old-fashioned bilateral diplomacy.

  • Commentary June 16, 2016 Русский
    Russia, Orlando, and the Chance to Turn a Page

    The sympathy expressed by President Putin and the Russian media for the victims of the Orlando attack gives Russia the opportunity to discard its discredited homophobic policies and to attempt a similar offer of rapprochement to the one Putin extended after the September 11 attacks.

  • Commentary June 6, 2016 Русский
    Putin and the Greeks: The Limits of Orthodox Diplomacy

    The central aim of Vladimir Putin’s visit to Greece was to declare the spiritual unity of two Orthodox nations, Greece and Russia. But Putin’s pilgrimage showed the limitations of that message. Greek Orthodoxy is fully compatible with its democracy and place in Europe.

  • Commentary April 28, 2016 Русский
    The Static Regime: Russia’s Reversion from Popular Autocracy

    Russia has generally been a static autocracy throughout its history, rejecting the dynamic popular activism of Mao’s China or revolutionary China. The hybrid war in the Donbas was the occasion for a flirtation with extreme politics led from below. But the Kremlin has reverted to the norm, sensing the danger of giving its most loyal supporters too much power.

  • Commentary April 12, 2016 Русский
    Dutch Unease: Why the Netherlands Turned Away From Ukraine

    The Dutch didn’t reject the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine because they are sympathetic to Russia. They rejected it because they believe that Ukraine, like Russia, is unprepared to join the European community.

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