Monday, May 1, 2023

Russia Blocks Western Think Tanks

Here is more from Canada's Global News:

The March edition of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute magazine, Inside Policy, called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine criminal, unprovoked, unjustifiable, and aggressive.
An Ottawa-based think tank made up of academics, activists and former diplomats and politicians, the MLI has been a leading voice against the Russian war in Ukraine.

Two weeks ago, President Vladimir Putin’s government hit back: it blocked the MLI website in Russia and ordered the company that hosts it to shut it down.


Russia has reportedly taken the same action against the US's Wilson Center and Britain's Chatham House

MLI was blacklisted by Russia in 2022, along with senior fellows such as Marcus Kolga, Sarah Teich and Shuvaloy Majumdar.  Russia blacklisted Chatham House the same year.

The Atlantic Council and German Marshall Fund have also been blacklisted by Russia, and so has the Jamestown Foundation.

In 2021, China sanctioned the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and several scholars, and China recently sanctioned the Hudson Institute and its leadership. 

Chinas has also been blocking Western think tank websites, such as the one from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).