Olga Lautman

Olga Lautman

Senior Fellow

Olga Lautman is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Olga is also the creator and co-host of Kremlin File podcast series, which features expert discussions on the Kremlin’s internal affairs, global operations, and tactics used from their hybrid warfare toolkit to destabilize Western democracies. Olga’s research focuses on the cross-section of organized crime and intelligence operations in Russia and Ukraine, their impact on the West, and the monitoring of active measures campaigns conducted by the Kremlin to destabilize democratic practices and influence foreign elections.

Written by Olga Lautman

Photo: MOSCOW, RUSSIA – DECEMBER 28, 2021: A Memorial society supporter and law enforcement officers are seen outside the Russian Supreme Court during a hearing of arguments of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office and international public organization Memorial Society (a non-profit organization declared a foreign agent in Russia). Earlier, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office filed a motion to disband the international public organization Memorial Society (a non-profit organization declared a foreign agent in Russia) and its subdivisions for violating the 'Foreign Agent' law. Founded in 1989, Memorial is an international historical society researching the political repressions and monitoring human rights in the present-day Russia and other post-Soviet states. The Memorial Society was declared a foreign agent in 2016. Credit: Gavriil Grigorov/TASS. Putin’s Nasty Soviet Nostalgia Vladimir Putin’s state is granting itself ever-greater freedom both abroad and at home; losers include the Russian people.
Photo: Joe Biden meets with Vladimir Putin via video conference to discuss the escalating crisis on Ukraine's border. Credit: Kremlin.ru Putin Extorts Another Meeting The West lacks a strategy to deal with the Kremlin’s regular temper tantrums. It’s time to craft one
Russia: Sound and Fury Signifying Something Russia’s influence machinery is in Stakhanovist overdrive as the Kremlin seeks to mask its intentions and frighten its opponents
Will Putin Set Europe Ablaze? Russia is once again playing mind games with its long-suffering neighbors and the West. The only response is unapologetic resolve.
Russia-NATO Relations: Back to Rock Bottom Diplomatic battles with NATO feed Russia's desire for attention. (and contribute to its efforts to spread disdain for the West.)
Catalonia: Where There’s Trouble There’s Russia The October 2017 Catalonia referendum gives a good insight into the Kremlin’s ability to identify and exploit weaknesses in democratic states.