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October 26th 2018 - 10:48

Poland recently completed a major reshuffle of personnel at its Foreign Ministry. Since the Law and Justice Party (PiS) came to power in 2015, Soviet-era graduates of Russia's most prestigious academic institution - the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) - have been gradually dismissed from senior positions at home and abroad. Rather than diminishing Russian influence - purportedly exercised through MGIMO graduates - the move weakens vital expertise at a time when Russian-speaking specialists with the necessary regional knowledge, appreciation of current events, and contacts across the region are most needed.

Read Katarina Kertysova’s op-ed, published by the EUobserver here.

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Katarina Kertysova is a strategic analyst at HCSS. She holds a degree in International Relations and French from the University of St Andrews, after which she pursued security studies at Sciences Po Paris and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).