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Mongolia’s new president won’t affect ties with Russia

Authors: Alexey Mikhalev, Buryat State University and Artyom Lukin, Far Eastern Federal University

In June 2021, Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, the former chairman of the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) and prime minister, became the sixth President of Mongolia. The run-up to the presidential election was turbulent even by the standards of modern Mongolian politics.

The incumbent president Khaltmaagiin Battulga of the Democratic Party — who had been blocked from running for a second term by the MPP-dominated parliament — sought to mobilise popular support by gathering mass rallies in the main square of Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar. Yet Khurelsukh mostly relied on support from the bureaucracy and law enforcement.

Khurelsukh’s presidency is unlikely to affect Ulaanbaatar’s relations with Moscow. Russia, along with China, is a critical neighbour and partner for Mongolia. 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic…

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