Ramseur visits the make-shift memorial to Russia dissident leader Boris Nemtsov, assassinated in here in February 2015. Ramseur served as a volunteer media advisor to Nemtsov when he was governor of Nizhny Novgorod, USSR, in 1993.

David Ramseur was press secretary to Alaska Gov. Steve Cowper on a 1989 trade mission across the Soviet Far East. 

David Ramseur

Other Writings


David argues that the Spring 2018 diplomatic tit-for-tat actions by the US and Russia set back overall relations between the countries which should instead look to Alaska for a successful model of citizen diplomacy: Forced closing of Russia's Seattle consulate will set back U.S.-Russia relations.


I'm honored to have an essay about the theme of my book on Alaska-Russia relations published by a national magazine, Zócalo Public Square. Affiliated with Arizona State University and the Smithsonian, Zócalo’s content goes to 290 media outlets worldwide.


Former News-Miner reporter examines Alaskan, Russian political connections in new book

Sept. 10, 2017; Fairbanks Daily News-Miner


When an Off-Course U-2 Spy Plane out of Alaska Nearly Triggered War

June 11, 2017; Alaska Dispatch News


Alaskan on Cuba: Don't Return to Embargo

March 2, 2017;  Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska has lessons for Trump in working with Russia
Nov. 19, 2016; Alaska Dispatch News


A Chill Wind Blows Through Putin's Icy Far East
September 4, 2016; Newsweek

The Tin God Behind the Ice Curtain

August 2016; Kennan Institute Russia File


Putin policies put a little chill in Alaska-Russia relations
July 23, 2016; Alaska Dispatch News

Michael Cowper was an inspirational leader as Alaska’s First Lady
October 28, 2015; Alaska Dispatch News

Easier Native travel between Alaska and Russia is a thaw and an opportunity
July 31, 2015; Alaska Dispatch News

Russian, US citizens try to keep up dialogue as governments go silent
April 20, 2015; Alaska Dispatch News

Death of Russian democratic leader hits home for Alaskan
March 4, 2015; Alaska Dispatch News

Despite Putin, Alaska can maintain productive relations with Russia
Dec. 23, 2014; Alaska Dispatch News

It's time to drop policies of the past, lift Cuba restrictions
August 14, 2009; Anchorage Daily News