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  Russias Path to Another Resurgence (1)

2016 12 05

After enduring three years of a foundering economy and feuds with the West, things may be looking up for Russia. The Brexit vote in June exposed the deep discord in the European Union, giving Moscow a glimmer of hope that dissenting member states might break the bloc's consensus on its sanctions against Russia in a future vote on their renewal. Though EU members decided unanimously in July to extend the measures, upcoming elections on the Continent could undermine the bloc's unity. In the United States, meanwhile, Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election has opened a potential path to warmer relations between the United States and Russia, and perhaps even an end to Washington's sanctions on Moscow. The turning political tides in Brussels and Washington could give the Kremlin the leeway to increase its influence in the former Soviet Union, leading the countries in Russia's periphery to re-evaluate their foreign policy positions.
  Is it time to imagine a Russia without Putin? (1)

Viktor Denisenko
2016 03 29

No dictator rules forever. A poster that someone ordered to put up in one of Moscow's public transport stations serves as a reminder of this truth to Russians. It features Joseph Stalin and the text: “That one died, this one will die as well”. The poster was put up on the 5th of March, the date being no coincidence as it is the anniversary of Stalin's death. It is no secret who “this one” mentioned in the poster is. It is indubitably the current head of Kremlin.

  If not Putin, then who? Maybe... Kadyrov? (1)

Vaiva Sapetkaitë, Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilnius University
2016 03 14

In January the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov who is supported by the Kremlin has again showed what he is up to. He declared that members of Russia’s protest opposition should be treated as traitors of the country; he called them jackals and enemies of the people (the most insulting words for Russians; during Stalin‘s times „enemies of the people" were despised and condemned). According to Ramzan Kadyrov, liberal opposition tries to use Russia‘s economic difficulties in order to destabilise the state and they should be prosecuted for sabotage.

  Russia considers drastic steps to plug finances hit by tumbling oil (1)

Margarita Papchenkova, Darya Korsunskaya and Elena Fabrichnaya, REUTERS
2016 02 15

Russia is running out of options to plug a yawning hole in its budget - and steps unthinkable before oil prices began to plunge 20 months ago are now being considered.

Two senior financial officials told Reuters that authorities were discussing the possibility of calculating rouble rate levels against the dollar that could compensate for some budget losses caused by tumbling oil export revenues by preventing the rouble from strengthening too much.

  The Kremlin and Reality (1)

Viktor Denisenko
2016 01 12

Adequacy does not come to mind often when it comes to contemporary Russian politics. One might suspect that the head of state Vladimir Putin and his closest allies live in a virtual reality, distant in every way from the one we live in. In March of 2014, during a phone call with US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel already expressed that Putin has lost his ties with reality. It seems that the situation got even worse from that moment.

  The Oh-so-different Russian Worlds (1)

Viktor Denisenko
2015 09 28

When talking about Russia, it is important to emphasize not only the changes in the political life of the country, but also to name the main societal-level processes. One of such phenomena is the social disparity and its influence on the consciousness of the people.

  Strategic camouflage as Russia‘s political lifestyle (1)

Viktor Denisenko
2015 07 06

Secrecy has become increasingly apparent phenomenon of Russia‘s political life.  This correlates with the trends of a new Russian authoritarian regime which has been promoted by Vladimir Putin and his team for more than a decade. Political decision-making mechanisms are stifled under a mantle of secrecy, the talks about other public related actions or processes initiated by the authorities are circumvented.

  Russian Domestic Politics, the "Ukraine Crisis" and the European Union Interview with Dr. Andreas Umland, IEAC Kyiv

By Andreas Umland
2015 03 23

What did Putin’s sudden disappearance mean? Do you agree with experts who speak about the possibility of a coup d'etat?

Putin's 10-day absence was ominous and untypical. It went along with news of seeming conflict or mis-coordination in the Kremlin, for instance around the official narratives concerning the murder of Boris Nemtsov, and prehistory of the annexation of Crimea (Putin and the Russia Ministry of Affairs provided different stories about Russia's engagement in February-April 2014). In general, the Kremlin's behavior is becoming more erratic, by the month...

  Russia: ongoing disputes over history (II)

Viktor Denisenko
2014 12 22

What historical events (including their interpretations) Moscow is most worried about, and what is a common vector of „fight against falsification“?



  Russia: ongoing disputes over history (1)

Viktor Denisenko
2014 12 17

Russia is often called „a country with an unpredictable past“. The Kremlin refers to history as an ideological influence tool, and in this regard the situation is very much alike the one in George Orwell‘s dystopian novel „1984“, where historical past is revised following the changes in the political conjuncture. One can easily discern similar tendencies in the current Russia‘s political realities.

  Integration of Eurasia: stable or fragile?

Viktor Denisenko
2013 12 09

Recently Eurasian integration has become one of the key trends in Russian foreign policy. Russia has initiated the Customs Union (CU) behind which one can discern the outlines of the Eurasian economic union (EEU). But integration processes in Eurasia are not unambiguous.

  The Kremlin on the Eve of the Winter Olympics

Inga Popovaitë, political commentator
2013 12 04

The Winter Olympics in Sochi is approaching fast and one of the major concerns of the Kremlin is to ensure security during the Olympic Games which will be held in close proximity to the North Caucasus region.

  Russia‘s sanctions against Lithuania: economy affects political outcomes

Auđra Radzevičiűtë-Kornelija Bradaitë
2013 11 04

This autumn Lithuania has been twice hit by Russia: the cargoes transported by Lithuanian carriers got stuck at Russian customs posts, whereas the exporters of dairy products have been informed that Russian sanitation services claimed to have found substances dangerous to health in milk, cheese, curd and other Lithuanian-made dairy products.

  Sochi Olympics Boycott: what's wrong here?

Inga Popovaitë, political commentator
2013 09 11

Sochi Winter Olympic Games are about to be the most expensive Olympic Games in history but international media explores the pros of boycotting the Olympics. Should the world‘s sports and political arena respond to the new Russia‘s law related to sexual minorities and refuse to participate in the Olympics? The answer is: no.

  Economic problems in Russia: will the castling help?

Vaiva Sapetkaitë, Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilnius University
2013 08 22

The recent statistical indicators of the Russian economy showed that the country will soon face a new economic crisis. Lately we could observe strange arrangements in dealing with this danger – pushing the influential officials from one to another position.

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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (69)

2017 01 19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.

National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities (86)

2017 01 18

For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.


In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass (40)

2017 01 17

On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.


Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries (2)

2017 01 10

Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.

The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia (3)

2016 12 19


The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.


The US House of Representatives approved actions against the influence of Russia

2016 12 08

The US House of Representatives approved a bill on establishing an inter-departmental body, the purpose of which would be to resist Russian attempts of "influencing the people and the governments" of other countries, - reported the Associated Press.

Alexander Parkhomenko. The pro-Russian (not already) President of Moldova, who was seated by the Russian Federation, stated about the way towards the EU

2016 12 02

"I back up": networks got surprised with the unexpected statement of the pro-Russian President Dodon about the EU.

The newly elected president of Moldova Igor Dodon, known for his pro-Russian views, stated that his country is not going to refuse from the cooperation with the European Union.


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