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  Passions for Skolkovo

Viktor Denisenko
2013 07 08

In 2008 Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has named technological innovation one of the key priorities of his presidency. The Skolkovo Innovation Centre was Medvedev’s grandiose high-tech hub.  

  Gazprom against Igor Sechin, and LNG for Lithuania (1)

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2013 06 17

For quite a long time Gazprom demonstrated indifference to the shale or liquefied natural gas (LNG), but today situation has changed, and Lithuania should be concerned about the internal and international aspect behind these changes.

  Implications of slowing economic growth in Russia

Viktor Denisenko
2013 06 10

„The island of stability in the midst of crisis“, Russian officials have recently said about the economy of their country. Russia managed to accumulate reserve funds due to high energy prices; gas and oil have become an integral part of politics. But was this beneficial for Russian economy?

  From Igor Sergeyev to Sergey Shoigu

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2013 04 10

At the beginning of November 2012, general Sergey Shoigu, former emergency situations minister and Governor of the Moscow region, was appointed the minister of defence of Russian Federation. Russia‘s former defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov has become a witness in the case related to over a multi-million dollar military property fraud case. (...) Was A.Serdyukov really so bad? Is S.Shoigu the only person capable of improving the situation?   

  Putin. Again Putin

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2013 02 04

In Russia the end of the last year was marked by Vladimir Putin’s first (after inauguration) address to the Federal Assembly, and his press conference.

  The fight against corruption: should Russian political elite start worrying?

Viktor Denisenko
2012 12 24

The end of the year revealed new trends in Russia‘s political life related to several major corruption scandals which seriously affected the ruling elite. Although corruption is one of the key problems of Russian central government, it seems that only now the fight against curruption has acquired tangible dimensions among the high power structures.

  Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov fired by Putin

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2012 12 18

When Vladimir Putin has again been elected Russian President and started forming a new Government, political analysts were surprised to see defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov left in place although he was deeply unpopular in the armed forces.

  Outrageous lies from Russia

Konstantinas Rečkovas
2012 12 10

When the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe accused Russian authorities for the restriction of human rights and the authoritarian dictatorship, the latter started to search for the local enemies and for the opposing forces in other countries. They turned their eyes to Lithuania: scandalous Vladimir Zhirinovsky accused our country of “plotting a coup in Russia”.

  Russia-NATO relations: partnership or confrontation?

Viktor Denisenko
2012 11 29

It is not easy to evaluate the relationship between Russia and NATO. In the public space the attitude toward NATO is negative. This attitude was inherited from the Soviet times, and Russia practically does nothing to change the situation. The statements of Russian authorities also demonstrate this hostile approach. On the other hand, Russia and NATO could be treated at least as partners, since Russia‘s interests are not always totally opposite to the ambitions of the Alliance.

  Should Gazprom start worrying?

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2012 10 15

Russian Ministry of Economic Development (MED) acknowledged that in 2016 “the shale gas revolution” spreading from the United States might cause serious problems to Gazprom’s business in Europe; besides, more competitors are emerging in the domestic market. In view of this MED suggested the Concern to increase effectiveness of investment and coordinate pricing policies with the Government.

  The Pseudo-Politics of Russia's Liberals

Dr. Andreas Umland, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Departament of Political Science
2012 07 09

The political marginality of Russia’s post-Soviet liberal democrats – not to be confused with Zhirinovskii’s ultra-nationalist, so-called LDPR – is, above all, a result of the ruthlessness of neo-Soviet anti-liberalism. Especially, since the rise of Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin has purposefully obstructed the activities of liberal parties, politicians, circles and movements.

  New Russia’s Government

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2012 06 18

Dmitry Medvedev has become Prime Minister of Russia and together with Vladimir Putin (at least officially) formed a new government of the country. Putin’s supporters must have expected more changes in the government than his opponents. Despite obvious changes in the Cabinet it is too early to say that expectations have been fulfilled.

  The Russian Experience of Pre-election Campaigns on the Eve of Parliamentary Elections in Belarus

Vadim Koshevoj
2012 05 21

The accomplished Russian parliamentary and presidential elections and the subsequent protests against the declared by the opposition rigging of the results are good "stress test" for the authorities disclosing at the same time the actually available reserve funds. As regards Belarus, including a number of other states in the post-soviet area, the two campaigns may be considered demonstrative.

  Dmitry Medvedev’s heritage

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2012 04 30

Recently Vladimir Putin was re-elected Russia’s President, yet Dmitry Medvedev has been the country’s chief executive for four years (formally at least). Let’s take a look at the years of his presidency.

  Mikhail Prokhorov and his fairy-tale program

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2012 02 20

The winner of the Russian presidential election scheduled for 4 March is almost clear -  it is the current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The only question is whether Putin wins in the first round of elections. If not, this might destabilize Russia’s political life and question Putin’s personal authority and the authority of his “United Russia”.

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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (41)

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 (67)

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 (23)

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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