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  Russia’s image in South Ossetia

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2012 01 16

Presidential elections in South Ossetia in November 2011 brought shame on local authorities and Russia. Initially it was assumed that the incumbent President Eduard Kokoity would stay for a third term, but Moscow didn’t show any interest in his further services and during the election process the Kremlin backed South Ossetian Emergencies Minister Anatoly Babilov.

  The Sources and Risks of Russia’s White Revolution

Dr. Andreas Umland, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Departament of Political Science
2012 01 03

Russian imperial nationalism and anti-Westernism has been a distraction for Putin & Co who missed the emergence of a domestic challenge, and did not see the crisis of their regime coming. These same factors may also, however, subvert the currently growing pro-democratic protest movement in Moscow and beyond.

  Possible foreign policy consequences of Russian parliamentary elections (2)

Maksym Khylko, Research Fellow at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, PhD in Philosophy and MA in International Relations
2011 12 09

Despite the striking headlines in the world leading media about almost "sensational" results in Russian parliamentary elections and analysts' forecasts for the prospects of democratization, in fact nothing unexpected has happened and no major changes in domestic policy are expected. At the same time Moscow can face some difficult months in its foreign policy.

  Russia: an imitation of democracy

Viktor Denisenko
2011 11 07

Active political season has already begun in Russia. Elections to the State Duma will take place at the end of the year, whereas the Kremlin’s leadership should change next year. According to the recent news president Dmitry Medvedev is not going to bid for the second term and would step aside for Vladimir Putin.

  Import of Russian Weapons (1)

Matas Jakaitis
2011 05 16

Almost two years ago Russian news agencies released the news on the Defense Ministry’s plans to purchase the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) from Israel and Mistral type amphibious assault ships from France. This has led to shock and “patriotic” indignation of some countries although weapons have been imported to Russia for ages.

  Priorities of Russia’s Arctic policy

Rimvydas Ragauskas
2011 04 26

„To be honest, Russia is a northern country”, said Putin during the International Arctic Forum The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue which took place in September 2010. Potential energy and economy impacts of the Arctic changed the views of the Russian officials who now consider it as an important region not only to the economic welfare of the country but also to its status on the international stage.

  The Rise of Russian Nationalism

Viktor Denisenko
2011 04 04

Aggressive nationalism has become a real headache for the Russian authorities. Renaissance of the recent nationalism began in Russia almost a decade ago, when new president Vladimir Putin started using the nationalist rhetoric while building own “vertical of power”. As a result the attitude toward minor local manifestations of nationalism became friendly and forgiving; but this led to relative impunity and created a medium for radicalisation of nationalist groups.

  Russia in 2010: Nationalism's Revenge

Dr. Andreas Umland, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Departament of Political Science
2010 12 27

Since coming to power in 1999, Vladimir Putin has purposefully instrumentalized Russian imperial nostalgia, national pride and ethnocentric thinking for the legitimization of his authoritarian regime. The repercussions of this strategy are becoming a threat to the integrity of the Russian state, in the 21st century

  Russia-2012: Medvedev or Putin?

Viktor Denisenko
2010 11 29

Although the next presidential elections in Russia will be only in 2012, it seems that intrigue is inevitable. Behind it there is a question: will D.Medvedev agree to bring V.Putin “back” to his former position?

  The Study and Reactions to It of the Russian Extreme Right

Dr. Andreas Umland, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Departament of Political Science
2010 11 18

Over the last 20 years, the small community of researchers of post-Soviet Russian ultra-nationalism has repeatedly become the target of verbal and non-verbal attacks, by their objects of research - Russian fundamentalists, ethnocentrists and racists. This is not an unusual phenomenon in the contemporary study of international right-wing extremism.

  Who takes the advantage of the Russian wildfires?

Èeslovas Iðkauskas, political analyst
2010 09 21

The heat which prevailed in the European part of Russia for nearly two months, slowed down, as well as forest fires. Explanation of the heat in Russia as a divine or natural retribution could be too mystic, but it is obvious that Russian authorities could do much more in managing the consequences of the natural disaster.

  „I don‘t want to join the army“ or problems of the Russian army

Jurgita Laurinënaitë
2010 08 09

Nearly two years have passed since the Russian-Georgian war which revealed the weak points of the Russian Army and raised discussions on what army could be the most appropriate for Russia: professional army consisting of professional contract soldiers, or a conscript army recruited according to the Russian Law on Military Service. These discussions have been lasting for several decades.

  Kaliningrad‘s autonomous energy area?

Andrejus Vypolzovas
2010 07 26

It seems that efforts are made to establish the energy autonomy in the Kaliningrad Region.. This was demonstrated at the end of May during the meeting of the regional governor G.Boos with president D.Medvedev. President was asked to commit the Federal Tariff Council to coordinate the prices of gas supplied to the Kaliningrad Region with the average price of the European regions, since, according to G.Boos, „during the recent six years [...] it has increased more than twice“.

  Russian opposition and its categories

Viktor Denisenko
2010 07 22

Political situation in Russia shows that there is no lack of opposition forces in the country, however, none of them play the key role. During the recent decade the model of the authoritarian state has been developed in Russia, and such a form of power does not tolerate the oppositionism. The current opposition forces are either persecuted by the authorities or have been simply domesticated.

  The new Russian military doctrine

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2010 03 22

The new Russian military doctrine was approved on 5 February. This time it seems logical, explicit and not overloaded with „empty“ information. Russia’s position seems to be firm and cautionary. Certain theoretical and practical moments of the doctrine require special attention.

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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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