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  Was Medvedev Exposed?

Dr. Andreas Umland, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Departament of Political Science
2008 10 17

The clearer the larger implications of Russia’s latest adventure in the Caucasus become, the more the Russian leadership’s actions, in August 2008, look dysfunctional. A growing number of repercussions of Russia’s overreaction to Georgia’s deeds in South Ossetia have, by now, added up to a significant loss in Moscow’s international standing.

  Moscow’s Miscalculated Show of Strength (1)

Dr. Andreas Umland, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Departament of Political Science
2008 10 02

In Western comments, the Russian army’s invasion of Georgia is portrayed as a manifestation of revisionist expansionism. Kremlin-controlled mass media, in contrast, presents Russia’s intervention in the Southern Caucasus as a humanitarian action saving a national minority from “genocide” as well as the “lives and dignity” of Russian citizens abroad.

  New concept of the Russian foreign policy: from Vancouver to Vladivostok?

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2008 09 09

On 12 July the Russian president D.Medvedev signed the new concept of the Russian foreign policy.  It presents Russia as one of the political centers which is ready to create and implement the international agenda.

According to the above concept, the Western world is getting weaker in the military-political sphere, ignores international legal norms and tries to „restrict“ the developing Russia.

  Russian Citizenship: Moscow's Tool for Recollecting the Empire's Lands

Dr. Andreas Umland, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Departament of Political Science
2008 09 05

One of the main justifications for Russia´s recent invasion of Georgia was that it had to protect its citizens from what Moscow´s leaders chose to call "genocide" by the Georgian army in South Ossetia. The reasons behind Russia´s embrace of this particular argument seems to be that the protection of one´s own citizens has been a common rationalization for military action abroad by many countries, including major Western powers.

  Russian Army: image, plans and reality

Vytautas Kinčinaitis
2008 06 23

The Russian Army is little by little changing over, innovations gradually come to the defense, daily life of militaries, even the ideology, transform. Having degraded from the glorious Red Army to the looser in 1994-1996 Chechnya war, it started to recover after V.Putin came to power.

  “Neo-Eurasianism,” the Issue of Russian Fascism, and Post-Soviet Political Discourse

Dr. Andreas Umland, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Departament of Political Science
2008 06 18

The past couple of years witnessed a welcome sensitization of the Russian public towards skinhead attacks and ultra-nationalist propaganda. Nevertheless, Putin’s administration and the Kremlin-controlled mass media maintained an ambiguous stance regarding xenophobic tendencies in politics and public discourse.

  Enforcement of environmental protection or power?

Vytautas Kinčinaitis
2008 06 09

At the beginning of 2008 vice prime minister and future president of Russia D.Medvedev spoke in South Ural about the necessity to rearrange legislation related to ecology.  This concern was very timely, since quite a lot of ecologic problems emerged together with the weakened state control and accelerated privatization of companies.

  Has the tone of the Russian foreign policy really changed?

Arűnas Spraunius
2008 05 28

Variations in the tone could be heard in the recent speeches of the Russian politicians. During the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State C.Rice and the U.S. Secretary of Defense R.Gates, S.Lavrov said that America decided to let Moscow observe the AMD system which is to be deployed in the Eastern European countries, and suggested to Russia guarantees on the postponement of final deployment of the system elements before Iraq establishes missiles able to reach the European states.

  „Putin‘s Russia“: towards totalitarianism?

Viktor Denisenko
2008 05 06

Will „Putin‘s Russia withdraw together with its leader, and what direction „Medvedev‘s Russia“ will take? Although uncertainly, but 8 years ago Russia was moving towards democracy. During V.Putin‘s reign the country has been reoriented to the establishment of the dictatorship strategy.

  A new Russian military doctrine: the Bear is gettingon feet!

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2008 04 21

Chief of the Russian General Staff Y.Baluyevski has recently said that “because of sovereignty of the Russian Federation and its allies, and in order to protect the territorial integrity, military forces would be used in cases stipulated by the doctrine documents, including prevention actions and nuclear weapon”. Sounds aggressive, therefore, it is worth while discussing a new Russian military doctrine which has already been widely discussed in 2007.

  The last speech of president V.Putin

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2008 04 10

AP photoOn 8 February 2008 V.Putin most probably has delivered his last speech as the Russian president.

He started from the review of the past. The former KGB officer emphasized that from the czar Boris he has inherited state insolvency, oligarchy and the war in Chechnya.

  Will Russia‘s promises to deploy more missiles inKaliningrad provoke the cold war?

Valentinas Mitë
2008 04 03

The attempts of Russia to threaten the West and its close neighbors have increased currently. Unfriendly remarks of Moscow are often directed towards Ukraine, Georgia, Baltic States, Poland and Czech Republic. President of Russia V.Putin and his generals threaten the unfriendly states even with the nuclear attacks.

  The new Russian president will take over the invidious heritage of foreign policy

Valentinas Mitë
2008 03 17

The disagreement between V.Putin‘s Russia and the West was of the same level only during the Soviet Union times. Of course, Russia cannot be equaled to the Soviet Union regarding its military, economic and demographic power, since its current power is only in high oil and gas prices.

  Russia‘s friends and enemies in the European Union

Povilas Ţielys
2008 02 25

In the polarized Europe Russia has both, friends and enemies; however the scale of power is moving towards Russia and not the EU. Why the EU, being more advantageous from the demographic, military and economic point of view, indulges the non-democratic Russia? Why the EU foreign policy is not effective in defending the European interests and values?

  Freedom of media in Russia

Auđra Radzevičiűtë
2008 02 18

According to the ratings of press freedom, elaborated by the international organizations „Reporters Without Borders“ and „Freedom House“, Russia is attributed to one the most undemocratic states.  But most importantly the Russians are more concerned about the pseudo national ideas than about freedom of the press.

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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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