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  Why Putin is (not) Hitler and other uncomfortable analogies

Viktor Denisenko
2014 10 22

Among the analogies which are often treated as „uncomfortable“ is the comparison of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany. 

Some people say that it is a good analogy. This is reflected not only in the vocabulary of Russian opposition which calls Putin „Putler“. Some time ago active youth movement „Nashi“ was named „Putinjugend“. Ironically, Putin is more often compared with Hitler than with Stalin who defeated Hitler. Besides, when Putin came into power, people started to more fearlessly rehabilitate Stalin who in the Russian textbooks got rid of the image of a ruthless dictator and became an „effective manager“.

 
 
 
  NATO demonstrates its firm position

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2014 10 13

Recently the NATO Summit took place in Wales and it was an exclusive summit because of the events in Ukraine and Iraq. The Baltic States expected to hear specific security guarantees from the Alliance. NATO had to demonstrate its viability and clear position under new global policy conditions and realities.

 
 
 
  Propaganda and deformed Russian society

Viktor Denisenko
2014 10 01

Some time ago Ukrainian scientist G.Pocheptsov described information war as a „struggle for human mind“. Today we can see that Russia is the most progressive among the countries seriously considering the opportunities of an information war. Russia has already won one information war - a civil war directed against own society.

 
 
 
  Nagorno Karabakh – new Russia‘s „peace“ project?

Inga Popovaitë, political commentator
2014 09 26

At the beginning of August the political experts have again turned their eyes on Nagorno Karabakh: here the bloodiest clashes took place since the ceasefire agreement announced in 1994 between Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to the international media, by 9 August the pogroms in both countries resulted in the deaths of more than twenty people. Thus there is no wonder that the Kremlin discerned here a chance to strengthen the positions in South Caucasus and the positions of V.Putin as a peacekeeper against Western opponents. On 9-10 August in Sochi Putin met with the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan and organised a tripartite meeting which was not attended by the representatives of the OSCE Minsk group. Let‘s see if Russia has really played the role of peacekeeper decisively.

 
 
 
  Euro, wages and other fears (1)

Viktor Denisenko
2014 09 10

In less than half year period Lithuania‘s national currency litas will be replaced by the single European currency euro. Our country will be fully integrated in the European system, yet this event is also related to various fears and worries. Lithuania‘s response to the euro could be related both to financial and psychological aspects. Let‘s start from the latter.

 
 
 
  International relations and internal repression: the connection in Tajikistan

Fabio Belafatti, Coordinator of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asian Studies (Vilnius University, Oriental Studies Centre) and lecturer of Central Asian Politics
2014 09 08

Recent months have seen a constant increase in political violence and repression in Tajikistan. Far from being a mere coincidence, this phenomenon may be related to changes in the regional environment in Central Asia, as well as Russia’s increased efforts to promote the expansion of its Eurasian Economic Union.

 
 
 
  NATO must stand up to Putin’s threat to invade Ukraine

By Kurt Volker and Erik Brattberg
2014 09 01

The Washington Post

Kurt Volker is a former U.S. ambassador to NATO and executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Erik Brattberg is a visiting fellow at the McCain Institute from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Vladimir Putin is placing a cynical bet that he can invade Ukraine just one week before a NATO summit — and that NATO will do nothing to stop him. The alliance must prove him wrong.

 
 
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Russia and Azerbaijan are planning to conduct a series of naval exercises in 2015

2014 10 21

Defence Ministries of Russia and Azerbaijan are going to give the issues of cooperation, especially in the Caspian Sea, the most action-oriented aspect, said on 13 October the Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu, referring to the conclusions of negotiations with his counterpart in Azerbaijan Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov, reported to IA REGNUM at the Press Secretary Office of the Defence Minister.



Russian shipbuilders have declared readiness of developing the analogue of "Mistral"

2014 10 17

Russian shipbuilding industry can easily design analogues of the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships", reported TASS referring to Sergey Vlasov, Director General of the Nevsky Design Bureau.



Ivan Bezusov. Merkel has cancelled meeting with Putin

2014 10 16

The meeting was scheduled at the end of October, during the Forum of Russian and German Civil Societies.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled her meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, reported the important German magazine DerSpiegel.



Herman Napolsky. Lithuania and Belarus are increasing volumes of freight

2014 10 14

Lithuania and Belarus are for a long time increasing the volumes of freight by rail, reported the General Director of JSC "Lithuanian Railways" Stasys Dailydka on 6 October in Minsk at the international conference "Belarusian-Lithuanian cooperation in transport and logistics: the present and prospects”.



Austrian drones arrived in Ukraine for the OSCE mission

2014 10 10

The first two drones arrived in Ukraine to participate in the monitoring of the cease-fire in the East of the country, and the delivery of two more is expected, reported the OSCE spokesman Michael Bochurkiv on 6 October.



The new NATO Secretary General presented the priorities of the alliance

2014 10 09

The new Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, the former Prime Minister of Norway, presented the priorities of the alliance on the day of assuming office, reports Reuters. Stoltenberg stated that the main task of the block in the coming years is to strengthen collective defence, and noticed that the Alliance is not seeking confrontation with Russia.



Putin is going to strengthen the Russian army and economic influence in Europe - Bloomberg

2014 10 07

ZN,UA

The West should respond to all military provocations of Russia and pay attention to how much Vladimir Putin spends on the rearmament despite economic pressure of the EU and the USA, writes Bloomberg in the editorial of 1 October.


 

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