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  Ukraine after elections

Viktor Denisenko
2014 11 24

2014 has become for Ukraine the year of challenges and serious changes; the early elections to the Supreme Rada was an important period of the above processes.

According to the exit polls, the Petro Poroshenko Block has received about 23 percent of the votes; the People's Front, led by the current prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, received 21 percent. The Self-Help, led by Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyy received 13 percent. Thus, building of the governing coalition is in the hands of these political parties.  

 
 
 
  Will Russia solve Georgia‘s political problems?

Inga Popovaitë, political commentator
2014 11 10

G. Margvelashvili who‘s been serving the second term as President of Georgia continues to move away from the influence of his patron B. Ivanishvili. This puts a lot of pressure on President and Prime Minister I.Garibashvili, a close trustee of B. Ivanishvili.  Yet, most probably new Russia‘s policy toward Abkhazia will unite these political opponents.

 
 
 
  Orientalism reanimated: colonial thinking in Western analysts’ comments on Ukraine

Fabio Belafatti, Coordinator of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asian Studies (Vilnius University, Oriental Studies Centre) and lecturer of Central Asian Politics
2014 11 05

Source: Euromaidan Press

Over the last few months, pro-Russian commentators in many Western countries have been portraying the Ukrainian events using a mix of stereotypes that scarily resemble the rhetoric once typical of racist and imperialist ways of thinking. As a result of such stereotypes, Ukrainians (but also Georgians, Moldovans, Poles, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonians) have fallen victims to a new form of Orientalism, a distorted way of thinking that people in the West exhibit all too often when talking about other parts of the world. This contribution tries to provide food for thought to readers and commentators and urge the latter to stop and think before writing about Eastern Europe: first we may all need to rid ourselves of stereotypes that we may not even be aware of.

 
 
 
  Will Uzbekistan replace Ukraine in the Eurasian Union?

Fabio Belafatti, Coordinator of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asian Studies (Vilnius University, Oriental Studies Centre) and lecturer of Central Asian Politics
2014 11 03

The explosion of the Ukrainian crisis has suddenly cast doubts on the feasibility of the entire project of the Eurasian Economic Union (EaEU). Russian president Vladimir Putin made it very clear that an EaEU without Ukraine would lack an important symbolic component. It’s not just a matter of symbols, though: with Ukraine, the EaEU loses also a massive market, the second largest (after Russia itself) in what the Kremlin would like to be a competitor of the European Union.

 
 
 
  Sanctions to Russia – slow lightening strike

Viktor Denisenko
2014 10 27

When Western world cautiously responded to Crimea’s annexation with the first wave of sanctions, Moscow laughed. Later it imposed responsive sanctions and started reorienting the economy toward China.  

 

 

 

 
 
 
  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.

 
 
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Russia will allocate 12 billion rubles to Abkhazia

2014 11 25

Following the talks with the President of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba, Vladimir Putin said that Russia will allocate 5 billion rubles to the republic in 2015. This money is intended to implement the Treaty of alliance and strategic partnership, reported "Interfax". Funding will be delivered within the framework of the program of Moscow aimed at investing in the socio-economic development of Abkhazia. According to it 12 billion rubles will be invested until 2017 in a partially recognized state.



Ekaterina Andreeva. The new Secretary General of NATO intends to visit Latvia

2014 11 20

The new NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will arrive in the second half of November in the capital of Latvia. The exact date will be announced on the day before the visit. Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly stressed the need to strengthen the defence of the Baltic States, writes "Komsomolskaya Pravda".



Ukrainians with biometric passports will travel to the EU without a visa

2014 11 14

Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports will be able to visit the EU countries without visas from next year already, stated the Speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Evgenij Perebiynis, reported  the TSN TV channel.



China has created laser to destroy drones

2014 11 11

China has developed high-precision laser weapons capable of shooting down small drones at low altitude, Reuters reported.



Russia has hastily conducted exercises and tests of all three types of carriers of nuclear weapons – according to the European media

2014 11 06

Within 72 hours Russia conducted exercises and tests of all three types of carriers of nuclear weapons available in service of the Russian Federation.



Russia and the DPRK (North Korea) are going to discuss the introduction of a visa-free regime

2014 11 05

Russia and North Korea are going to discuss the introduction of a visa-free regime, reported TASS on 28 October referring to the words of the Minister for Development of the Far East Alexander Galushka.



The EU- Ukraine Association Agreement takes effect

2014 11 04

Since the 1st of November, the political part of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union comes into effect.


 

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