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  Russia: ongoing disputes over history (1)

Viktor Denisenko
2014 12 17

Russia is often called „a country with an unpredictable past“. The Kremlin refers to history as an ideological influence tool, and in this regard the situation is very much alike the one in George Orwell‘s dystopian novel „1984“, where historical past is revised following the changes in the political conjuncture. One can easily discern similar tendencies in the current Russia‘s political realities.

  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“.


Alexandra Sergeyeva. Ukraine and Poland agreed to merge gas systems

2014 12 19

Ukrainian company Ukrtransgaz and the Polish Gaz-SystemS.A. signed an "Agreement on cooperation for working out the feasibility study of the project in merging the Polish and Ukrainian gas systems."

Ukraine refuses non-aligned status

2014 12 05

President of Ukraine Poroshenko stated that in the future the country should abandon the non-aligned status, reported "Interfax" on 27 November.

Anatoly Vasiljev. Ukraine started disconnecting power supply to Crimea

2014 12 04

Only one of the four high-voltage lines is now operational.

Victoria Nuland called the return of Crimea as the condition for lifting sanctions

2014 12 02

One of the conditions for lifting sanctions of the United States from Russia is the restoration of the Ukrainian sovereignty in Crimea, stated Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State at the US Department of State. Interview of Nuland to the online edition "Medusa" was published on 26 November on the website of the edition.

Ukraine nationalized the Russian pipeline

2014 11 28

Rivne Economic Court of Appeals upheld the return of 1, 4 thousand kilometres of pipelines "Samara - West direction" and "Groznyj - Armavir - Trudovaja" (decommissioned and dismantled) to the ownership of Ukraine, reported on 26 November the website of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

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".


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