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Opinion: What can stop Russia?

The sanctions of the West against Russia are followed by discussions about what effect they could have on further actions of Russia towards Ukraine. One side stresses that Putin and his closest environment understand only force, therefore the increasing sanctions are the best measure of scaring Russia from further aggression in Ukraine. […]

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Opinion: The First World War, tragedy and legacy

This summer, though full of fresh war fears, it will be time to commemorate the beginning of the First World War and people are remembering the conflict in different ways. Some are erecting monument for terrorist (or is it freedom fighter?) Gavrilo Princip in a still deeply-divided Bosnia, some are visiting war memorials, some are reviewing the statistics of casualties and destruction. […]

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Opinion: One more time about football

Over the last month a lot of world’s men and fewer women were indulged in a football fiesta which was held in Brazil. Truth to be told, there are a lot of people who do not like football. English photographer David Bailey once said that he imagines hell to consist of four men in a car talking about football. […]

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Opinion: Will Russia revive the Grand Duchy of Lithuania?

The idea of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania is becoming relevant again today. Russia brought it back to life by carrying on an open war with Ukraine. Ukrainians joke sadly that Vladimir Putin has done at least one good thing: he’s united the Ukrainian people. But now, Ukrainians need to rethink their identity on a broader level. And in that context, the Grand Duchy, or Rzeczpospolita, doesn’t look so outdated anymore. […]

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Opinion: Between the two terms as head of state

President Dalia Grybauskaitė was recently sworn into the office for the second time and from that moment her second term as the Head of State began. Everyone in Lithuania was able to watch the inauguration ceremony, to hear the words in anticipation of the way ahead. This day was the boundary between the two tenures of the head of state. So far, none of the Lithuanian presidents, after Lithuania became independent, had the opportunity and thus the responsibility to continue the work for a second consecutive term. After 10 years, when looking back at one’s legacy, it will no longer be possible to say “I ran out of time”. […]

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Opinion: Can Putin survive?

There is a general view that Vladimir Putin governs the Russian Federation as a dictator, that he has defeated and intimidated his opponents and that he has marshaled a powerful threat to surrounding countries. This is a reasonable view, but perhaps it should be re-evaluated in the context of recent events. […]

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Opinion: Putin purchased a refuge for 30 billion dollars

There is a term in chess and checkers called “zugzwang”, which is used to describe the situation when a player’s any move is unfavourable. We can now see Russian “zugzwang” in eastern Ukraine. […]