Vladimir Putin

Russian politics in Putin’s new term

Russian President Vladimir Putin is the great survivor of European politics. Western leaders come and go, but Putin has persisted. He has managed to hold on to power for nearly two decades, through three foreign wars, two economic crises, multiple presidential and parliamentary elections (of varying degrees of fairness), a series of leadership reshuffles, the rise and fall of oil prices, and successive waves of economic sanctions. […]

Ramūnas Karbauskis

LRT Investigation. R. Karbauskis’ secretive business in Belarus. What did the politician seek to hide?

The LRT Investigation Department has uncovered another Russian partner to Agrokoncernas. Fertiliser is also imported from the fertiliser factory Kuibyshev Azot, which is managed and whose shareholder is a member of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia, Viktor Gerasimenko. The head of the fertiliser factory supported V. Putin during the presidential elections and several years ago successfully ran in regional elections together with United Russia. The only shareholder of Agrokoncernas, “Farmer” leader Ramūnas Karbauskis sees no issue with such business partnerships, lrt.lt writes. […]

Ingrida Šimonytė

In response to criticism over pension cuts, Šimonytė tells Ušackas he was in same Cabinet

In response to criticism from Vygaudas Ušackas over pension cuts, Ingrida Šimonytė reminded her opponent in a presidential primary debate that they both served as ministers in Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius‘ 2008-2012 government. […]

Weishnorian symbols

Zapad exercise scenario inspires Belarussians – state “fabricated” on the Lithuanian border receives attention

Weishnoria – this is how the organisers of the Russian–Belarussian military exercise Zapad called the territory on the Lithuanian border, the territory of which is just a little larger than Estonia. Based on the scenario […]

Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus

Poland’s refusal of Astravyets N-plant electricity a key signal to Lithuania

The statement by a Polish governmental official that the country would not buy electricity from the Belarusian Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) sent an important signal to Lithuania, says Lithuanian political scientist Andzejus Pukšto. […]

Belarus President A. Lukashenko and Russian President V. Putin

Lithuania warns – Belarus is on the brink, time is ticking

During a Delfi TV conference Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius also mentioned the recently worsened relations between Minsk and Moscow. In his opinion the supporters of an independent direction for Belarus are experiencing […]