Russian Ambassador Alexander Udaltsov
Foreign affairs

Russian ambassador calls decision to name Vilnius park after Nemtsov as ‘aping’

Russia’s ambassador to Lithuania describes Vilnius’ decision to name a park in front of the Russian embassy after murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov as “aping” Washington. […]

Carl Gershman at the Ideas for Lithuania conference

Lithuania’s pivotal role in the struggle for democracy

What an extraordinary thing Lithuania is doing – the initiation of a process of national awakening and democratic renewal at a time when Lithuania’s national consciousness is already awake and your democracy is vibrant, forward-looking, […]

March in Moscow

Putin’s Russia. The situation is gradually changing

The Russian parliamentary (Duma) elections on September 18 do not promise any major changes. Opinion polls and the general atmosphere show that the country will continue to be led by the United Russia party which is affiliated with Vladimir Putin, while establishment opposition parties will support stability. Regardless, these elections will be significant in understanding the future of the long term, but little understood system of Vladimir Putin’s that has been in place for sixteen years. There are indicators suggesting that the role of the real opposition, despite its fragmentation, is gradually changing. Considering the delicate socioeconomic situation of the country and the presidential elections which are two years away, this makes for certain indications for the future. Thus what role does the opposition perform in the contemporary Russia? […]

Leonidas Donskis, Linas Linkevičius and Tomas Venclova
Foreign affairs

Lithuanian thinkers weigh in on importance of Russian opposition forum in Trakai

At a press conference in Trakai following the annual Russian opposition forum, Lithuanian commentators shared their insights into the results of this year’s discussions. The annual forum invites Russian intellectuals, public figures, journalists and other individuals to discuss Russia’s situation, its future and its relationship with the West. […]

Boris Nemtsov

Probe into Russian opposition leader Nemtsov murder extended until November

The Russian Investigative Committee has extended the investigation of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov‘s murder, the lawyer of Nemtsov’s family Vadim Prokhorov told TASS on Friday. […]