Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko
Central/Eastern Europe

Laurinkus. Poorly thought out steps could accelerate Belarus’ descent into Russia’s grasp

Secretly, Alexander Lukashenko’s inauguration became the reference point for the next events in Belarus. The opposition was unable to find out the date for the “ceremony” ahead of time. Protesters planned to meet the “ascent […]

Rasa Juknevičienė MEP
Central/Eastern Europe

Putin’s parallel world and the return of Stalin

Right before Christmas, some interesting and strange things have surfaced in news reports. Not everyone has been following what was being published on the internet sites, which is why it is worth elaborating a bit […]

Alexander Lukashenko
Central/Eastern Europe

On Belarus and its sovereignty

Is Belarus truly weak in its relations with Moscow? The unfortunate, who needs saving? This s how we often imagine it and thus understand very little. Only a very adept and strong member of the […]

Vladimir Putin
Opinion

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. […]

Vladimir Putin
Opinion

Upcoming presidential election in Russia and Putin 4.0 System

The Russian presidential election will take place in a month, but the winner is already clear. The only candidate capable of receiving wider support from voters, Alexey Navalny, has been banned from registering as a candidate due to his criminal record, stemming from a fraud conviction he views as illegitimate. Accordingly, the question now is not about what kind of elections these will be, but what they will mean for Vladimir Putin’s fourth term. In other words, what will the Putin 4.0 system look like? What challenges will it face? […]

Edward Lucas, the Nordic Chambers Dinner i
Uncategorized

How to make the deal of the deals with Russia? After dinner with E. Lucas

Edward Lucas, the former senior editor of the Economist, visited Vilnius on January 10th — once again, should we say. He lived in Lithuania in the Nineties and is such a frequent commentator and visitor in Lithuania that he even speaks the language a bit. His work has been revolving around Russia for so long that he has become a synonym for Russophobia, an accusation he is sharing with the three Baltic States. […]

Vladimir Putin
CORPORATE

The Baltic states in Russian military strategy

Today, it is generally accepted inside NATO that the events of 2014 marked Russia‘s turn towards an avowedly revisionist course, whose ambit extends well beyond Ukraine itself. Were it not for Moscow’s justification of its […]

Žygimantas Pavilionis
Opinion

An idea for Russia – can Lithuania present it?

Recently we have been looking for an Idea for Lithuania. However often they are created in a vacuum where it appears that Lithuania does not live surrounded by various friendly or unfriendly neighbours which have various interests. Those ideas, however good, do not include geopolitics and international relations, upon which the development of our state greatly depends. […]

Andrius Kubilius
Opinion

W. Europe needed a Marshall plan in 1947. In 2017 Marshall plan is needed for Ukraine

In 1947, following his return to Washington after the negotiations with Stalin and Molotov in Moscow, George Marshall, the famous US military leader and post-war Secretary of State, saw the need to promote economic recovery in Western Europe destroyed by war. This was seen as a stabilising factor and the only way to halt Stalin’s ambitions of expanding his political dominance to Western Europe. […]

LGBT community protest in the front the Russian Embassy
Society

Gays fleeing persecution in Chechnya find refuge in Lithuania

Gay men fleeing persecution in Chechnya have found refuge in Lithuania: Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius confirmed to BNS on Wednesday that two persons who suffered repression in the southern Russian republic have come to Lithuania. […]