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. […]

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. […]

Monument to Alexander Pushkin in Vilnius
Society

Putin awards editor-in-chief of Lithuania’s Russian-language weekly

Russia’s president has awarded the Medal of Alexander Pushkin, a state decoration, to Valerij Tretjakov, editor-in-chief of Lithuania’s Russian-language weekly newspaper Litovskij Kurjer. […]

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. […]

Detention of Navalny
CORPORATE

Our Eastern neighbours in their wellies show us how far we’ve come

Over the two days of this weekend we got to see how our Eastern neighbours are living and how far we’ve come from them. And we are gaining distance at a rapid pace. Those participating […]

The Kremlin
Opinion

Lithuanian view: What to expect from Russia in 2017?

2017 could be the year of Russia’s return – the signs of this were discussed in a Tuesday afternoon discussion organised by the the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (RESC) and VU TSPMI. The political scientists discussed the topic of “What will decide Russian foreign policy in 2017?” It is likely that the government rotation of the West, the resolution of the stalled Syrian conflict and strategic changes to the Russian tone will open opportunities for de-escalation and Putin’s return as a figure that is repulsive for many, but at the same time – an inevitable partner in resolving questions in the international political arena. […]