Vladimir Putin, Alexander Lukashenko
Central/Eastern Europe

Assessing Lukashenko’s strategy: a plan to retire him instead of the gallows

While Belarusian dictator Aliaksandr Lukashenko threatens that the Baltic states will lose their statehood if the escalating tensions between the West and Russia and its ally Minsk escalate into war, political experts note that Belarus […]

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 […]

Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin
Central/Eastern Europe

Kubilius. When will a “Belarusian” democratic revolution take place in Russia?

Regional elections were held in parts of Russia on Sunday (September 13). All of Russia has found itself between Khabarovsk in the Far East, with relentless protests throughout the summer, and Belarus, with a real […]

Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant
Foreign affairs

We know how to growl at Belarus, but not talk to it

Following a decade of no foreign policy-related disputes, currently, we are increasingly hearing unexpected things. The Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) unexpectedly started criticizing the Foreign Affairs Minister L. Linkevičius, who during 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? […]

Žygimantas Pavilionis
CORPORATE

Ž. Pavilionis. About Vovochka the neighbour and the choice: the West or the Lithuanian Schroederism?

Many of us have probably encountered or at least have heard of an undisciplined next-door-neighbour with a fondness for drinking. Let us call him Vovochka (the Russian equivalent of “Little Johnny”, a diminutive form of […]