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
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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. […]

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. […]

Antanas Guoga
Politics

MEP Guoga blacklisted by Russia

Antanas Guoga, Lithuanian member of the European Parliament, has been included into the list of persons unwanted in Russia. […]

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. […]

Vladimir Putin visit to Crimea
Opinion

Putin‘s Russia: As Income drops leaders’ popularity grows

It‘s a country where the average annual salary has dropped by almost a tenth and is now on not much more than 400 euro (compared with Lithuania where it just passed the 600 Euro mark). It‘s a country where the average pension is around 179 Euro – practically one third lower than in Lithuania). It‘s a country where ministries forecast increased economic stagnation for the next two years while the President’s office states that nobody is any the wiser. […]

Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the debates in Huston
CORPORATE

Experts on whether Lithuania should be wary of Trump’s victory

How will Trump’s victory affect the world? And Lithuania? Lithuanian leaders hope that he will continue current American policy and will not sell Lithuania to Putin. Meanwhile some political scientists warn that it is no […]