Žygimantas Pavilionis
CORPORATE

Partnership with Poland should be Lithuania’s key foreign policy priority, says former ambassador to US

Many in Lithuania have been criticizing Poland‘s new government, but former Lithuanian ambassador to the US Žygimantas Pavilionis believes that the return of a strategic partnership between Poland and Lithuania should be our greatest foreign policy priority. According to Pavilionis, those now criticising the Polish government are the same people that accepted Barack Obama‘s attempts to reset the US relationship with Russia and improve the EU’s relationship with Russia. […]

Vladimir Putin and Greek PM Alexis Tsipras
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Putin’s Russia. Kremlin’s plan for Europe, bribe No. 1

In the previous articles of the series ‘Putin’s Russia: Kremlin’s Goals and Tools’, I analysed the theory and practice of Russia’s foreign policy and drew attention to the fact that Russia still uses the ammunition of USSR KGB – disinformation, influence agents, scandals (e.g., Edward Snowden’s story) and criminal activity: corruption, criminal world, drug trafficking and terrorism. So I will now move on to the cases of three countries and their policies – that, I believe, will be a perfect illustration of Kremlin’s capabilities. […]

No Picture
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Putin’s Russia. The dangerous illusion of independent and western oligarchs

I decided to dedicate one more essay in the “Putin’s Russia” series to Russian oligarchs because of one piece of news that attracted much less attention in Lithuania and internationally than it warranted: the former foreign minister of Sweden and one of the fiercest critics of President Valdimir Putin, Carl Bildt, accepted a consulting job at LetterOne, a Luxembourg-based company set up and run by Russian oligarchs. […]

Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė
Opinion

Opinion: How not to cede hearts and minds of Lithuanian citizens to Putin

Lithuania is very likely to be the only European Union country to completely boycott the end of World War Two commemoration event in Moscow on 9 May. Unlike our closest neighbours – Latvia and Estonia – we will not be even sending a diplomat to the ceremony. […]

No Picture
Opinion

Opinion: Russia’s nuclear blackmail and new threats of covert diplomacy

The world has truly entered a new era. Even Russia‘s nuclear blackmail has become such an everyday occurrence that it sometimes passes underappreciated. One concludes thus after last week’s reports in British dailies The Times and The Independent about a meeting between Russian and US generals in March where Russia voiced threats of a nuclear response should NATO continue to deploy forces in the Baltic states. […]

Peter Pomerantsev, „Epoch Times“ nuotr.
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Peter Pomerantsev: Big media need their Geneva convention

As Russia wages war in Ukraine, attacking not just military targets but also basic common sense with aggressive misinformation and propaganda campaign, information has become a security issue. Faced with new and quite unprecedented challenges, big media is approaching a moment when it will need to have a Geneva convention moment – get together and agree on a global self-regulation mechanism, says British journalist and author Peter Pomerantsev. […]

Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė
Opinion

Opinion: What terrorists and Putin have in store for us

For days now many in the global and Lithuanian media have locked horns over the terrorist acts in Paris. There are some who say that freedom to express one’s convictions is above any religious or social group interests; others contend that cartoons published by the likes of Charlie Hebdo made merciless mockery of believers’ feelings, that they cannot be subsumed under the “social group” category and have nothing to do with freedom of expression. […]

V.Putinas, A.Duginas, H.Džemalis, D.Umarovas ir Š.Basajevas
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Putin’s Russia. Do traces of KGB, FSB and GRU lead to Islamic State?

Again, this article will not be related to the structure, clans, their interrelations, and KGB basis in Putin’s current regime. This essay is a sequel of the previous piece which aimed to take another glimpse at Putin’s suspicious links with international terrorism. […]

No Picture
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Putin’s Russia. Roots of today’s regime date back to KGB under Andropov

In the articles of Putin’s Russia series I have repeatedly written about Yevgeny Primakov’s clan. I have described in detail the ongoing battle regarding the implementation of the so-called peace plan in Ukraine, and Primakov’s influence structures both in Russia and in the West. The article about Yevtushenkov’s case was also inevitably related to the information about Primakov’s clan because the oligarch was considered the member of this clan. […]

Vladimir Yevtushenkov
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The case of Yevtushenkov: One more look at Russia through the prism of clan battles

In the last essay of the series “Putin’s Russia”, I discussed the long efforts of Yevgeny Primakov’s clan to turn Ukraine’s conflict in the direction of conditional peace rather than war by imposing certain conditions and concluding everything with a peace agreement that is so useful to Russia. […]