Moscow
Central/Eastern Europe

The Russian Liberal Bias

Do not expect grassroots change to happen in Russia. A popular phrase spoken only half-jokingly by the residents of Moscow goes like this, “Moscow ends, and Russia begins at the Sadovoye Koltso”. Sadovoye Koltso, or […]

Latvia's Russian-speakers
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Strange bedfellows: Latvian nationalists and ethnic Russians both want to block entrance of more Russians

It has often been remarked that politics can make strange bedfellows, bringing together groups that one could not imagine agreeing on anything. That is what has been happening in Latvia, where Latvian nationalists and ethnic-Russian residents of that Baltic country—for quite different reasons—both support restricting any further immigration into Latvia from the Russian Federation. […]

Andrey Piontkovsky
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Piontkovsky in Vilnius: Crimea annexation laid “philosophical” grounds for any invasion

During the annexation of Crimea, Russia‘s President Vladimir Putin laid “philosophical foundation” for invasion of any country with a Russian-speaking community, said well-known Russian political scientist and publicist Andrey Piontkovsky in Vilnius on Thursday. […]

No Picture
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Putin backs down and… wins?

Russian forces are withdrawing from the Ukrainian border. Pro-Russian separatists are putting down their arms. There are reports about Russia re-opening some of its markets to Western production. All this has sparked discussions about Moscow backing down from confrontation with the West. […]

Vladimir Putin
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How Russia pits Baltic states against one another

Even before it had finished “defending” the rights of Russian compatriots in Ukraine, Moscow spoke about oppression of Russian-speakers in the Baltic states last week, as its Foreign Ministry official demanded that the international community put a stop to alleged russophobia. […]

Dalia Leinartė
Opinion

Shall we live in a Eurasian empire of woman haters?

Vladimir Putin, Russian politicians and some intellectuals keep talking about the “Russian world” and readiness of the country’s armed forces to defend the Russian population in any country. It is worth remembering that before the Bosnian war (1992-1995) and the mass killings of Bosnian Muslims and Croats, Radovan Karadžić also spoke of Serbia’s interests not only in countries with the Serb minority, but also in those with only Serbian graves […]