Lilia Shevtsova

Kremlinologist Lilia Shevtsova: Putin is a mediocre leader pushing his country to collapse

Lilia Shevtsova, a Russia expert at the Brookings Institution, says that Vladimir Putin is a far cry from the shrewd and effective leader everyone, friends and foes alike, take him to be. On the contrary, she says, the Russian president is a shallow mediocrity who has not got a clue how to avert his country’s imminent collapse. […]

Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko

Opinion: So long sucker or how Putin’s propaganda succeeded in playing the extremists

In the 1950s, Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Forbes Nash invented a Machiavellian game entitled So Long Suckers. To win, a player had to game, and ultimately betray, his adversaries. Today, as they sit in frozen trenches in what was once aptly named the Wild Fields, it looks as if the soldiers of the ‘Union of People’s Republic’ are the ones that have been played. […]

Ukraine's future ruling coalition should be formed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's block and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's People's Front party

Pro-Western forces won in Ukraine but oligarchs didn’t go away, Lithuanian analyst says

Pro-Western forces have won the general elections in Ukraine and they secured a stable majority necessary to push reforms. But a lot of questions remain on oligarchs’ influence on the country’s future progress, says analyst Laurynas Kasčiūnas of the Eastern Europe Studies Centre in Lithuania. […]

Ukraine's soldiers in Slovyansk

Four injured Ukrainian soldiers to be treated in Lithuania

Four Ukrainian soldiers are set to come to Lithuania for rehabilitation after being injured in eastern Ukraine where the country’s army is carrying out an operation against pro-Russian insurgents, Lithuanian diplomats confirmed on Wednesday. […]