Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin’s pyramid of rule: Who really governs Russia?

In Lithuania and in the West, Putin’s system of rule is still often described as a monolith pyramid. In the eyes of society, Putin manages to present himself as an irreplaceable leader-statesman (‘tsar’, according to the West), solely making key decisions. But such an understanding of ruling processes in Russia is one of the main mistakes which prevents from obtaining a deeper insight into the regime’s origins and foundations. […]

No Picture

Opinion: Siege mentality or the paradox in interacting with Russia (II)

With President Putin’s ratings soaring to supposedly 80 percent in Russia, it is clear that the Russian government has the backing of its population. With democratic expectations rising around the Russian periphery, it is curious to see such a development, but there is an easy explanation for this. […]

Dalia Grybauskaitė

President Grybauskaitė warns about growing “Russian chauvinism”

Growing Russian chauvinism is raising great concern, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has warned in an interview published on Wednesday. […]

Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius

Opinion: Let’s not rush to equate referendum supporters with enemies of state

Since a week ago, welcoming political maturity in our state, I wrote that one of the evidence thereof would become an unsuccessful referendum on the restriction of right to dispose of property and other stupid questions, now I could feel like the Old Testament prophet who sent the knowledge to his people received from the above. Moreover, I do not need to shave the beard which I promised to donate publicly in the social network Facebook in case of referendum success. […]

Dalia Leinartė

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 […]

Kremlin, Moscow

Russian politician: We need to cut all contacts with Lithuania after Grybauskaitė’s statements

Russia needs to cut off all contacts with Lithuania and to start imposing economic sanctions after President Dalia Grybauskaitė has compared Vladimir Putin’s policy with those of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, says Igor Morozov, member of the Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee. […]