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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. […]

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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. […]

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Putin’s middle class is fleeing to Latvia

Vitaly Mansky, a Russian documentary filmmaker, knows exactly when he decided to establish a bolthole outside the Russian Federation. It was the spring of 2014, and Mansky was in Spain for a film festival, watching news in his hotel room. An anchor at one of the Kremlin-controlled news stations reported that Russia’s parliament had allowed President Vladimir Putin to use the army to protect his compatriots in other countries. In other words, they had legalized the annexation of Crimea and provided support for pro-Russian combatants in Eastern Ukraine. […]

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Leonidas Donskis: We are witnessing historical birth of Ukrainian nation

Russia is threatening the Ukrainian state, but not the Ukrainian nation, which is being born in front of our eyes, says Lithuanian philosopher and former member of the European Parliament Leonidas Donskis. […]

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Is Belarus benefiting from change in West’s perspective?

It is tempting to slip into a spiral of sensationalism when describing the concurrent trends in Belarus’s foreign relations and national aspirations, even though—if history is any guide—these trends may be reversed as abruptly as they started. So far, however, tensions have been on the rise along Belarus’s eastern flank; whereas, there has been steady improvement in Belarus’s relations with the West. According to the assessment of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, this has been the case since the very beginning of 2014. […]

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Russian human rights activist: Our soldiers are refusing to go to Ukraine

Russian human rights activist Elena Vasilieva, founder of the Gruz-200 group (codeword for coffin in the Soviet and contemporary Russian military terminology) explained that Russian soldiers are protesting against participation in the war in eastern Ukraine, zn.ua reports. […]

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Opinion: What do Russian probes in the Baltic portend?

Earlier this month (October 2014), Scandinavian, and especially Swedish, media have focused on Sweden’s apparently abortive efforts to locate what was allegedly a disabled Russian reconnaissance submarine off its shores near Stockholm. But beyond the glaring evidence of the degradation of Swedish military capabilities — a condition it shares with most if not all of Europe — there is a larger story here. […]