How Russia Views the Election Aftermath in Belarus

August 18, 2020

In Moscow, all eyes are on Belarus. Russia and Belarus are intimately connected, so political actors in Russia feel an immediate connection with developments there. In formal terms, the two countries form a “union state” and an economic and defense community. Belarus is Moscow’s closest...

Is There Really a Right Side of History?

July 18, 2019

In a stimulating and insightful article published this week on Fair Observer, researcher and author Rejeanne Lacroix examines a surprising paradox that helps illuminate the contradictions of a world that is clearly undergoing a confused historical transition from what appears to be a principle of...

Modern Russia: What Went Wrong?

October 09, 2014

When did Russia’s relationship with the West turn sour? Perestroika and the subsequent end of the Soviet Union was, for most of us young, educated people with plenty of energy and optimism, tremendously positive news. Not only did we get rid of the oppressive communist regime. Rather, the...

Russia, Ukraine and World War Three (Part 1/2)

August 06, 2014

Does history repeat itself? A parody. The Third World War that broke out in September 2014 was not the result of a criminal conspiracy by Vladimir Putin and his oligarchs. The war trials held in Kiev in October 2021, which saw the conviction of Putin’s oligarchs, hid the victors’ share of...

Crimea and the State of Secessionism

May 22, 2014

Recent events in Crimea are indicative of a larger phenomenon: the rise of independence movements by distinct identity groups across the globe. No one has any illusions regarding Russia’s frequent intrusions into its neighbors’ affairs. The Kremlin considers all post-Soviet states — with...

The Fallacies of Russia’s Apologists

April 02, 2014

There is simply no justification for Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea. The erroneous rationalization offered for Russia's annexation of Crimea proceeds along one or more of the following lines: 1: The US, NATO and other Western governments left Vladimir Putin and Russia no...

A Method, Yet a Madness: Understanding Russian Democracy

March 24, 2014

As Western media focuses on the Crimean crisis, Russia intensifies its assault on civil society. When Nikolai Gogol wrote about the winged troika in his 19th century masterpiece on provincial corruption, The Dead Souls, little did he know that he was creating a perennial image that would...

Putin’s End Game in Crimea

March 15, 2014

The Crimean referendum highlights the differences in strategy between the West and Russia. As Crimea's referendum on March 16 dawns, tensions in Simferopol begin to escalate. Russian troops, whose presence has become increasingly intimidating over the past week, have made attempts to...

Solving the Crimean Crisis: A Ukrainian Federation?

March 07, 2014

A federal Ukraine might be the only way to resolve the current crisis in Crimea. This past week has presented us with a new reality — a strong and assertive Russia confronting a weak and divided West in what some observers have already labeled "Cold War II." Cold it is, but for how long? There...

Barking at Russia is Easy, Biting is Not

March 06, 2014

Bungling with Russia over Crimea will send the West knocked out with a bloody nose. One way or another, it was a crisis a long time coming. Europe has arguably sleepwalked into a reluctant confrontation with Russia. The continent’s next-door behemoth of a neighbor, saddled by a man it...

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