Russia

The Man Who Stood Up to Putin

May 10th, 2014 | By

How Russia’s ‘biggest cheerleader’ became the Kremlin’s fiercest critic and persuaded Congress to roll the White House on sanctions. By Matthew Kaminski Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot hit Capitol Hill this week. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were jailed for nearly two years after performing an anti-Kremlin “punk prayer” in…


Responding to Putin’s Latest Ruse

May 9th, 2014 | By

Friday 9 May 2014 by James Nixey, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme The West should not be fooled by Vladimir Putin’s so-called U-turn over Ukraine. To respond, Western governments need to be clear about both Russian motives and perceptions and their own vested interests. Much is being read into Vladimir Putin’s latest move, following his…


How Putin Is Reinventing Warfare

May 7th, 2014 | By

Though some deride Russia for backward thinking, Putin’s strategy in Ukraine betrays a nuanced understanding of 21st century geopolitics. Peter Pomerantsev May 5, 2014 The Kremlin, according to Barack Obama, is stuck in the “old ways,” trapped in Cold War or even 19th century mindsets. But look closer at the Kremlin’s actions during the crisis…


How the EU could help save Ukraine at the eleventh hour

May 5th, 2014 | By

By Michael Emerson May 4, 2014 Ukraine is disintegrating before our eyes, with escalating anarchy, civil war and proxy war with Russia, and dozens killed in Odessa on Friday. Acting President Alexander Turchinov officially declared that Kiev is powerless to resume control of Donetsk and Lugansk, but then the day after launched a major assault…


Opinion: Putin’s Not Post-Communist, He’s Post-Fascist

May 3rd, 2014 | By

By Jan Fleischhauer Some like to idealize Vladimir Putin as the ideological successor to the left-wing Soviet leaders, but that’s sheer nonsense. His speeches offer clear evidence that his points of reference originate in fascism. n order to understand Vladimir Putin, you have to listen to him. You have to read what he wants. More…


Europe’s Act in Ukraine’s Tragedy

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

By Joschka Fischer ‘Putin’s aim has never been Russian control only of Crimea; he has always wanted all of Ukraine’ BERLIN — Grand political strategy and everyday experience often have a lot in common. Try, for example, to swallow a salami whole, and you will probably choke to death. In the world of high politics,…


Russia Can’t Decide if Ukrainian Jews Are Victims or Villains

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

BY ALINA POLYAKOVA In April 18, a flyer appeared in Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk that brought back memories of 1941 for the city’s Jewish residents. Bearing the stamp of the “Donetsk Republic”—the label used by separatists in the region—it requested Jewish residents to register with the local city authorities and pay a head tax.…


Why European Security Works Better Without Russia

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

By Jan Techau April 29, 2014 One of the great red herrings of the Ukraine crisis is the notion that after the end of the Cold War, no European security architecture was created that included Russia and other post-Soviet nations. This is part of the narrative of humiliation and justification that maintains that Russia has…


Five Inconvenient Questions Putin Wasn’t Asked

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

Paul Goble Staunton, April 21 – There is perhaps no better way to call attention to the way in which Vladimir Putin insists on one standard for his own country and a very different one for Ukraine and others than to imagine the position the Kremlin leader might have found himself in had he been…


Russia’s propaganda war is a danger for Ukraine’s Jews

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

Despite what Putin says about antisemitism in the new Kiev government, Ukraine’s Jews are committed to independence Timothy Snyder Violence is a distraction from the simple facts, and propaganda turns distraction into abstraction, people into symbols – and all the more now as Russian intervention in Ukraine grows ever more extensive and threatening. Consider the…