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by / on June 21, 2014 at 1:22 pm / in Current Issue, Europe, World

Crimea and Punishment

…sia. This summer he will be working at the Asia Society in Mumbai.  {OPINIONS} WIMER: It is very easy to look at Putin’s incursion into Crimea, along with his ludicrous denials, and say, as German Prime Minister Angela Merkel said to Obama that “he’s living in another world,” that reality is bound to catch up with him sooner or later. But Putin has been playing to his people from the very beginning, agitating and stirring up nationalism to buoy h…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:09 am / in Europe, World


…old to protest not only the corruption that consumed the December 4 legislative elections, but also the power of Putin, the man who had used the position of Prime Minister to remain in charge while the de jure president, Dmitri Medvedev, filled his chair. On March 4, 2012, despite the thousands of dissenters and numerous protests (or “meetings,” as they are called in Russia), Putin was once again elected president of the Russian Federation. If on…

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by / on April 2, 2008 at 4:05 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Befriending the Bear

…ment of and commitment to meet European standards” of democracy and free trade. With the economic recovery under Putin, most Russians “don’t like that idea,” Sestanovich says. “The idea is that … everything that Russia accepted in the 90s was humiliating. Russians remember … that the 90s were a tough decade.” Along with economic recovery under Putin has come government cultivation of anti-Western rhetoric. The association of the painful 1990s wit…

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm / in Europe, Fall 2013, World

Petrol Patronage

…rent head of Gazprom, Russia’s immense natural gas exporting monopoly. Miller, who is widely considered to be in Putin’s inner circle, is also intimately affiliated with Dmitry Medvedev, Putin’s self-appointed heir to the presidency in 2008 and longtime Chairman of the Board of Directors at Gazprom. He and his allies at Gazprom have their own interests in Iran that are based upon the natural gas business. Russia’s traditional dominance of natural…

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by / on June 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm / in Current Issue, Europe, Interview, World

Ask The Experts

by   CPR: What will be the repercussions of Putin’s increasingly ethnic-based rhetoric (e.g. switching to russkiy rather than rossiyskiy)? Is ethnic nationalism just a rhetorical tool Putin is using, or is it becoming a guiding philosophy?  Prof. Marten: President Putin’s statement to parliament on March 18 marked the first time he used ethnic-interest language to explain or justify his […]

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by / on March 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm / in Opinion, World

Don’t Rock the Boat

…ivostok will vote to decide who will be president for the next six years. If the favored Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, running in place of incumbent president and United Russia party mate Dmitri Medvedev, wins more than 50 percent of the country’s vote on Sunday, he will become president again and be able to extend his tenure at the apex of Russian political power until 2018. At that point in time, Putin, who will still be a relatively young 65,…

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by / on March 1, 2014 at 10:59 pm / in Ben Rimland, Europe, Organizations, Web Columnists, World

It’s Time to Stand Against Putin

by With new developments coming in by the hour, the situation in Ukraine is moving extraordinarily quickly. While only days ago the prospect of a Russian incursion into the politically-unstable nation seemed utterly unthinkable, it is in fact what has come to pass. It’s time that the West stop referring to this act as an “intervention” or another ignorant euphemism […]

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by / on March 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm / in Asha Banerjee, Europe, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World

Physician, Heal Thyself!

by Euromaidan Protests (wikicommons) Finally, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama can both agree on something: they are both studiously following international law. President Obama claims that Crimea’s referendum to split off from Ukraine is a violation of international law while President Putin claims that his annexation of Crimea conforms to international law and precedent. Obvious question thus arise. D…

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by / on February 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Russian Defrost?

…in governors who are more interested in serving the interests of President Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin than in working with their own constituencies. Is this new bill the beginning of a countrywide thaw in the Russian political system or simply a Kremlin public relations move to try and convince the protestors from last month’s largest public demonstrations since the early 1990s to stay home? Is it indicative of a Putin desire for…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm / in Europe, Issue, World

A Fresh Order of Domino Theory

…Russia’s provocative posturing are numerous. With ethnic conflict, territorial disputes, and economic concerns, Putin’s Russia has become ripe with paranoia. The most important concept to grasp is not what Putin’s Russia is most concerned with, but why Putin’s Russia has these concerns. As simplistic as the concept of symmetry is, it should not be completely overlooked. The haunting resemblance of containment in Russian foreign policy must be ac…

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