Tag: Andrey Illarionov

Putin’s Wars Already Costing Russia Nearly US $100 Billion a Year, Illarionov Says

October 14, 2015

Staunton, October 11 – Estimating the real costs, direct and indirect, of a military conflict is always difficult because so many factors need to be considered, but Moscow economist Andrey Illarionov says that even if one ignores direct human and property losses, Vladimir Putin’s wars are currently costing Russia approximately US $94 billion every year. […]

Upcoming Obama-Putin Meeting at UN Part of a New ‘Munich,’ Illarionov Says

September 24, 2015

Staunton, September 24 The apparent agreement of US President Barack Obama to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week in New York to discuss Syrian affairs represents a new Munich in which one side focuses on “peace in our time” and the other pockets recognition of his aggression while planning for more, Andrey Illarionov […]

‘Putin has Barricaded Himself in the Dead End He has Created,’ Illarionov Says

July 8, 2015

Staunton, July 5 – “Putin has finally decided” to block all of the ways out from “the dead end into which he has driven himself and Russia,” Andrey Illarionov says, prompting the West to oppose him more vigorously, creating a disaster for Russia, and setting the stage for the ultimate restoration of Ukrainian control over […]

No Referendum is Going to Resolve the Crimean Issue, Illarionov Says

June 6, 2015

Staunton, June 6 – Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny, like many others in Russia and abroad, says that referenda both past and future are the only basis for resolving the conflict over Crimea and that earlier votes in the Saarland provide a useful analogy on how to proceed. But Russian commentator Andrey Illarionov says that […]

Russia ‘De-Ukrainizing’ Population Of Crimea, Occupation Census Shows

April 17, 2015

Staunton, April 16 — The number of people in Crimea identifying as ethnic Ukrainians has fallen by 232,000 between the 2001 census conducted by the Ukrainian government and the 2014 census conducted by the Russian occupation authorities, a decline that has reduced the percentage of ethnic Ukrainians on the peninsula from 24.0 to 15.1 percent. […]

‘Conspiracy Of Generals’ Could Lead To Putin’s Ouster

March 12, 2015

Staunton, March 12 — Andrey Illarionov, an economist who earlier served as an advisor to Vladimir Putin, says that future historians may describe what is happening in Moscow now as “a conspiracy of the generals” — or more precisely as a behind-the-scenes battle between a former lieutenant colonel (Putin) and three senior generals. As the […]

Ukrainians Cannot Count on Sanctions or Falling Oil Prices to Stop Putin, Illarionov Says

December 2, 2014

Staunton, December 2 – Many in Ukraine and elsewhere think that falling oil prices or increased Western sanctions or more sensible people in his entourage will convince Vladimir Putin to change course and end his aggressive policies, but they are wrong because none of these things will affect Putin’s pursuit of his goals, according to […]

Putin Proposing Molotov-Ribbentrop-Style Grand Bargain To West, Illarionov Says

November 19, 2014

Staunton, November 13 – Vladimir Putin is proposing the kind of grand bargain to Barack Obama that Hitler proposed to Neville Chamberlain and then to Joseph Stalin, in which the West would accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea in exchange for Moscow’s cooperation on Iran, according to Andrey Illarionov. Chamberlain rejected that bargain but Stalin did […]

‘No One in Baltic Countries Can Sleep Peacefully,’ Illarionov Says

October 1, 2014

Staunton, September 27 – No one in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania should be sleeping peacefully given the threat that Vladimir Putin poses to all three and the failure of the West to stand up to the Kremlin leader in Ukraine or adequately prepare to defend the three Baltic NATO member countries, according to Andrey Illarionov. […]