Tag: Estonia

Estonian Businessman Detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on Suspicion of Espionage

February 19, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: An Estonian businessman was detained February 11 at Moscow’s Sheremetyovo Airport on suspicion of espionage Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. Recent Translations: –The Non-Hybrid War –Kashin Explains His ‘Letter […]

Moscow Brings Its Traditional Divide-and-Rule Approach Back to the Three Baltic Countries

July 7, 2015

Staunton, July 1 – A call by some Duma members for the Russian government to review and declare illegal the Soviet government’s recognition of Baltic independence in September 1991 has attracted widespread attention and concern as an indication of Moscow’s intentions but ultimately ridiculed as otherwise meaningless grandstanding. But there are other straws in the […]

West, Fearful of Having to Defend the Baltics by Force, Resolves to Stop Putin in Ukraine, Piontkovsky Says

June 7, 2015

Staunton, June 7 – Fearful that a Russian victory in Ukraine would tempt Vladimir Putin to move against the Baltic countries whose defense would require the kind of military actions that NATO does not want to have to take, the Western powers have decided that they must stop Putin in Ukraine by non-military means, according […]

For Moscow, Russia’s ‘Most Dangerous Opponent’ in Europe is Poland and ‘Most Harmful’ is Estonia, Illarionov Says

Staunton, June 3 Moscow’s “black list” of European political figures who now will be denied entrance to the Russian Federation suggests that in the view of the Kremlin, Poland is Russia’s “most dangerous opponent” in Europe and that Estonia is “the most harmful,” according to Andrey Illarionov. The Russian analyst has analyzed the list of […]

151 Years After the Genocide And One Year After Sochi, the Circassian Issue Isn’t Going Away

May 23, 2015

Staunton, May 21 — No nation more skillfully used an international event than did the Circassians during the Sochi Olympiad to call attention to the Russian-orchestrated genocide of their people 150 years earlier. Despite Moscow’s best efforts, few independent reporters talked about Sochi without talking about the continuing crimes against the Circassians. In the past […]

EU Energy Plan Puts Kaliningrad at Risk, Moscow Paper Says

April 20, 2015

Staunton, April 20 — Gas pipeline issues have attracted far more attention, but a plan for a unified energy network among European Union members appears likely to have serious consequences for Kaliningrad, the non-contiguous Russian exclave that is bordered by Poland and Lithuania, both of whom are EU members, according to Nezavisimaya Gazeta. In a […]

Moscow Lacks Available Forces to Seize and Hold Baltics, Estonian Military Expert Says

April 19, 2015

Staunton, April 19 – Yury Dolinsky, a Russian analyst who specializes on the Baltic countries, says that most residents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, however much they say they are worried about the Russian threat, believe that their membership in NATO will keep Moscow from invading or force Moscow to withdraw if it does invade […]