Tag: Latvia

The Russian Language Does Not Belong to the Russian State, Shtepa Points Out

October 19, 2015

Staunton, October 19 – One of the most memorable passages of Solzhenitsyn’s “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” is when one GULAG inmate explains to another that Moscow has decided what time it is — regardless of where the sun is located in the sky — prompting the latter to speculate that the […]

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 […]

On 75th Anniversary of Soviet Occupation, Balts Must Remain Vigilant, Grybauskaite Says

June 14, 2015

Staunton, June 14 – Seventy-five years ago today, the Soviet Union began to occupy Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, act the West never recognized as legitimate but that lasted until 1991. Despite the distance in time from those events, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says that the Baltic peoples must remain vigilant with regard to the Russian […]

No ‘Frozen Conflicts Will Be Resolved While Russia Has Veto In UN Security Council

May 23, 2015

Staunton, May 21 — Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the former president of Latvia, points to an inconvenient truth that few want to recognize: no frozen conflicts in the former Soviet space will be resolved as long as Russia retains its veto in the UN Security Council and thus is in a position to block moves toward a […]

Russia Update: Latvia Spots Russian Warships, Submarine Near Its Territorial Waters

May 4, 2015

Latvia has spotted Russian warships and a submarine off its coast. 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. UPDATES BELOW Russia This Week: – What Happened to the Slow-Moving Coup? – Can We […]

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 […]