Tag: Latvia

Putin’s Vision Means New Cold War More Likely To Go Hot

March 11, 2015

Staunton, March 11 – The new cold war that has begun in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine does not have the formal ideological shape of its predecessor, but Vladimir Putin very much has an ideological vision, Igor Eidman says, and it is one that tragically makes it more likely that this cold war […]

Moscow Using Russian Organizations to Destabilize Latvia, Riga Officials Say

March 10, 2015

Staunton, March 9 — Solvita Āboltiņa, chairman of the Latvian parliament’s security committee, says that the 100 NGOs in Latvia receiving money from Moscow are not “organizations concerned with the development of the culture and traditions of national minorities in Latvia.” Instead, the 100 Moscow-backed organizations the Security Police have identified are those which “are […]

Moscow’s ‘Main Goal’ In Baltics Is To Sow Doubts About NATO, Vilnius Analysts Say

February 24, 2015

Staunton, February 24 – Moscow’s “main goal” in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at the present time is to convince portions of the population of these three countries that NATO will not defend them if Moscow uses the kind of hybrid war it has used against Ukraine and thus spark defeatist attitudes before any such attack […]

A Small Number of Russians in Latgale Can Create Big Problems for Riga, Grigoryevs Says

February 23, 2015

Staunton, February 23 – After the events in the Donbass, not all that many Russians or Russian speakers in Latgale would welcome any intervention by Moscow, Aleks Grigoryevs says, but a small fraction of 10 to 20 percent might be prepared to and, “if they were armed,” could create major problems for Latvia because the […]

Baltic Leaders Unwilling To Work With Russia Must And Will Give Way To Those Who Are

January 26, 2015

Staunton, January 23 — Following the “tectonic” shifts in the world that Russia’s moves in Ukraine began, the leaders of the Baltic countries must recognize “the need to have a dialogue with Russia,” the head of the Moscow Institute for the Russian Abroad says. If they don’t, others who are ready to do so “will […]

Russia Today Has ‘Nationalism Without a Nation,’ Shtepa Says

January 23, 2015

Staunton, January 22 — “Post-Soviet Russian nationalism has been fatally flawed from the outset because it arose not from the word ‘nation’ but from the word ‘nationality,’” a reflection of the fact that a Russian “nation” in the normal of sense that term does not yet exist in Russia, according to Vadim Shtepa. In a […]

Gorbachev’s ‘Greatest Mistake’ – Black January In Baku 25 Years Ago Today

January 19, 2015

Staunton, January 19 – Twenty-five years ago today, on Mikhail Gorbachev’s order, Soviet troops invaded the Azerbaijani capital of Baku by land, sea and air, killing hundreds and enflaming ethnic hatreds, in an action the Soviet president five years after the events acknowledged was “the greatest mistake” of his political career. That event, known to […]

EU Will Not Recognize Crimean Anschluss ‘In This Millenium’

January 16, 2015

Staunton, January 15 – Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, commenting on Russia’s annexation of Crimea, says that “we will never accept the change of borders by force. Neither now nor in this century nor in this millennium.” But she adds that there should not be any limitson political dialogue with Moscow concerning the […]

Russia Seen Expanding Active Measures and Media Campaign Against Latvia

January 8, 2015

Staunton, January 5 – Riga faces a dramatically expanded Russian media campaign to discredit it in the eyes of Latvians and the West and an increase in the activity of Russian special services against it, according to Maris Cepuritis, a researcher at the Riga Center for Research on the Politics of Eastern Europe. The analyst […]