Moscow Plans to ‘Export Separatism’ to Baltic Countries, Khristenzen Says

January 11, 2017

Moscow analyst Yury Khristenzen says that Moscow plans to “export separatism” across the entire former Soviet space, including Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to break those countries to its will, confident that it can do so because the West will not be willing to go to war against a nuclear power

Victory Cult Intended to Keep Russian Federation’s Non-Russians within Empire, Former Soviet Republics Together

May 9, 2016

Many Russian commentators have pointed out that the way in which Vladimir Putin is exploiting Victory Day is about the legitimation of the Soviet past, but a Ukrainian analyst says that the most important function of this day is to exploit victory over Germany as the only positive thing linking the former Soviet republics together.

‘Novorossiya’s’ ‘Leftist’ Friends

May 30, 2015

The frenzied world-wide front is expanding Mercy to no one, no one, no one! Stanza from 1989 Russian anarchists’ song Vintovka – eto prazdnik (The Rifle is a Holiday) By the Russian punk bank Grazhdanskaya Oborona (Civil Defense) The annexation of Crimea, the “Novorossiya” project, and the fight against the “Kyiv junta” are not supported […]

Russia ‘Looks in a Mirror and Sees the USSR’ and Doesn’t Understand that Others Don’t See It That Way, Kazarin Says

April 25, 2015

Staunton, April 24 “Russia looks in a mirror and sees the USSR and thinks that all those around it see it that way, tries to conduct itself as the USSR did and considers the threats which the Soviet Union did,” Pavel Kazarin says. “But the West looks at Russia as Russia, wants a return to […]

Belarus Must Vote This Year To Join Russia Or Face ‘Liquidation’

April 9, 2015

Staunton, April 9 — In what appears to be a response to Alexander Lukashenko’s recent declaration that Belarus will never become the northwestern part of the Russian Federation, a Moscow journalist says Belarusians must vote this year to become just that or face “the liquidation” of their country and “the fate of Ukraine.” In the […]

Russian ‘Federalism’ Now Means As Little As It Did In Soviet Times

April 3, 2015

Staunton, April 2 — Moscow now runs the federal subjects in much the same hyper-centralized way the Soviet Politburo did before Gorbachev’s perestroika, despite the name of the country now being the Russian Federation and Moscow routinely insisting that Ukraine which is less centralized than Russia, must “federalize,” according to Vadim Shtepa. After the USSR […]

Belarusian Spy Agencies’ Cooperation With Russian Ones In Lithuania Highlights Larger Problem

April 1, 2015

Staunton, March 31 — The security services of Belarus are closely cooperating with their Russian counterparts against Lithuania as far as their targets are concerned, according to the annual report of the Lithuanian State Security Department, an arrangement that underscores the real relationship of Minsk and Moscow and that calls attention to a much larger […]

In the USSR, There Was No Sex; In Putin’s Russia, No Suicides From Medical Despair

March 23, 2015

Staunton, March 20 — In the USSR, it was sometimes said, there was no sex because that subject could not be addressed directly in the media. However that might have been, a new truth is emerging, in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, there will be no suicides by those who cannot get the medicines they need to […]

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 […]

Alliance Of Nomenklatura Reformers, Soviet Liberals In 1980s Made a Putin ‘Inevitable’

March 6, 2015

Staunton, March 6 – The alliance of reformers in the CPSU nomenklatura and Soviet liberals who were prepared for various reasons to cooperate with them led to the defeat of the dissidents who rejected the system as a whole and condemned Russia again to suffer once again a return “to the ideology of Russian imperialism […]