Tag: Andrey Piontkovsky

‘If the Russian Elite is to Preserve Itself, It Must Change,’ Gudkov Says

November 5, 2015

Staunton, November 5 – Many commentators are speculating on whether Russia’s elite groups, now threatened by Vladimir Putin’s policies, will find a way to remove him from office and install someone more to their liking. Andrey Piontkovsky has focused particular attention on this issue. But this is only part of a larger issue, Dmitry Gudkov […]

‘Even Putin Now Knows Massive Attack on Ukraine Would Be a Catastrophe,’ Piontkovsky Says

April 25, 2015

Staunton, April 24 – Andrey Piontkovsky, who in the past has warned that Vladimir Putin will continue to escalate his acts of aggression, now says that there is unlikely to be any massive Russian attack on Ukraine because “even Putin understands that such an adventure would be catastrophic for his personal power.” Of course, the […]

With Murder Of Nemtsov, Putin ‘Catches Up And Surpasses’ Mussolini

March 5, 2015

Staunton, March 5 – With the murder of Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Putin has caught up with and surpassed Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini, according to Igor Eidman, by casting off all moral constraints as Andrey Zubov suggests and putting him on the road to becoming “the most dangerous man in the history of civilization” in […]

Putin May ‘Freeze’ Ukrainian Conflict But ‘Save Face’ By Attacking In the South Caucasus

November 19, 2014

Staunton, November 19 – Faced with a united front in the West, Andrey Piontkovsky says, Putin may seek “to freeze the Ukrainian conflict and then to save face as a patriot of ‘the Russian world’ decide to take certain steps in the Caucasus as he is doing now,” something that threatens all three of the […]

Western Leaders and Putin Truly Live in ‘Different Realities,’ Piontkovsky Says

September 8, 2014

Staunton, September 7 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has observed that Vladimir Putin lives in “a different reality” than do Western leaders, Andrey Piontkovsky notes, but these Western leaders have not yet acted in a way that reflects that understanding but rather on the false assumption that Putin sees the world and calculates about it […]

Even If Kiev Agrees to Moscow’s Federalization Plan, Instability in Ukraine Will ‘Intensify,’ Piontkovsky Says

September 2, 2014

Staunton, September 1 – Even if Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agrees to federalize Ukraine as a result of Russian military action and Western and especially German political pressure, such an agreement will not end the Ukraine crisis. Instead, Andrey Piontkovsky argues, it almost certainly will intensify. On the one hand, the Russian analyst says, Moscow […]

Putin Much Less Dangerous Personally Than is His ‘Russian World’ Idea, Piontkovsky Says

May 24, 2014

Staunton, May 18 – Vladimir Putin’s conception of a “Russian world,” of “the idea of the uniqueness of the Russian man,” is “much more dangerous for the world than is Putin himself,” according to Andrey Piontkovsky. And the West must fight “this nightmare” by discrediting its author and showing that it “doesn’t work” Speaking to […]

Coordinating Council: A Big Experiment of Democracy

May 20, 2013

The Russian opposition’s Coordinating Council has been under fire from both the government and the protest movement itself since its election in October 2012.  At least 29 out of 45 members of the Council have faced harassment from authorities or their employers in recent months; three are in pre-trial detention or under house arrest.  Every […]