Tag: Kazakhstan

Ukraine Live Day 325: Eleventh Russian ‘Humanitarian Convoy’ Enters Donbass

January 8, 2015

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Putin’s ‘Russian World’ Resolves a Key Domestic Issue, Svyatenkov Says

December 4, 2014

Staunton, December 4 – Most commentators have focused on the foreign policy implications of Vladimir Putin’s notion about the “Russian world,” but Pavel Svyatenkov argues that its domestic consequences may be at least as great because it can help overcome a fundamental contradiction in the Russian political system. The Russian nationalist writer says that the […]

Fate of Post-Soviet Space and of Russia Itself at Issue in Ukraine, Kazakh Scholar Says

December 1, 2014

Staunton, November 29 – The fate not only of Ukrain,e but also of the entire post-Soviet space, and even the survival of Russia itself as a single unified country is being decided by what is happening in the conflict in southeastern Ukraine, according to Aydos Sarym, a political scientist from Kazakhstan. He told the UNIAN […]

Putin Proposing Molotov-Ribbentrop-Style Grand Bargain To West, Illarionov Says

November 19, 2014

Staunton, November 13 – Vladimir Putin is proposing the kind of grand bargain to Barack Obama that Hitler proposed to Neville Chamberlain and then to Joseph Stalin, in which the West would accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea in exchange for Moscow’s cooperation on Iran, according to Andrey Illarionov. Chamberlain rejected that bargain but Stalin did […]

Idea of a Kazakhstan Donbas Angers Kazakhs and Ethnic Russians There Alike

November 7, 2014

Staunton, November 7 – Both Kazakhs and Russians are reacting with annoyance to an article posted online three weeks ago that Moscow might send in “polite people” into eastern Kazakhstan to create an Ust-Kamenogorsk Peoples Republic on the lines of what the Russian government has done in southeastern Ukraine. Kazakhs viewed this article as an […]

If Moscow Returned Crimea to Ukraine, What Else Might It Have to Give Back – and to Whom?

October 24, 2014

Staunton, October 23 – In the course of a discussion of why he argues Moscow will have to reverse the Anschluss of Crimea at the end of Russia’s war with Ukraine, Andrey Illarionov says that the Russian government could lose many other disputed territories to neighboring countries. The Russian commentator lists the following territories which […]

ISIS, Led by Militants from Former Soviet Republics, Preparing to Attack in Russia’s Muslim Regions, Moscow Experts Say

September 17, 2014

Staunton, September 17 – Many of the leaders of the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria come from Muslim regions of the Russian Federation, and they plan to launch attacks in its regions, coming in via Afghanistan and Central Asia rather than the more direct but more difficult route across Turkey and Iran, according […]

Kremlin Demand for Role in Ukrainian Affairs ‘Unheard Of,’ Former Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Says

September 16, 2014

Staunton, September 16 – Moscow’s demands for a voice in the definition of the policies of the Ukrainian state are “something unheard of in the contemporary world,” Georgy Kunadze, who served as Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation at the beginning of the Yeltsin period, says. “It is impossible to satisfy them,” he continues […]

‘Optimists’ Continue to Deceive Themselves and Others about Putin and Thus Facilitate His Aggression, Portnikov Says

September 5, 2014

Staunton, September 5 – From the very first moments of Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine, “optimists” in Russia and the West have deceived themselves and others and helped set the stage for Putin to go further, a pattern that shows no signs of abating anytime soon, according to Vitaly Portnikov. On the Grani.ru portal, the […]

Uyghurs Fleeing Xinjiang for Kazakhstan

August 28, 2014

Staunton, August 28 – As a result of China’s crackdown in Xinjiang, Uyghurs are fleeing to Kazakhstan and even re-identifying as ethnic Kazakhs once they get there, according to an appeal by ethnic Kazakhs in China who complain that Astana has not proved equally welcoming to them. In an appeal to Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim […]