Tag: Sino-Russian relations

Putin’s Moves in Ukraine Isolating Moscow More than Soviet Occupation of Baltics Did, Savostyanov Says

January 18, 2015

Staunton, January 18 – Even as some in the West are thinking about how to rebuild their relationships with Moscow, Yevgeny Savostyanov, the former head of the Moscow FSB, says that what Vladimir Putin has done in Ukraine will have a far deeper, longer-lasting and more negative impact on relations between Russia and the West. […]

Moscow’s Moves in Georgia Intended to Cut off Central Asia and China from Europe: Regional Expert

November 13, 2014

Staunton, November 13 – “The victory of pro-Russian forces in Georgia would be a catastrophe not only for Georgia,” Gela Vasadze, the head of the Svobodnaya Zona portal, says, because that development, one actively promoted by Moscow, would also cut off Azerbaijan, Central Asia and China from a land route to Europe bypassing Russia. Vasadze’s […]

Lack of Balance between Responsibility and Control Retarding Russia’s Economic Growth, Moscow Scholar Says

October 31, 2014

Staunton, October 30 – Despite the convergence of the political systems of Russia and China, the Chinese economy is growing rapidly while Russia’s is lagging behind, the result, Andrey Yakovlev says, of Moscow’ failure compared to China to maintain a balance between responsibility and control. Yakovlev, a professor at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, argues […]

Is Tuva a Precedent for Putin’s Handling of the ‘Unrecognized’ States?

September 12, 2014

Staunton, September 10 – This week, the Republic of Tuva or Tyva as it is also known marked the 100th anniversary of “the union of the republic with Russia,” an event that sparked various events including academic conferences and the erection of a new monument to the center of Asia as well as attracting various […]

Will Russian Extremists Target Chinese Replacements for Central Asian Gastarbeiters?

June 17, 2014

Staunton, June 16 – Attacks in Russia on gastarbeiters from Central Asia and the Caucasus are a major reason for a 20 percent decline in the number of such immigrants over the last year, and human rights experts predict that the rising tide of xenophobia there will increase the frequency and possible violence of such […]

Putin Accelerating Russia’s Demise by Allying with China Rather Than with the West, Former Advisor Says

June 9, 2014

Staunton, June 9 – Alfred Kokh, a former Kremlin aide and advisor, says that by choosing to ally with China, Vladimir Putin is bringing closer the day of Russia’s funeral because the country lacks the resources to go its own way and will be forced to play by the rules however onerous of its more […]

Putin’s Shift on Ukraine Result of His Visit to Beijing, Kazan Editor Says

May 25, 2014

Staunton, May 24 – Vladimir Putin began pulling Russian forces back from the Ukrainian border and distancing himself from the secessionists in east Ukraine after his visit to Beijing convinced him that China, however useful tactically, is a long-term threat to Russia and that Moscow needs the West as a counterbalance to Chinese power, according […]