The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

The news to 19 May 2013   Russia has defended its fulfilment of arms contract agreed with Syria before the outbreak of Civil War as US Officials heaped pressure with reports that Moscow had delivered advanced Yakhonts anti-ship missiles to the Damascus regime. Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said Moscow’s weapons sales would “not in any way … Continue reading

Interview: Edward Lucas
Interview

Interview: Edward Lucas

Few journalists working on Eastern Europe are more respected or provocative than Edward Lucas, former Moscow Correspondent and current International Editor at The Economist. Edward is the author of The New Cold War and Deception; Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West, dealing with the Russian Federation’s foreign policy and espionage respectively. Josh Black … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

The news to 12 May 2013 A parliamentary election in Bulgaria marked by low turnout and widespread apathy has returned a hung parliament.  GERB, the governing party, remain the largest faction but suffered the loss of between ten and twenty seats. Coalition building is expected to be a laborious process. Source: Reuters The World Jewish … Continue reading

Bulgarian elections: the main contenders
Analysis

Bulgarian elections: the main contenders

In the run-up to parliamentary elections on 12 May, Nikolay Manov examines the major political actors in the country and suggests two potential coalitions that may emerge following the poll.  The former governing party – Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) is a centre-right formation based on the principles of freedom, responsibility and prosperity. … Continue reading