Russia at Home and Abroad: Explaining Russia’s Bargain with Ukraine
Analysis

Russia at Home and Abroad: Explaining Russia’s Bargain with Ukraine

Following yesterday’s article which described Russia as ‘a giant with feet of clay’ in its efforts to promote integration in the CIS, Paul Hansbury responds with some reflections on Russia’s deal with Ukraine. Yesterday Vladimir Sarkisyants argued that Russia’s trade deal with Ukraine is an example of the former’s vulnerability.  I agree with this argument.  … Continue reading

A giant with feet of clay
Analysis

A giant with feet of clay

Vladimir Sarkisyants examines the Russo-Ukrainian trade deal and asks whether Russia is making a rod for its own back with the creation of a Eurasian trade bloc to rival the EU. On 17 December, Russia threw a ‘lifeline’ to the embattled Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. The ongoing social unrest in Kiev notwithstanding, Yanukovych’s efforts to … Continue reading

Belarus and Russia – The Ties that Bind
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Belarus and Russia – The Ties that Bind

Paul Hansbury explores the political and cultural differences which have seen Ukrainians protest vehemently against an interruption in talks with the EU, and Belarusians apparently passive. Recently the Belarusian news agency BelaPAN asked Mogilev residents whether they would take part if there was a Belarusian ‘EuroMaidan’. The repeated answer was ‘No,’ with the exception of … Continue reading