Putin Takes on Crimea, Ukraine and the West
Analysis / Reviews

Putin Takes on Crimea, Ukraine and the West

On March 17, shortly after signing an agreement to add the Crimean Peninsula to the Russian Federation, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered an address to members of the Duma, Federal Council, other leading government officials and influential residents of Crimea. Harvard student Kimberly St Julian describes the speech as steeped in history (as Putin understands … Continue reading

Who has seized power in Crimea?
Analysis

Who has seized power in Crimea?

According to recent statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, Russia has claimed to be acting to protect the rights not just of citizens and military personnel, but also compatriots and Russian speakers in Crimea. But how far do Crimeans feel discriminated? Ellie Knott, a PhD student at the London School of … Continue reading

The diplomatic take on Ukraine
Reviews

The diplomatic take on Ukraine

Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and ex-NATO Secretary General Javier Solana painted a pessimistic picture of Ukraine’s future in Oxford University’s Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre’s Elliott Lecture. Josh Black was at St Antony’s College to hear their take on the events of the past few months. As Ukrainians in the Crimean peninsula voted – … Continue reading

Ethnic and political identities in Crimea are more complicated than you think
Analysis

Ethnic and political identities in Crimea are more complicated than you think

On 16 March, a referendum will be held in Crimea on the prospect of formally uniting with the Russian Federation.  Austin Charron argues that a discussion of ethnic identity and political orientation in the lead up to this referendum requires a nuanced approach. In recent days the political crisis in Crimea has continued to escalate. … Continue reading

Women in Eastern Europe – societal norms or personal choices?
Analysis

Women in Eastern Europe – societal norms or personal choices?

With International Women’s Day on 8 March, Vostok Cable turns to a controversial subject – whether feminism exists in Eastern Europe. Andrea Peycheva argues that whatever does exist should not be judged by Western standards. Feminist movements were rarely apparent in Eastern Europe and the concept of feminism has always been somewhat blurred. Women in … Continue reading