Sino-Russian relations: where’s the catch?
Analysis / Reviews

Sino-Russian relations: where’s the catch?

The author of a new paper on Sino-Russian relations has written that the fallout from the Ukraine crisis threatens to make that relationship “even more lopsided than before”. Vostok Cable’s Josh Black explores the current state of play, and asks whether the deepening financial ties between the two countries mask an ideological divergence. As part … Continue reading

Kotkin on Stalin
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Kotkin on Stalin

Stephen Kotkin appeared at the London School of Economics to discuss the first volume of his trilogy on Stalin. Josh Black reviews the event. Princeton academic Stephen Kotkin is most famous for his deep dive into the Stalin-era industrial town Magnitorsk. Yet for his latest project, the historian has taken on Uncle Joe himself. The … Continue reading

Conspiracy abounds
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Conspiracy abounds

John B. Dunlop, The Moscow Bombings of September 1999: Examinations of Russian Terrorist Attacks at the Onset of Vladimir Putin’s Rule, (July 2014: second, revised and expanded edition) Book review by Paul Hansbury One of the least credible claims made following the downing of Flight MH17 originated with separatist leader Igor Girkin, a.k.a. Strelkov. On 18 … Continue reading

Putin Takes on Crimea, Ukraine and the West
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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

The diplomatic take on Ukraine
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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