Love him or leave him
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Love him or leave him

Giovanni Cadioli argues that the contradictory fate of Lenin’s monuments in Ukraine is yet another sign of the profound divisions within the protest-riven country. Soviet monuments have long been object of dispute. The relocation of a Red Army monument from central Tallinn to a military cemetery in 2007 triggered riots and caused a serious diplomatic row … Continue reading

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

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