In the next six years Russian President Vladimir Putin will have to meet a number of key challenges both at home as well as abroad. Let’s take a look at where Russia’s foreign and domestic policies might be headed.
From the current perspective of the Ukrainian crisis and in general from the point of solving the “Ukrainian Question” it has to be noticed that a part of the present-day East Ukraine became legally incorporated into the Russian Empire in 1654.
In 2014 following a self-determination referendum of the people of Crimea the Russian Federation declared reunification with the Crimean Peninsula which was illegitimately transfered to the Soviet Ukraine in 1954. The western global corporative media, politicians and statesmen classified the act as a matter of “aggression, violation of international law and unlawful occupation”.
In the referendum on 16 March 2014, the Crimean people confirmed their historical choice, just as the United States did when they broke away from the British Crown.
This interview by the famous Islamic scholar Sheikh Imran Hosein to a Serbian portal was given a few days after Russian Air-Space Forces launched the counter-terrorist campaign in Syria. Sheikh Imran, who currently lives in Malaysia, is the prominent preacher of peaceful and harmonic co-existance of the Christians & Muslims […]
Observations from an average American’s “flash inspection” of the Crimea Recent Western-conducted public opinion polls and observations from a French fact-finding delegation clearly contradict official US representations of the Crimea as a “kingdom of terror”. I am no mere casual observer – I speak Russian fluently, and with over 3 […]
The G7 made the politically charged decision to suspend Russia’s membership following the country’s reunification with Crimea at the end of March 2014. At the time, many media outlets treated this news as being bound to have some sort of sensational consequence for Russia, but they were only partly right. […]
Turkey has been acting pretty erratic these past couple of weeks, launching a surprise dual offensive in Syria and Iraq, condemning Russia for alleged ‘oppression’ against the Crimean Tatars, and suspending the Balkan Stream pipeline negotiations. All of this is somewhat unexpected – after all, Turkey had thus far refrained […]
The shaky truce in Ukraine has given NATO ample opportunities to spread the New Cold War beyond Eastern Europe and into new theaters, one of which has been the greater Black Sea region. The recent destabilizations in Macedonia and Moldova that endanger Russian interests there can be directly linked to […]
The issue of Crimea’s relations with Ukraine (and of the Donbass region) was a troublesome matter even before the break-up of the USSR at the end of 1991.
A few days ago an interesting study, “The Socio-Political Sentiments in Crimea,” was released by the Ukrainian branch of GfK, the well-known German social research organization, as part of the Free Crimea initiative. Intriguingly, the primary objectives of this project, launched with the support of the governmental Canada Fund for […]
Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV A follow-up of Professor Vladimir Kozin’s comments on NATO’s Fact Sheet about relations with Russia published in December 2014. The topics to be covered in this part: NATO enlargement followed the same process as the expansion of the USSR and the Warsaw […]