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Section: Research Organizations & Think Tanks about Ukraine

    Controversial Ukrainian blogger / journalist Kotsaba freed after 18 months in prison
    Jul15

    Controversial Ukrainian blogger / journalist Kotsaba freed after 18 months in prison

    Ruslan Kotsaba, a controversial blogger and Ukraine’s first Amnesty International prisoner of conscience in 5 years, has had his conviction and 3.5-year sentence for supposed obstruction of the Ukrainian Armed Forces quashed. He was released in the courtroom after over 18 months held in detention …read more Source: Kharkiv Human...

    Beset by Cash Flow Problems, Russia and Kazakhstan Consider Leasing Baikonur Cosmodrome to Other Countries
    Jul15

    Beset by Cash Flow Problems, Russia and Kazakhstan Consider Leasing Baikonur Cosmodrome to Other Countries

    Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome is the oldest and largest space launch facility in the world, built in 1955 as a test range for the Soviet Union’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the R-7. It covers 2,600 square miles, measuring 47 miles from north to south and 56 miles from east to west, and contains 15 launch pads...

    Russia and the West Engage in Mutual Deterrence
    Jul15

    Russia and the West Engage in Mutual Deterrence

    After the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) summit in Warsaw last week (July 8–9), the NATO-Russian Council met in Brussels, on July 13, at the ambassadorial level. The meeting did not lead to much progress: Both the Alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Russian ambassador at NATO headquarters, Alexander...

    Insight-In Economic Crisis, Putin Helps a Mogul He Once Attacked
    Jul15

    Insight-In Economic Crisis, Putin Helps a Mogul He Once Attacked

    Three major banks rescued industrialist Igor Zyuzin’s coal and steel firm Mechel from what would have been Russia’s biggest ever corporate collapse. The commodity price slump and sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine have hurt the economy and unsettled Putin’s grip on power. If Mechel went bankrupt it could lead to layoffs...

    Putin to Merkel, Hollande: Help avoid Ukraine escalation
    Jul15

    Putin to Merkel, Hollande: Help avoid Ukraine escalation

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to use their influence to help prevent any escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Putin expressed his concerns about the state of a shaky truce between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in...

    How Russia has prepared for aggression against Ukraine for 10 years
    Jul15

    How Russia has prepared for aggression against Ukraine for 10 years

    The key objective is to recapture Ukraine, which should dramatically increase Russia’s demographic, political, economic, military and other resources. In the irrational worldview of the “Kremlin dreamers”, restoring control over Kyiv – “the mother of all cities”, capital and ancestral home of Eastern Slavic Orthodoxy – is a vital interest...

    A European “Special Relationship”? The French View on Germany and NATO
    Jul14

    A European “Special Relationship”? The French View on Germany and NATO

    Transatlantic TakeThe deliverables announced at the conclusion of the NATO Summit on July 9, combined with the positive outcome of the German White Paper on defense released just a few days later, look promising for French strategic interests. While signs point toward more robust security in Europe and more EU-NATO cooperation, some fault lines...

    Lessons from Polish-German Reconciliation for Current Russia-West Relations
    Jul14

    Lessons from Polish-German Reconciliation for Current Russia-West Relations

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in Eastern Ukraine have brought Russia-West relations to a post-Cold War nadir that neither side seems able or willing to escape. Europe’s past, however, may hold answers. Last year marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, one of history’s darkest hours and the low...

    Belarusian Customs Officials Corner Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Jul14

    Belarusian Customs Officials Corner Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Mistaken for Metallica, the band plays along and signs autographs. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    NATO Summit: Collective Defence & Nuclear Deterrence
    Jul14

    NATO Summit: Collective Defence & Nuclear Deterrence

    When the NATO heads of state and government convened in Wales in 2014 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, their meeting was widely heralded as historic; and yet it is likely that last week’s Warsaw NATO summit will be the more important one. This is because it is only now that NATO genuinely has returned to its roots as an...

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