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    Georgian Parties Fail to Link Domestic Prosperity With a Consistent Foreign Policy
    Sep29

    Georgian Parties Fail to Link Domestic Prosperity With a Consistent Foreign Policy

    Days after Russia completed its annual military exercise Kavkaz 2016, centered on the southern part of the country and the Black Sea area and reportedly involving 120,000 service personnel (see EDM, September 15), Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili delivered a pre-election speech at the United Nations General Assembly (Civil Georgia,...

    The ‘Prussian Curse’ on Kaliningrad Governors Remains Unbroken
    Sep28

    The ‘Prussian Curse’ on Kaliningrad Governors Remains Unbroken

    On July 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin relieved the governor of Kaliningrad Oblast, Nikolay Tsukanov, of his duties (Krpress.ru, July 29). Tsukanov’s temporary replacement, Major-General Evgeny Zinichev, used to head the local branch of the Federal Security Service (FSB) (Rugrad.eu, July 28). Later, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov...

    Is Putin Planning a ‘Hybrid’ Deportation of Crimean Tatars and North Caucasians?
    Sep28

    Is Putin Planning a ‘Hybrid’ Deportation of Crimean Tatars and North Caucasians?

    Reportedly, the Kremlin is mulling an idea to relocate 500,000–1,000,000 people from the southern portions of the Russian Federation to the Far East and Siberia. This prospect has sparked fears among some non-Russians. Specifically, certain regional minorities, including Crimean Tatars from the Russian-occupied Ukrainian peninsula, fear President...

    Belarus and Russia Experience New Bout of Tensions
    Sep26

    Belarus and Russia Experience New Bout of Tensions

    In recent years, there has been no shortage of bad blood between Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and the Russian Kremlin. For example, in February 2004, Lukashenka referred to the stoppage of Russian natural gas flows into Belarus, in retaliation for Belarus’s insistence on lower prices, as “terrorism at the highest level.” And...

    Free Trade Agreement With China Boosts Georgia’s Security, Strategic Regional Importance
    Sep22

    Free Trade Agreement With China Boosts Georgia’s Security, Strategic Regional Importance

    On September 13, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Georgian government and Minister of the Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili stated at a press conference that Tbilisi and Beijing had finalized a free trade agreement between their two countries. “China’s Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng plans to visit Tbilisi to sign a...

    Moscow Again Trying to Pit Ethnic Russians in Northeastern Estonia Against Tallinn
    Sep20

    Moscow Again Trying to Pit Ethnic Russians in Northeastern Estonia Against Tallinn

    Moscow is again stirring the pot in northeastern Estonia, trying to pit the ethnic-Russian community there against Tallinn. And it is doing so in the classic tradition of Vladimir Putin’s “hybrid” war: specifically, Russia is using a report prepared by the Estonian Security Police that leaked to the press in order to blame Tallinn for that...

    Ukrainian Aircraft Manufacturer Antonov Diversifies Away from Russia
    Sep16

    Ukrainian Aircraft Manufacturer Antonov Diversifies Away from Russia

    Antonov, Ukraine’s only designer and manufacturer of aircraft, has severed all ties with Russia, which had been its main market and partner for decades (Ukrayinska Pravda, September 10). This was unavoidable, given the de facto war waged by Moscow, which prompted Kyiv to stop Ukrainian military-technical cooperation with Russia and join...

    Russian Military Resists Proposed Budget Cuts, Prepares for Major Ground War
    Sep16

    Russian Military Resists Proposed Budget Cuts, Prepares for Major Ground War

    As the dust settled, following the conclusion of the September 5–10 Kavkaz 2016 military exercise, the Russian Armed Forces entered into a budgetary battle with the Ministry of Finance. Russian Duma elections are scheduled for next Sunday (September 18); therefore, the process of drafting a 2017 state budget was postponed, together with unpopular...

    Russian Nuclear Weapons Policy Increasingly Resembles That of North Korea
    Sep15

    Russian Nuclear Weapons Policy Increasingly Resembles That of North Korea

    Moscow reacted harshly to North Korea’s most recent nuclear test. “Such explicit disregard for the norms of international law and the opinion of the international community merits the strongest possible condemnation,” the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared in a statement (Mid.ru, September 9). The irony, however, is that the...

    Lukashenka Seeks to ‘Balance’ Moscow’s ‘Spiritual Influence’ in Belarus
    Sep14

    Lukashenka Seeks to ‘Balance’ Moscow’s ‘Spiritual Influence’ in Belarus

    Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been carrying on a rapprochement with the Vatican and has even been pushing for Pope Francis to visit Minsk (Interfax, May 23, August 19). Such efforts, along with discussions in the Belarusian media about the possibility of having the Belarusian Orthodox Church become autocephalous, are intended to...

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