Tag: Paul Goble’s Window on Eurasia

Can Russia get over its Ukraine obsession?

     

Russians have been so obsessed with Ukraine for five years to the point of forgetting about their own country’s problems, says analyst Liliya Shevtsova (below, left. HT: Paul Goble) and… Read more »

Russia ‘playing with West’s minds’: Putinism an ideological threat?

     

In a new book, Matteo Renzi, the former Italian prime minister, says he called President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia about false news reports attacking him on the international Russian… Read more »

Russian ‘mood swing’? High level of dissent ‘points to trouble for Putin’

     

Economic conditions for most Russians are about to get much worse, say analysts [HT: Paul Goble]. That makes grim reading for the Kremlin alongside news that Vladimir Putin’s personal support hit… Read more »

Navalny arrested: ‘Russians are ready for freedom’

     

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who aims to unseat Vladimir Putin in presidential elections next year, was arrested ahead of a rally on Friday, raising the possibility of a month… Read more »

Russians can change – not condemned by ‘cultural code’

     

Russians are not so restricted by a“’cultural code’ of serfdom and paternalism” that the only way forward is to rely on “an enlightened ruler who bases himself on a group… Read more »

How Russia went wrong: opposition launches ‘political Uber’

     

On Sept. 12, Vladimir Putin quietly passed a landmark date: He had spent 6,602 days as the top leader of Russia, The Washington Post notes: Although not widely acknowledged, this figure… Read more »

Putin Generation finds its voice in anti-corruption protests

     

In Russia’s once-quiet provinces, young people took the lead in last weekend’s anti-corruption protests, AP reports. According to user data compiled from a social media page for people who said… Read more »

Why Europe’s last dictator’s crackdown will only further radicalize Belarusians

     

A rare and large-scale protest took place in Belarus on Saturday, when hundreds took to the streets to protest a tax — the so-called “tax on parasites” — against the under-employed,… Read more »

Putin critic Navalny jailed as mass protests ‘energize Russian opposition’

     

A day after Russia saw its largest wave of unsanctioned protests in years, opposition leaders on Monday cheered the turnout as a sign of widespread dissatisfaction with President Vladi­mir Putin…. Read more »