International

Moldova’s presidential election: the Russians were not coming(this time).

Putin, who had practically abandoned incumbent President Igor Dodon ahead of the election(see below), became one of the first international leaders to congratulate Maia Sandu on her victory, “I count on your presidency to make possible a construc...

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The Belarus protests are not Euromaidan, yet a separate struggle for dignity.

With an astonishing 80.23% of votes in the recent Belarusian presidential elections, the incumbent president – Alyaksandr Lukashenka – has once again secured a landslide victory over his opposition. His sixth consecutive victory, however, was met ...

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Fear, horror, anger, despair, solidarity, apathy, and glee.

A study by Chatham House found that more than a million people took part in the protests and each fifth city dweller. Quite a lot for a country of 9.5 million. First, Belarusians demanded free and fair elections. Later, demands to stop police viol...

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Three months of Belarusian gridlock: do the protesters have a chance?.

It is now three months since Belarusians said they had enough of the rule of the “last dictator in Europe”and rose up against rigged elections. Every day of these three months, Belarusians from all regions and walks of life resisted b...

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What will a Biden presidency mean for Ukraine?

A lot is going to change for Ukraine as the foreign policy priorities of the future US president are going to be significantly different from those of the incumbent US leader. Hungarian PM Viktor Orban to have less support from the US The Hungaria...

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Vitaly Portnikov: Putin as “peacemaker” in Karabakh is a warning signal for Ukraine.

Thus, Putin is once again a “peacemaker”. It is not at all difficult to remember what happened in other regions of the former Soviet Union that accepted the Kremlin’s “peacekeeping missions”. In Transnistria, Russian “peacekeepers” have prevented ...

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Lukashenka’s crackdown on protesters is increasingly brutal, over 1000 detained this Sunday.

This Sunday, 8 November 2020, Belarusians protesting against rigged presidential elections for the third month in a row attempted to hold their traditional march in Minsk and other cities. Called the “Power of the People March,”it end...

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Moscow presents US as sinking into chaos

Four years ago, in November 2016, Donald Trump’s victory in the United States presidential election was celebrated in Moscow. The news of Hillary Clinton conceding was greeted with spontaneous applause by the deputies of the Kremlin-controlled Sta...

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US presidential election ‘extraordinarily unwelcome’ for Putin, Shlosberg says.

If Vladimir Putin was pleased with the results of the 2016 US presidential election in which his operatives intervened, he is anything but by both the competitiveness of the race in 2020 and perhaps even more of the careful counting of votes that ...

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Information and psychological Russian operations target relations between Poland and Ukraine.

Info OPS Polska Foundation was established for the implementation of projects aimed at ensuring the safety of the information environment. In its latest report, excerpts from which we publish below, the foundation analyzes Russian infosphere-based...

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Vitaliy Markiv comes home as truth & justice prevail over covert Russian propaganda.

The court of first instance of Pavia sentenced Markiv to 24 years in prison for alleged complicity in the killing of Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and Russian interpreter, journalist and human rights activist Andrei Mironov. Vitaliy Mar...

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Western sanctions hurt Russia’s defense industry and put it at odds with other sectors, analyst says.

In a commentary for the Riddle portal, he says that sanctions on Russian defense producers have been used since the 1990s and have had slowed modernization, increased costs and intensified tensions between that sector and the Kremlin. Read also: S...

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Ukraine’s geopolitical successes become Russian defeats.

In the first half of October, the Ukrainian leadership concluded a series of important international agreements, with significance not only for Kyiv itself but also for buttressing regional security more broadly. First, during Ukrainian President ...

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