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  • Israel pivots to Russia's Eurasian Economic Union (EEU)

    12/09/2015 5:26:30 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies ^ | 8 Dec 2015 | RT
    The Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is planning to hold talks with Israel on establishing a free trade zone. The agreement is likely to strengthen Tel Aviv's economic ties with the union and improve Russia's investment climate. "There has been a decision to kick-off talks on the free trade zone with Israel," said the director of the EEU's Integration Development Department Victor Spassky. The EEU is a Russia-led trade bloc established in 2015 on the basis of the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. It currently has five members: Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, while Tajikistan is a prospective...
  • Vladimir Putin calls for 'Eurasia' currency union

    03/24/2015 5:42:51 AM PDT · by mykroar · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/20/2015 | Reuters
    Vladimir Putin proposed on Friday creating a regional currency union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Russia's partners in a political and economic union made up of former Soviet republics. Mr Putin made his proposal at a meeting with the Belarussian and Kazakh presidents which highlighted the challenges facing the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union following the fall in global oil prices and the decline of the Russian rouble. "The time has come to start thinking about forming a currency union," Mr Putin said after the talks in the Kazakh capital Astana with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.He gave...
  • "Great Surprise"—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

    11/27/2014 11:09:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    nationalgeograph ^ | November 20, 2013 | By Brian Handwerk
    Nearly one-third of Native American genes come from west Eurasian people linked to the Middle East and Europe, rather than entirely from East Asians as previously thought, according to a newly sequenced genome. Based on the arm bone of a 24,000-year-old Siberian youth, the research could uncover new origins for America's indigenous peoples, as well as stir up fresh debate on Native American identities, experts say. The study authors believe the new study could also help resolve some long-standing puzzles on the peopling of the New World, which include genetic oddities and archaeological inconsistencies
  • The evil of political correctness

    10/04/2012 4:18:21 PM PDT · by Milagros · 8 replies
    TheNorthernEcho (UK) ^ | Aug. 7, 2012
    The evil of political correctness 1:33pm Tuesday 7th August 2012 in Columnists I KNOW that this is pretty old news by now, and we journalists and columnists are expected to be bang up to date, but I just can’t get out of my head the horrific account of how the parents of Shafilea Ahmed murdered their 17-year old daughter because she wanted to live a normal teenage life. And then they lied about it. If they were sincere in their “religious” beliefs, why didn’t they own up, with pride? Fundamentalist Islamic bigotry should have no place in a northern English...
  • Red China’s Economic Strategies for Central Asia: Building Roads to Afghan Strategic Resources

    09/25/2012 10:46:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/21/2012 | Zabikhulla S. Saipov
    Recent Chinese diplomatic maneuvers in Central Asia, both bilateral and multilateral, show that Beijing’s strategy treats the region as a corridor for reaching resource bases in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. Central Asia is thus part of China’s broader blueprint of securing strategic resources and supplies to feed its developing economy (Z. Saipov, China Oil & Gas Monitor, Week 21, Issue 396, News Base, May 31, p. 3–4). Hu Jintao (L) and Islam Karimov Illustratively, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu’s two-week official tour of Congo, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on September 1–13 (, September 6) supports the premise that...
  • Putin’s Grand Plan for Asia

    03/13/2012 12:05:53 AM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 3/14/2012 | Richard Weitz
    Vladimir Putin, Russia’s current prime minister and future president, has shown a strong interest in Asian affairs. In his second term, Putin would undoubtedly like to maintain good ties with China, consolidate Moscow’s first-among-equals status in Central Asia, manage the regional repercussions of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, prevent a war or major crisis in the Koreas, and deepen Russia’s integration into East Asia’s more dynamic and prosperous economic networks. At the same time, Putin is eager to strengthen Russia’s position in Europe. It’s a big to-do list, but Russia has already succeeded in raising its profile in Asia...
  • America and Eurasia 'to meet at north pole' (in 50-200 million years.)

    02/08/2012 10:58:52 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/8/12 | Neil Bowdler - BBC News
    America and Eurasia will crash into each other over the north pole in 50-200 million years time, according to scientists at Yale University. They predict Africa and Australia will join the new "supercontinent" too, which will mark the next coming together of the Earth's land masses. The continents are last thought to have come together 300 million years ago into a supercontinent called Pangaea. Details are published in the journal Nature. The land masses of the Earth are constantly moving as the Earth's as tectonic activity occurs. This generates areas such as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where Iceland has formed, and...
  • Putin’s New Vision of Eurasia

    10/10/2011 10:42:49 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies ^ | 10/05/2011 | John C.K. Daly
    Many western politicians have harbored deep suspicions of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Vladimorovich Putin since he first emerged on the Russian political stage in 1999. This is hardly surprising, given his KGB background, though those with longer historical memories will recall that Yuri Andropov came from the same organization and that the West grudgingly found a way to work with him. While the worst aspects of the Cold War faded away with the peaceful collapse of the USSR in late 1991, twenty years later, trying to figure out Kremlin politics remains as vital an exercise as ever, and the “Putin...
  • Vacant shops hit 33% in some towns ( UK )

    09/08/2011 6:17:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 8 September 2011 | Alan Jones
    One in three shops are empty in some parts of the UK after an increase in the gap between the best and worst performing towns, a new report shows. Nationally, one in seven shops have remained vacant in the past year and there is unlikely to be a significant improvement because of the economic climate
  • Russia pushing for control of fuel supplies to crucial US airbase

    06/24/2010 12:05:32 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/22/2010 | Richard Orange
    The Russian and American governments are discussing a bilateral government deal, under which Russian state-controlled oil companies Rosneft and Gazpromneft would supply kerosene directly to the Manas Transit Centre, a crucial logistics hub for the war in Afghanistan. "Ultimately it's in the security interests of Russia for the US to be using this base for its operations in Afghanistan, but under a very, very strict mandate," said Ana Jelenkovic, Central Asia analyst at Eurasia Group. "If Russia is able to monitor the destination of the fuel, it limits the ability of the US to stay there in the base long-term....
  • Turkey’s Pact With Russia Will Give It Nuclear Plant

    05/13/2010 10:47:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 336+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/12/2010 | Sebnem Arsu
    Turkey and Russia signed 17 agreements on Wednesday to enhance cooperation in energy and other fields, including pacts to build Turkey’s first nuclear power plant and furthering plans for an oil pipeline from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. The pipeline would allow Russia to expand its oil exports from the Black Sea, bypassing the Bosporus, whose shipping lines are already at capacity. The deal follows several rounds of agreements between Russia and Turkey in recent years that have helped Russia maintain its dominance of Eurasian energy routes. On his first official visit to Turkey, the Russian president, Dmitri A....
  • China And America Jostle In Middle East

    05/11/2010 7:15:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 291+ views
    Eurasian Review ^ | 5/12/2010 | Richard Javad Heydarian
    This century has witnessed China's emergence as the main challenger to the superpower status of the United States. In a dramatic fashion, China is beginning to establish its foothold in the highly strategic, energy-rich region of the Middle East by forging strong ties with regional powers and gradually challenging the U.S.-Israeli regional dominance. Thanks to decades of double-digit economic growth and accelerating military modernization, China now has both the need for and the capability of engaging the Middle East. Confined to the sidelines during the Cold War, the Chinese leadership finally found a window of opportunity to enter the regional...
  • Syria in China’s New Silk Road Strategy

    04/17/2010 2:31:35 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 278+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | 4/16/2010 | Christina Lin
    While the international community is fixated on Iran’s nuclear program, China has been steadily expanding its political, economic and strategic ties with Syria. Since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited China in 2004 on the heels of the 2003 U.S. intervention in Iraq, there have been increased economic cooperation and more recently, a flurry of high-level exchanges on political and strategic issues. On April 5, while at the 7th Syrian International Oil and Gas Exhibition “SYROIL 2010” to attract local, Arab and foreign investors, Syrian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Sufian al-Allaw told the state-run Xinhua News Agency that he...
  • Kyrgyzstan extends U.S. lease of air base

    04/16/2010 4:51:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 263+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/16/2010 | UPI
    Kyrgyzstan's interim government said it will extend the U.S. lease of a key air base by another year. "Kyrgyzstan is extending by one year the validity of the agreement with the United States over the Manas transit center," Omurbek Tekebayev, the deputy leader of the opposition, was quoted as saying by BBC News. Washington is using the air base in Manas to fly troops and equipment in and out of Afghanistan. After the bloody unrest that ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev last week, the U.S. government had been worried that the opposition would throw the Americans out. The move to keep...
  • China, US, Russia eye Bishkek

    04/14/2010 10:40:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 435+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 4/12/2010 | richard Weitz
    Kyrgyzstan may be a landlocked country with a population of less than 5.5 million, but it still looms large in the regional calculations of China, Russia and the United States. The Kyrgyz Republic is the only country to host both a Russian and a US military base. The Russian base at Kant symbolises Moscow’s preeminent security role in the region, while the US base at Manas plays a vital role in sustaining NATO military operations in Afghanistan. And Kyrgyzstan also borders Xinjiang, prompting concerns among Chinese policymakers over infiltration by terrorists and narcotics smuggling into this sensitive province as well...
  • An ancient textile factory? (New discoveries push human technologies back to the "earliest times")

    10/01/2009 2:51:37 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 39 replies · 2,527+ views
    CMI ^ | October 1, 2009 | Robert W Carter, Ph.D.
    A recent report of an ancient textile facility, of sorts, is turning heads.[1] Sifting through the debris on a cave floor in the Republic of Georgia, scientists recently discovered evidence that the early cave dwellers processed textiles in the cave. While searching for ancient pollen grains, they found tiny flax fibers in the dirt. Some of these fibers were woven, some were cut, and some were dyed black, gray, turquoise, or pink. They also discovered evidence that these people were processing fur (for clothing) and animal hides. What is surprising about the find is that this was supposedly happening 30,000...
  • OSCE RIP in Georgia

    07/06/2009 8:10:10 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 270+ views
    Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 7/1/2009 | Vladimir Socor
    On June 30 the OSCE officially terminated its Mission in Georgia, which had for 17 years monitored the situation in and around South Ossetia. Russia forced the OSCE to close the Mission by vetoing the prolongation of its mandate in the OSCE's Permanent Council. Also on June 30 the U.N. Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), which had for 15 years monitored the situation in and around Abkhazia, began evacuating its personnel, following Russia's veto against that Mission's mandate in the U.N. Security Council (EDM, June 2, 12, 17). OSCE military monitoring officers on patrol in Georgia, in 2008 Moscow wants...

    03/26/2008 10:02:20 AM PDT · by hanfei · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | March 26, 2008 | Vladimir Socor
    Ahead of NATO’s April 2-4 Bucharest Summit, the alliance is preoccupied with maintaining the principles on which it interacts with aspirant countries. The core principles may be summed up as: the open door, membership action plans on the road to that open door, merit-based assessment of aspirant countries, and no external inputs into Allied decisions on membership or membership prospects. The alliance as a whole is alert to the risk of compromising those principles in the event that Membership Action Plans (MAPs) are denied to Georgia and Ukraine in a manner perceived as deferring to Russia. Even Germany, the leading...
  • Russia and China: The Mechanics of an Anti-American Alliance

    04/29/2007 10:53:35 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 21 replies · 791+ views
    The Journal of International Security Affairs ^ | Fall 2006 | Dr. Alexandr Nemets
    Russia and China: The Mechanics of an Anti-American Alliance Fall 2006 - Number 11 Alexandr Nemets Conventional wisdom has it that China’s expanding military capabilities, and Beijing’s growing regional ambitions, will one day soon pose a challenge to the United States in Asia. Likewise, Russia under Vladimir Putin has shed any ambiguity about its post-Cold War direction, become increasingly assertive, powerful and anti-American. Yet perhaps the greatest threat to U.S. interests and objectives in the years ahead will not come from Beijing or Moscow alone, but from the ominous alliance that is emerging between the two. It is a partnership...
  • Russia as friend, not foe

    02/20/2007 12:16:08 PM PST · by vertolet · 19 replies · 475+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Feb 17, 2007 | Nicolai N Petro
    Rarely has Russia's leadership been so widely reviled in the West, yet rarely has the West needed Russia's friendship more. The most obvious reason the West needs Russia is the latter's abundance of natural resources, which Western governments have for decades assumed would always be at the disposal of their industries. Indeed, Europe has almost learned to take its dependence for granted, relying on its good fortune that, for the past three centuries, the Russian elite has identified itself wholeheartedly with European culture and values. The occasional voices that arose to call for a reorientation eastward to Siberia, or southward...
  • Belarus: Does Minsk Stand A Chance In Gas War With Gazprom?

    12/28/2006 11:55:57 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 437+ views
    RFERL ^ | December 28, 2006 | Jan Maksymiuk
    December 28, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Gazprom and Minsk have managed to agree on one thing -- Belarus's asking price of $2.5 billion for a 50 percent stake in the state pipeline operator Beltranshaz. Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov has confirmed that concession to Belarus: "We have agreed to the most comfortable conditions for Belarus," Kupriyanov said on December 27. "We want to obtain 50 percent [of Beltranshaz], not control over it, and we are [offering] a price that is even higher than the market one."
  • More Prison Time for Khodorkovsky?

    12/28/2006 12:10:56 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 4 replies · 341+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | December 28, 2006 | Nabi Abdullaev
    Jailed Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky is looking at a possible 15-year prison term in connection with a money-laundering inquiry. The prison term would come on top of the eight years he is already serving. Prosecutors on Wednesday questioned Khodorkovsky as part of their inquiry. "Khodorkovsky is suspected of stealing oil revenues from Yukos subsidiary firms and then laundering these funds by donating them to Open Russia," Khodorkovsky's lawyer, Yury Shmidt, said by telephone from the regional capital, Chita.
  • Putin's Oil Grab — An Ominous Sign?

    12/14/2006 2:14:34 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies · 842+ views ^ | 12/12/2006
    President Vladimir Putin insists he wants Russia to be a respected member of the community of nations. Why, then, does he keep doing things that remind us of the bad old days of the USSR? Russia talks a good game about wanting more trade and investment with the West. But then it goes and does something crazy: seizing the assets of Shell Oil off Sakhalin Island. ... Russia never had the technology to fully exploit its oil and gas reserves; it needed outside expertise. Which explains why Shell was in Sakhalin, one of Russia's most promising offshore oil sites. But...
  • Ukraine babies in stem cell probe

    12/12/2006 1:33:32 PM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 34 replies · 864+ views
    BBC ^ | 12 December 2006 | By Matthew Hill
    Healthy new-born babies may have been killed in Ukraine to feed a flourishing international trade in stem cells, evidence obtained by the BBC suggests. Disturbing video footage of post-mortem examinations on dismembered tiny bodies raises serious questions about what happened to them. Ukraine has become the self-styled stem cell capital of the world. There is a trade in stem cells from aborted foetuses, amid unproven claims they can help fight many diseases. But now there are claims that stem cells are also being harvested from live babies. Wall of silence The BBC has spoken to mothers from the city of...
  • CIS: The Generation That Never Knew The Soviet Union

    12/10/2006 12:03:33 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 9 replies · 561+ views
    RFERL ^ | Dec 8, 2006 | RFERL
    PRAGUE, December 8, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- On December 8, 1991, the leaders of Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine gathered at a site in the Belarusian forest of Belavezhskaya Pushcha to declare that the Soviet Union was dead. In its place, they announced the formation of a new alliance, the Commonwealth of Independent States. For those who lived through it, it was a heady but uncertain time. Hopes of social change and political freedom mixed with fears of economic freefall and the disintegration of state institutions. But what about those with no memory of that time? RFE/RL spoke to young people born...
  • Russia: U.S. Election Expected To Chill Relations Further

    11/10/2006 3:14:23 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 22 replies · 889+ views
    RFERL ^ | November 9, 2006 | RFERL
    PRAGUE, November 9, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Russian media today are predicting a chill in U.S.-Russia ties following the results of the November 7 U.S. elections, which appeared to hand both chambers of Congress to the opposition Democrats and have led to the surprise resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Many Russian newspapers predict the changes to the U.S. Congress will mean increased criticism of Russia's human rights standards, and a deterioration in cooperation on foreign-policy issues like Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. RFE/RL correspondent Claire Bigg spoke to Aleksandr Golts, a political and defense expert for the Moscow-based "Yezhednevny...
  • Russia, U.S. Reach WTO Deal

    11/10/2006 3:07:04 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 8 replies · 427+ views
    RFERL ^ | Nov 10, 2006 | RFERL
    November 10, 2006 -- Russia and the United States have reached an agreement in principle on bilateral terms for Moscow's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Klebnikov Acquittals Overturned [Russia]

    11/10/2006 2:58:41 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 278+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | Nov 11, 2006 | The Moscow Times (via AP)
    The [Russian] Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the acquittal of three suspects in the killing of American journalist Paul Klebnikov and ordered a new trial, a court spokesman said. The court, hearing an appeal by prosecutors and the victim's lawyers, said a new trial should be held with a new judge, court spokesman Pavel Odintsov said.
  • Russia, Belarus to pursue market norms in relations - Kremlin

    11/10/2006 2:43:37 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 2 replies · 265+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | Nov 11, 2006 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, November 10 (RIA Novosti) - The presidents of Russia and Belarus said Friday they will be guided by free market principles as they seek to broaden bilateral economic ties, the Kremlin press office reported.
  • Update: 4 sailors found dead, 11 alive from sunken Russian ship in Pacific

    10/26/2006 4:12:11 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 6 replies · 577+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | Oct. 26, 2006 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - A total of four sailors have now been found dead, and 11 have been found alive from the 18-man crew of a Russian cargo ship that sunk in the West Pacific three days ago, after rescuers found another three dead on Thursday. The Russian ship Yury Orlenko, which had sailed from the country's Far East port of Vladivostok to join the rescue effort, pulled a body out of the water in the Sea of Japan at 5:30 a.m. GMT on Thursday, according to Russia's Transportation Ministry.
  • Georgia may tackle Abkhazia, S. Ossetia militarily - Ivanov

    10/26/2006 4:00:42 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 48 replies · 662+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 10-26-2006 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's defense minister highlighted Moscow's concern Thursday that Georgia could try to tackle disputes with the self-proclaimed republics on its territory militarily. Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which proclaimed independence from Georgia in the 1990s, have contributed to tensions in relations between Russia and Georgia, which accuse one another of plans to unleash a new bloody conflict in the region and to annex territory, respectively.
  • Operation Successor postponed

    10/26/2006 2:40:23 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 4 replies · 259+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | Oct. 26, 2006 | Andrei Kolesnikov
    MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Kolesnikov) -President Vladimir Putin has left the audience intrigued once again. He is not ready to name his successor yet, he said, and believes that Russian people have to "determine who is the strongest candidate." At the same time, he did promise to name someone. "Of course, as any Russian citizen, I reserve the right of choice at a vote and I do not believe that I should give up my right to express my opinion in mass media," he said. "I will talk about it when the time is right." It is not...
  • Central Asia: 'Fathers Are Crying There, Children Are Crying Here'

    10/26/2006 2:29:32 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 9 replies · 447+ views
    RFERL ^ | Oct. 25, 2006 | Bruce Pannier
    The government of Turkmenistan has for years practiced a domestic policy that can only be described as "Turkmenization." Most non-ethnic Turkmen officials have been purged, and authorities have gone further in insisting, unofficially, that residents speak Turkmen and dress in what is regarded as a Turkmen fashion. Even schoolchildren are subject to the unwritten policies, which have led to the emigration of ethnic Russians, Kazakhs, and Uzbeks. The latest manifestation is the arrival in neighboring Uzbekistan of young women who married Turkmen citizens but were rejected registration and tossed out of the country, along with their children. Ziyoda Ruzimova lived...
  • Ukraine Puts a Price Tag on the Country

    10/25/2006 3:28:30 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 34 replies · 714+ views
    Kommersant ^ | Oct 25, 2006 | Pyotr Netreba and Oleg Gavrish
    Ukraine will be paying Russia $130 per 1,000 cu. meters of gas in 2007, Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said in Kiev on Tuesday. The parties did not comment reports that Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich managed to secure moderate gas prices for his country in exchange for political trade-offs. In any case, successful talks with the Russian premier helped Viktor Yanukovich show his abilities in putting relations with Russia back on track.

    10/25/2006 3:08:17 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 4 replies · 355+ views
    Jamestown Foundation (Eurasia Daily Monitor) ^ | October 23, 2006 | Charles Gurin
    Various theories have circulated regarding who might have murdered the journalist Anna Politkovskaya on October 7, and why. According to these, she was targeted by nationalist extremists, or by Russian military officers that she had named in connection with human rights abuses in Chechnya, or by Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov, whose alleged abuses she had chronicled in great detail. Two days after her murder, the website of Politkovskaya’s newspaper, Novaya gazeta, said it was either an act of revenge by Kadyrov or carried out by “those who want suspicions to fall on the current Chechen premier, who, having passed...
  • Energy: Russia Can Boost Security Through Transparency

    10/25/2006 2:58:14 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 1 replies · 269+ views
    RFERL ^ | 10-24-2006 | Keith Smith
    Russia is correct to argue that energy security is a two-way street, former U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania Keith Smith told the Prague Energy Forum today. However, he noted, many in the Kremlin seek not merely security, but control. Below, RFE/RL presents the complete text of Smith's remarks to the forum.Keith Smith: The prominent attention given energy issues at the EU-Russia "summit" in Lehti, Finland, on October 20 was quite illustrative. The summit demonstrated that there is a converging perception in Western and Central Europe regarding the risks of energy dependency on Russia. This may or may not be fair,...
  • EU: For Brussels, Not All Frozen Conflicts Are Alike

    10/25/2006 2:44:39 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 6 replies · 329+ views
    RFERL ^ | October 25, 2006 | Ahto Lobjakas
    BRUSSELS, October 25, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- At a European Parliament debate on South Ossetia and Transdniester today, EU officials had two distinct messages. First, that the bloc’s involvement in Moldova will remain strong. Second, that Georgia's requests for greater EU involvement are "unrealistic." From the EU’s point of view, not all frozen conflicts are alike. It continues to acknowledge Russia’s key role in attempts at resolution. But when it comes to its own involvement, Brussels is clearly more enthusiastic about Moldova than it is about Georgia. Moldova will share a border with the EU as of January 1, 2006, when...
  • Russia: Putin Faces The Nation's Questions

    10/25/2006 2:36:36 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 222+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | October 25, 2006 | RFERL
    Russian President Vladimir Putin faced his nation today in a live multimedia appearance broadcast on Russian television and radio, the fifth of its kind since he came to office in 2000.
  • Russia: Will Moscow Face A Cold, Dark Winter?

    10/23/2006 4:06:45 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 67 replies · 1,197+ views
    RFERL ^ | October 23, 2006 | Roman Kupchinsky
    WASHINGTON, October 23, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Last winter, Ukrainians were left shivering after Russia cut off gas supplies. This year, there's a chance it could be Russians feeling the freeze. Some observers are concerned that Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly Gazprom will be unable to supply domestic electricity-generating companies with enough gas. If that happens, it could mean brownouts and blackouts this winter. Such a scenario nearly occurred last year. Mosenergo, the majority shareholder in Russia's Unified Energy Systems (EES) electricity monopoly, supplies electricity to the Moscow region. In the winter of 2005-06, it was faced with a severe lack of...
  • Vladimir Putin Wins the Dinner. EU leaders leave Lahti as outsiders

    10/23/2006 3:19:32 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 8 replies · 420+ views
    Kommersant ^ | October 23, 2006 | Andrey Kolesnikov
    Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to Lahti, Finland, to meet with European Union leaders and European Commission officials. Many expected the Europeans to greet Putin in an aggressive mood. Kommersant special correspondent Andrey Kolesnikov did not see any signs of a battle among the participants in the informal summit, but neither was any evidence of agreement evident – not on the Energy Charter, human rights or the Russian-Georgian conflict. At dinner, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested negotiating an Agreement on Strategic Partnership and Cooperation between Russia and the European Union to replace the old one that is about to expire....
  • World: Fukuyama Says Ideas On Liberal Democracy 'Misunderstood'

    10/17/2006 2:39:56 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 19 replies · 625+ views
    RFERL ^ | October 14, 2006 | Francis Fukuyama (Interview to RFERL)
    KYIV, October 13, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Professor Francis Fukuyama is best known for his idea that the world settled on liberal democracy after the ideological struggle of the Cold War. After giving a lecture at the 10th Anniversary of the Economic Education and Research Consortium in Kyiv, he spoke to RFE/RL Ukrainian Service correspondent Marianna Dratch about the unrealistic expectations of the Orange Revolution, the development of civil society in Ukraine, and how his ideas on liberal democracy have been misunderstood and misused.

    10/17/2006 8:40:20 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 2 replies · 394+ views
    Jamestown Foundation (Eurasia Daily Monitor) ^ | October 17, 2006 | Roger McDermott
    Kazakhstan has conducted military exercises in its western region, partly to demonstrate more effective coordination of its security forces, but also to convey a powerful signal to Islamic extremists and confidently display its ability to protect its facilities in the Caspian Sea. These exercises, though showing practical progress for Kazakhstan’s armed forces, were held at a time when more corruption scandals marred the reputation of the Ministry of Defense. Moreover, the authorities are showing increasing concern about the activities of Islamic extremists and their networks within Kazakhstan, revealing uncertainty regarding the precise nature of the threat and the capabilities of...
  • Russia’s Westpolitik--Putin devises a new divide and conquer strategy.

    10/17/2006 5:44:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies · 486+ views ^ | October 17, 2006 | Ariel Cohen
    Vladimir Putin’s visit to his old stumping ground, Germany, after he hosted Chancellor Angela Merkel in Siberia earlier this year, was delightful. Putin dropped by the old haunt, Dresden, where he used to run agents, then attended meetings with Bavarian officials and a dinner in Munich. The Green Party leaders boycotted the affair because of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya murder. Still, the Greens in the past gave hand to the massive German energy partnership with Russia – so that the Vaterland can shut down the much-hated nuclear reactors. Better be Red than dead; better be Green and pro-Russian than anti-environment....
  • No Interest in Kim Jong-Il (Russian Analyst Opinion)

    10/17/2006 7:48:47 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 11 replies · 485+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | October 17, 2006 | Alexander Lukin
    UN Security Council Resolution 1718, adopted Saturday, includes serious international sanctions aimed against Pyongyang. At the same time, the original draft resolution as submitted by Japan was softened somewhat to address objections from Moscow and Beijing. But are such attempts at leniency in Russia's strategic interests?
  • Foreign Investors Press State [Russia] for Clarity

    10/16/2006 4:15:07 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 219+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | October 17, 2006 | Miriam Elder
    Foreign executives appealed to Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and senior economic officials for clarity and transparency Monday amid a major review of many of the country's largest foreign investment projects. They warned that corruption, administrative barriers, entangled bureaucracy and selective application of the law were casting a shadow over the country's strong economy and scaring away potential investors. Yet state officials failed to provide the clarity foreign investors sought. "There is a strong sense of optimism here, but also a strong sense of nervousness," said Ernst & Young CEO James Turley, who co-chaired the conference with Fradkov.
  • Kaliningrad erases stains of past (Russian Baltic Enclave)

    10/16/2006 3:44:54 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 41 replies · 953+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-16-2006 | Laura Sheeter
    It is rare to hear good things about Russia's Kaliningrad region on the Baltic Sea. Cut off from the rest of Russia, tucked between Poland and Lithuania, during the 1990s Kaliningrad became notorious for smuggling and epidemics of heroin abuse and HIV. It was the first place in Russia to be hit by widespread HIV infection. During Soviet times Kaliningrad was a closed military zone, and after the fall of the USSR the exclave suffered one of the worst economic collapses anywhere in Russia. But things are quietly changing in Russia's smallest region, because Kaliningrad is experiencing an economic boom...

    10/06/2006 3:02:25 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 22 replies · 542+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation (Eurasia Daily Monitor) ^ | October 6, 2006 | Igor Torbakov
    The latest crisis in the chronically uneasy relationship between Moscow and Tbilisi is not likely to fizzle out any time soon, as the positions of the two sides appear to be irreconcilable. This poses a painful dilemma for the West: do the United States and the European Union want to make the fate of Georgia and its breakaway regions a central issue in their relationship with Russia?
  • Georgians deported as row deepens

    10/06/2006 2:11:31 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 37 replies · 563+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-06-2006 | BBC
    Russia has deported a planeload of Georgians, amid a deepening diplomatic row sparked by Georgia's recent arrest of four alleged Russian spies.
  • Unease grips Georgians in Russia

    10/06/2006 12:32:45 PM PDT · by MarMema · 4 replies · 321+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/3/06 | BBC
    Khatuna Dadiani is one of the estimated half a million Georgians living in Russia, who send money home to support family members. As of today she faces two new problems - how to wire money to Tbilisi, and how to get to Georgia if she wants or needs to visit. But Russia's economic sanctions against Georgia strike her as more ridiculous than anything else. "Of course there will be ways round them," she says. "The worrying thing is that attitudes towards Georgians are changing so fast here - it's getting worse and worse." Money and travel Khatuna's husband, who has...
  • Voice of Hope

    10/05/2006 2:22:02 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 411+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | October 6, 2006 | Alexander Bratersky
    Fans remember Anna German, a Polish singer who became a star in the Soviet Union while keeping quiet about her tragic past. For millions of Soviet citizens, she was a Polish star who sang about love in melodic, accented Russian at a time when others were singing odes to communist glory. But she was actually born in a remote part of Uzbekistan, and only later did her mother take her to Poland, fearing for her life amid Stalin's purges. She was Anna German, a singer who moved fluidly between Russian, Polish and Italian, and won fame for romantic songs...