• Lukashenko's weakened position after the presidential elections of August 9 seemed an opportunity for Russia. At last Putin could force him to accept total integration in the Union State he has been dreaming of. But now the Belarusian president seems unable to crush the protests and the West has turned him down Belarus is becoming a problem for the Kremlin as well. It can lose the sympathy of the last Slavic brothers left after the Ukraine crisis.
    by Artyom Shraibman
  • An open letter written by Russian Orthodox priests in defense of those imprisoned over recent protests in Moscow is the first time that clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church have taken collective action that was not sanctioned by the church authorities.
    by Ksenia Luchenko
  • On June 20 a Russian parliamentarian addressed the Georgian parliament in Russian, while seated in the chair of the speaker of the

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  • Public discontent over a plan to raise Russia’s pension age showed the weakness of Putin's rule. The governing elite is paralized

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  • On June 12 Alexei Navalny again succeeded in bringing people to the streets in Russia. But street protest is no political

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  • Since the anti-corruption protests of 26 March staff and teachers at some Russian schools and universities have held warning

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