|Torstaina, 1. maaliskuuta 2014 0 kommentti(a)|
Crimea as a trophy in the Kremlin symbolic game
Russian leadership has insisted that forces deployed in Crimea are not Russian troops but ‘local self-defence units’, and that the referendum scheduled for March 16, is legitimate. From the perspective of western actors, these statements, at best, reflect Russia’s clumsy maneuvering in response to the ouster of Yanukovych, in particular when taken together with events on the ground in Crimea and in view of Russia’s seemingly contradictory past support for non-interference in the internal affairs of other sovereign states. Russia’s actions may have profound implications for European security landscape. However, before any major conclusions can be made, we should carefully analyze not just events on the ground, but the ways in which they are framed in the Russian (and Western) discourse. This may help us to better understand what is going on.
|Perjantaina, 1. heinäkuuta 2011 0 kommentti(a)|
Speaking the language of oligarchy
According to Vedomosti newspaper (13 July 2011), President Medvedev is said to suggest at the meeting with the Russian business leaders that they should “choose, which road they want for Russia” – his or Putin’s. Medvedev’s impromptu campaign speech has again fueled speculations about Medvedev’s bid to second presidential term in office.