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Torsdag, 1. April 2011     0 comment(s)
Anaïs Marin
forskare - forskningsprogrammet EU:s östra grannskap och Ryssland
Top pictures: the photofits of the two suspects released by the Belarusian KGB on 12 April (www.kgb.by/press/inform/205.html)<br />Bottom pictures: a caricature of the latter, circulated on the Russian-speaking blogosphere (http://besttoday.ru/postimage/2/) Top pictures: the photofits of the two suspects released by the Belarusian KGB on 12 April (www.kgb.by/press/inform/205.html)
Bottom pictures: a caricature of the latter, circulated on the Russian-speaking blogosphere (http://besttoday.ru/postimage/2/)

The closed society and its enemies: conspiracy theories made in Belarus

In the absence of clear motives and a known mastermind, the 11 April blast in the Minsk metro, labelled as a terrorist attack by the authorities, bred numerous conspiracy theories. This trend tells a lot about the climate of doubt and uncertainty now prevailing in Belarus.

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Tisdag, 1. April 2011     0 comment(s)
Sinikukka Saari
Äldre forskare - forskningsprogrammet EU:s östra grannskap och Ryssland

Neuvostoajan monet, muuttuvat merkitykset

Heti Neuvostoliiton romahdettua neuvosto-etuliite leimasi kaikkea huonoa, vanhanaikaista ja heikkolaatuista, josta haluttiin päästä nopeasti eroon. Ajan kuluessa ja neuvostokokemuksen haalistuessa sana 'soviet' on kuitenkin saanut myönteisempiä merkityksiä.

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Torsdag, 1. Februari 2011     1 comment(s)
Anaïs Marin
forskare - forskningsprogrammet EU:s östra grannskap och Ryssland
A ballot box in Brest, Belarus, 19 December 2010. Picture: Anaïs Marin A ballot box in Brest, Belarus, 19 December 2010. Picture: Anaïs Marin

So powerless faced with post-election deadlocks

The past months saw the international community helpless to solve the power confiscation crisis in Ivory Coast and unable to obstruct the fraudulent re-election of a dictator in Belarus. Should we infer from these drawbacks that interference is passé?

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Måndag, 1. Januari 2011     0 comment(s)
Sinikukka Saari
Äldre forskare - forskningsprogrammet EU:s östra grannskap och Ryssland

Dmitri Medvedev – lintu vai kala?

Onko presidentti Medvedev liberaali visionääri ja päämäärätietoinen uudistaja, vai naiivi ja hyväntuulinen hahmo, jonka suurin vahvuus on harmittomuus?

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Tisdag, 1. November 2010     0 comment(s)
Sinikukka Saari
Äldre forskare - forskningsprogrammet EU:s östra grannskap och Ryssland

Kaikki itäiset kansalaisyhteiskunnat – yhtykää!

EU:n itäisen kumppanuuden kansalaisyhteiskuntafoorumi tuo yli kaksisataa järjestöaktiivia Berliiniin tämän viikon lopulla. Onko foorumi vain EU:n sponsoroima leirikoulutyyppien tapahtuma vai voisiko foorumilla olla ihan oikeasti jotain merkitystä?

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Måndag, 1. Oktober 2010     0 comment(s)
Arkady Moshes
programdirektör – forskningsprogrammet EU:s östra grannskap och Ryssland

Losing Russia, part II: losing Ukraine

Analysts no longer hide their concerns about the future of Ukraine’s democracy. Within several months that have passed since Viktor Yanukovich’s election as Ukraine’s president there were enough warnings telling that the earlier achieved standards will not necessarily be preserved.

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Måndag, 1. September 2010     2 comment(s)
Sinikukka Saari
Äldre forskare - forskningsprogrammet EU:s östra grannskap och Ryssland

Rikos ja rangaistus - eli kuka jallittaa ja ketä?

Lakia sovelletaan Venäjällä poliittisten tarpeiden mukaan. Ulkomaiset toimijat saattavat tulla vedetyksi mukaan oikeuden kaapuun pukeutuneeseen poliittiseen peliin tajuamatta itse mistä oikeasti on kysymys.

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Onsdag, 1. Maj 2010     0 comment(s)
Arkady Moshes
programdirektör – forskningsprogrammet EU:s östra grannskap och Ryssland

Russia-Ukraine: business is business, and what this actually means

Russian-Ukrainian relations are now back to normal. That means that the sides disagree.

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Fredag, 1. April 2010     0 comment(s)
Igor Torbakov
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Crafting a common history for post-Soviet Eurasia?

The perennial urge to use historical scholarship, among other things, as a kind of glue for what has now come to be known as post-Soviet Eurasia leads to a larger question: Is “Eurasia” merely a handy way of describing the “post-Soviet space”? Or does it have a larger and deeper meaning somehow being intimately connected with the notion of “Russia” and with what some tend to call the “Russian civilization” or the “Russian world”?

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Tisdag, 1. Mars 2010     0 comment(s)
Arkady Moshes
programdirektör – forskningsprogrammet EU:s östra grannskap och Ryssland

Belarus: Avenue of Independence

For a few years already the main street of Minsk has been called the Avenue of Independence. Since this is the major artery linking the city with its international airport and, most importantly, the Moscow highway, renaming of the street was an unmistakable signal to the external world about Belarus’s priority – to be viewed as a truly independent country, definitely friendly towards Russia, but no less definitely separate from it.

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