Karen Dawisha: Signs of rift within Putin's kleptocracy
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Back when the future president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, was still working at the Mayor's Office of Saint Petersburg, shiny new Mercedes cars were not quite as ubiquitous on the streets of the city as they are now. However, there were two parked in the yard of a newly renovated building that was to be converted to South Africa's consulate.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's statements about armed fighters allegedly trained in Lithuania and Poland are aimed at warning future protesters and justifying possible repressions against them.
Poland's decision not to buy electricity generated at the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) under construction in Belarus confirms the Lithuanian stance that the utility threatens the whole region, says President Dalia Grybauskaitė.
Poland became Lithuania's first ally in its efforts to stop the construction of the Russian state corporation Rosatom's nuclear power plant in Belarus when it stated its intentions not to purchase electricity from the facility under construction in Astravyets, just 50 kilometers from Vilnius, Lithuanian politicians and experts said on Monday.