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.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė told journalists in Riga earlier this month (February 2017), “We are worried about the Zapad 2017 exercise, during which concentrations of extremely large and aggressive forces will demonstrate [Russian] preparations for war with the West”.
The unsanctioned protest rallies that kicked off in Minsk and other cities of Belarus against the so-called unemployment tax give more capacities to the Belarusian opposition, one of the country's opposition leaders Anatoly Lebedko has said in Vilnius.
Lithuania will seek that sanctions for Russia are continued until it "withdraws from the illegally occupied territory of Ukraine," Lithuania's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, marking three years of occupation of Crimea.
Stopping the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus through legal means is hardly possible, but arguments of European integration could be used for this purpose, Romas Švedas, a member of the Implementation Committee of the UN Espoo Convention, said on Monday evening.