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.
Lithuania's government on Thursday handed a note to the Belarusian Embassy over the latest incident at the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus close to the Lithuanian border. Vilnius has also asked Brussels for involvement of the European Union (EU) in the matter.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.
The only way to ensure safety at the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant, which is under construction just 20km from the Lithuanian border, is shutting down the project, says Nikolai Ulasevich of the Belarusian opposition United Civil Party.
Incidents at Astravyets power plant, a nuclear facility that Belarus is building close to its border with Lithuania, show that Vilnius has grounds to be concerned about the project's safety, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Tuesday.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.
Another incident has been reported at the construction site of Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant in Belarus. Lithuanian officials complain that Belarusian authorities do not share information about incidents at the nuclear facility just 50km from Vilnius.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.
Around 1,500 young people from across Lithuania are heading to Krakow for World Youth Day 2016 celebrations, which will culminate in a meeting with Pope Francis.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.