From Minsk to the West: four messages

Zaur Shiriyev

The past week has seen two important summits hosted in the Belarusian capital that is Minsk: the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council (EEC), and a meeting of the Commonwealth Independent States' (CIS) heads of state.These meetings have sent messages that are resonating across the post-Soviet area.

Russia demands Ukraine payment, raising fears of new gas war

Reuters, Today's Zaman

Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom demanded Ukraine pay an overdue gas bill urgently on Tuesday, raising fears of a new "gas war" and increasing pressure on Kiev as it tries to build ties with Europe.

Why Russians Still Don't Hate Communism


*James W. Carden served as an advisor to the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission at the State Department from 2011-2012.
Last week Russia’s Public Opinion Foundation released the results of a survey in which the respondents were asked to share their views of life in the former Soviet Union. Almost two-thirds of those interviewed viewed communism in a favorable light.

Muslim Russia?

By Daniel Pipes

The stabbing death on Oct. 10 of an ethnic Russian, Yegor Shcherbakov, 25, apparently by a Muslim from Azerbaijan, led to anti-migrant disturbances in Moscow, vandalism and assaults, and the arrest of 1,200, and brought a major tension in Russian life to the fore.

Hitting a BRIC Wall , Brazil Russia India China Economics

Samuel Rines, The National Interest

When Jim O’Neill christened Brazil, Russia, India, and China the ‘BRICs’ in 2001, the composition of the global economy was in the process of shifting away from the West to the new guard. But now these economies are stumbling.

Reports of Russia’s death are exaggerated

By Spengler

Since the fall of communism in 1991, Washington consistently underestimated Russia. American policy in consequence has crashed and burned repeatedly: in the Ukraine, where the American-backed "Orange Revolution" of 2004 collapsed in favor of an administration friendly to Moscow; in 2008, when America backed Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's attempt to incorporate Russian-majority provinces on Georgia's borders; and in 2013, when Russia trumped American in the Middle East and took the diplomatic lead in the Syrian chemical weapons crisis.

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