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Statehood of South Ossetia

The leadership of South Ossetia has announced a necessity to call a referendum on joining Russia. Meanwhile, the Republic of South Ossetia and Russian Federation have already signed an alliance and integration treaty, intergovernmental agreements to the Big Treaty are being signed. The referendum issue regarding direct joining Russia…

21 articles. Updated May 29th, 2018 11:55 PM

Abkhazia's Way

Up to 2008, Abkhazia had been an unrecognized state. After the Georgian aggression against South Ossetia and the five-day war in August 2008, Abkhazia was officially recognized by the Russian Federation. Abkhazian politics has always been marked by outbursts resulting in unexpected outcomes. Economically, Abkhazia is much dependent…

28 articles. Updated May 29th, 2018 11:55 PM

The Balkans: Tinderbox in Europe

The collapse of Yugoslavia marked by numerous ethnic conflicts turned to be one of the most notable landmarks while the new global order was taking shape. The NATO aggression against Serbia, overthrow of the legitimate government and alienation of Kosovo followed by recognition of its independence seemed to be showing complete submission…

57 articles. Updated May 25th, 2018 08:36 PM

Disintegration of Ukraine

Once prospering Ukraine has turned into a country living on grants. The new leadership that came to power through anti-state armed coup in 2014 took a course for “European integration” and confrontation with Russia with the help of the United States. This sparked large-scale protests in the southeast of Ukraine, and those protests…

130 articles. Updated May 24th, 2018 04:32 PM

Unfreezing of Nagorno-Karabakh

In early April 2016, the situation in Nagorno Karabakh escalated sharply. The Azerbaijani army units violated the years long ceasefire and took a number of strategic positions along the line of confrontation. Armored vehicles, heavy and reactive artillery, and helicopters were used in the fighting. The status quo was violated when…

89 articles. Updated May 22nd, 2018 06:01 PM

The Syrian Knot

In 2011, the Arab Spring brought a war to the previously safe Syria. Due to its strategic location of the country, major geopolitical regional and global actors turned to be involved in it. The USA and Middle-East monarchies wanted to replace the legitimate Syrian president Bashar al-Assad by any means, so terror groups took the…

106 articles. Updated May 14th, 2018 12:46 PM

Belarus: The decline of Lukashenko's era

In recent years, Belarus, an official ally of Russia, has been pursuing a policy sometimes contradicting to Russia’s national interests. Refusal to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia's independence, the stance on the Crimean issue, economic and military cooperation with Ukraine, encouragement of nationalism inside the country,…

36 articles. Updated April 25th, 2018 02:00 PM

The Island of Crimea

In March 2014, Crimea has “returned to home harbor,” into Russia. Further developments have shown that that the process of coming back is not that smooth and swift as one could wish. Nevertheless, problems accumulated in the peninsula under Ukraine are being settled slowly but steadily. While old problems are solved, new ones occur.…

17 articles. Updated April 10th, 2018 11:59 AM

Russians in the Baltics: No right for rights

Russian communities are quite significant in numbers in the Baltic states. However, since the beginning of 1990s Russians there have been second-class people. They are oppressed through persecution of their native language, closure of Russian schools, deprivation of civil rights. Parties advancing interests of national minorities…

10 articles. Updated April 4th, 2018 07:33 AM

The birth of Kurdistan

Will the dozens of millions of Kurds manage to win a right for their own state? What territories will it cover if they win? Or, will be the Kurds dominated by more independent and powerful rivals?

30 articles. Updated February 16th, 2018 11:18 AM

Anti-corruption campaign in Russia

The anti-corruption campaign in Russia has been implemented for several years already; however, the situation still resembles the many-headed Hydra: new heads grow immediately after the law enforcement cuts away a head. It lays reasonable grounds to assume that the fight with corruption is a way of inside competition between the…

1 article. Updated October 31st, 2017 05:13 PM

Brexit: Divorce with EU English-style

In 2016, Great Britain had a referendum on exit from the European Union (Brexit). 51.9% of the voters spoke for exiting the EU, while 48.1% would like to continue being part of the union. It caused a stormy reaction both inside and outside the kingdom. The EU is not happy to see Britain go: first, Brussels urged the UK to pay 50-60…

4 articles. Updated June 3rd, 2017 07:46 PM

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