Posts tagged as putin

Tipping point in Belarus: as Minsk turns to Moscow, it’s time to act

Friday, September 4, 2020

What Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin call interference from the West, “we see as simply calling a spade a spade”, writes Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. The crisis in Belarus goes far beyond the violent aftermath of its presidential election in August. For decades, under Alexander Lukashenko’s dictatorship, the country has witnessed successive waves of repression. With an opposition too weak and divided to overcome to the regime,…

Lithuanian president: EU asked Putin ‘to not use force in Belarus’

Thursday, August 20, 2020

EU leaders appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to not use force in Belarus, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said in an interview with LRT TV. Nausėda said mediation with the Russian president was necessary because the authoritarian leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, turned to Putin for support. “[EU leaders] predicted that this could happen, so we appealed to Putin to not use force and military means to resolve the situation…

How Russia rewrote its coronavirus outbreak to clear a path to resetting Putin’s presidential term clock

By Kevin Rothrock on Friday, July 3, 2020

More than a month ago, on May 26, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had overcome its first wave of coronavirus infections. That was more than four weeks ahead of the start of nationwide voting on constitutional amendments and the “zeroing out” of the president’s own term clock (potentially allowing him to serve in office until 2036). In the time remaining before the plebiscite, regions across the country reported uniform declines…

How does the Kremlin view the results of Russia’s constitutional plebiscite? Putin’s spokesman explains

Thursday, July 2, 2020

On July 1, Russia completed a nationwide plebiscite on constitutional amendments that include reforms to reset Vladimir Putin’s term clock, allowing him to run for another two terms in office. According to federal election officials, almost 78 percent of voters supported the amendments. Turnout was roughly 65 percent. Asked how the Kremlin views the results, spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the plebiscite a “triumph.” “It was easy to predict high interest…

A beach too far?

By Benas Gerdžiūnas on Friday, June 26, 2020

A temporary beach in a Vilnius square, complete with hipster fairy lights and quirky signs, has become  the latest battleground   for the country’s historical memory. The issue? It stands on what many politicians describe as hollowed ground for Lithuania’s independence struggles – against Tsarist Russia, Soviet Russia, and Nazi Germany. Vilnius mayor says the beach enables people to celebrate and experience freedom. Critics, meanwhile, say it degrades and makes…

Wagner mercenaries in Libya – Putin’s naive cannon fodder

By Augusts Augustiņš on Friday, June 12, 2020

The mentality of Russian soldiers of being mere cannon fodder has not changed since the times of Ivan the Terrible, and we can conclude this from what we have seen and read in mass media. If we objectively disregard the “heroic deeds” – made up by the Kremlin – of Russian soldiers during World War II, it becomes evident that on the battlefield a Russian soldier will follow the following…

Concern Troll is Concerned, Elbe Day Edition

By Thomas L. Knapp on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

On April 25, 2020, US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement commemorating the 75th anniversary of “Elbe Day” — the day, presaging the end of World War 2 in Europe, when Russian and US troops met near the German towns of Strehla and Torgau. The Wall Street Journal reports that this congenial interaction between the two presidents “stirs concern among” members of Congress and…

Authoritarian leaders face the truth, but Putin decides to aid power structures

By Zintis Znotiņš on Thursday, April 16, 2020

At the moment, everyone around the globe is talking about COVID-19. If there are any unrelated happenings, they never take center stage. Observing all of this, I can say just one thing – overall, Latvia is handling this challenge quite well. Naturally, none of us like restrictions, especially if they are imposed upon us suddenly and without a warning. However, compared to the rest of the world, particularly to European…

Lukashenko shows his teeth to Putin

By Zintis Znotiņš on Monday, March 16, 2020

Some time ago, I wrote about Russia’s attempts to use economic levers to force Belarus to submit to Putin’s demands, and many readers didn’t like it. It’s understandable – many Latvian commentators go out of their way to support the Kremlin’s attempts of interfering in the information space of Latvia. Remembering the article about the Kremlin’s instruments of economic leverage used to influence Ukraine and Belarus, it can be predicted…

Lithuania’s independence still rattles Vladimir Putin – opinion

By Konstantin Eggert on Friday, March 13, 2020

On March 11, 1990, Lithuania broke away from the Soviet Union. The event which started the demise of the Soviet empire still reverberates within the Kremlin, says DW’s Konstantin Eggert. The events in Lithuania triggered the USSR’s “black swan” moment and set off a chain of momentous events in the already troubled Soviet sphere of influence. On that day in March, the newly elected Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian Soviet…