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In a surprise move, clearly aimed at bolstering his own personal power and security, President Vladimir Putin has announced the formation of a Russian National Guard. The new entity is to be created within the Ministry of the Interior (MVD) and its mandate will be to fight terrorism and organized crime. This, however, is a mere facade. ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Bubbling insurgencies are likely to loom in former Soviet states as Russia – struggling with its economic crisis - becomes less able to fund their regimes. President Vladimir Putin will have to take a hard look at the Kremlin’s commitments to see whether it can continue to finance troubled areas in the Caucasus and breakaway provinces, and also sustain both Crimea ...
The nature of the crisis within and around Ukraine is beginning to change. Kiev has no choice but to engage in a painful process of reforms as a prerequisite for its viability and continued international support. Negotiations on statehood and federalisation are pending, and an enduring ceasefire and Russian acceptance of the Donbass republics as part of the federat...
Dr. Uwe Nerlich
The former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has called on Vladimir Putin not to seek a third term as president. Mr Gorbachev joined the swell of protests over claims that Prime Minister Putin’s United Russia party unfairly won seats in the December 2011 parliamentary election. And in a public show of outrage he called for fresh elections and for Mr Putin to resign. ...