St. Petersburg’s Window to the West

St. Petersburg’s Window to the West

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 5 June 2017 St. Petersburg’s Window to the West Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, used the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum for political purposes again. In the face of the conflict with the West, removing Russia from such...
Moscow’s Diplomatic Wars

Moscow’s Diplomatic Wars

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 2 June 2017 Moscow’s Diplomatic Wars Russia’s relations with Central and Eastern European, as well as Balkan countries are looking increasingly gloomy. The list of countries Russia is in conflict with continues to grow. Crises on the...
Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine under Threat

Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine under Threat

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 1 June 2017 Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine under Threat The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is going on also on religious grounds. In Ukraine, two Orthodox Churches have been functioning side by side for years: Moscow Patriarchate, and...
The Red and White Tradition of Putin

The Red and White Tradition of Putin

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 1 June 2017 The Red and White Tradition of Putin Putin’s state has been characterized by ideological eclecticism. It draws on ideals and traditions from various periods of Russian history, however based on a single criterion: the goal is to build...
Putin’s Stalinist Guard

Putin’s Stalinist Guard

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 31 May 2017 Putin’s Stalinist Guard When establishment of the Russian National Guard was decided, references included American models. However, the Russian Guard rather resembles the Stalinist formation used to suppress behind-the-front areas...
The Succession Mystery

The Succession Mystery

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 31 May 2017 The Succession Mystery Vladimir Putin has still not revealed whether he will stand in the presidential elections in March 2018. His silence gives rise to a growing number of rumours about the president’s health and speculations that he...