Ukraine and Beyond

By Alexander Likhotal GENEVA – The Ukraine crisis has evolved from very acute to chronic. The main question is will Russia dare to invade mainland Ukraine? this has been answered and the answer is: Not now. So, now what? Obviously, the Kremlin did not expect the West’s firm and united Read more…

Can Ukraine Be Saved?Can Ukraine Be Saved?

By Yevhen Bystrytsky KYIV – Acrid black smoke hangs in the air and stings the eye in much of central Kyiv, where state repression is dampening hope of resolving Ukraine’s political crisis. With a truce between the government and the opposition shattered only hours after it came into effect, and Read more…

Russia’s Last Act?Russia’s Last Act?

By Jan Winiecki RZESZOW – With the Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, Russia is again in the global spotlight – and President Vladimir Putin is taking the opportunity to present his country as a resurgent power. But, beneath the swagger and fanfare lie serious doubts about Russia’s future. In fact, Read more…

The Sultan of SochiThe Sultan of Sochi

By Aryeh Neier NEW YORK – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pardon of the former owner of Yukos Oil Company, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and his declaration of an amnesty that has freed Greenpeace activists and two members of the punk rock/protest group Pussy Riot are welcome gestures. But that is all they Read more…

Putin’s LawPutin’s Law

By Andrei Malgin FLORENCE – Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing increasing disdain for international law – a stance that is perhaps nowhere clearer than in his government’s continuing military support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. But, in view of Putin’s authoritarian rule at home, his perception of international Read more…