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(RU) (EN) The silence of the lambs

(RU) (EN) 02.09.2014

Volodymyr Yermolenko

Why the West should stop being angelic towards Putin

For Vladimir Putin, the West’s tolerance is weakness and dialogue is failure to impose force. Because KGB-styled Russia believes that either you devour, or you are devoured. Europe’s “silence of the lambs”, writes Volodymyr Yermolenko, is not a proper response to Russia’s war.
Throughout its modern history Russia continuously tried to play a double game: to look “civilized” to please the West, but also look “sufficiently barbaric” to scare it. Combining these alternatives, it often sculpted an image of a “good barbarian”, a “barbarian-you-can-accept”.

(RU) (EN) Putin Ends the Interregnum

(RU) (EN) 28.08.2014
Lilia Shevtsova

Vladimir Putin’s increasingly reckless interventions in Ukraine should force the West to reevaluate everything it thought it knew about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the past two decades of Western policy on Russia.
When the Gaza War and the threat from ISIS pulled global attention away from Ukraine, you could almost hear the sighs of relief emanating from the Western capitals: Finally, something to distract us from this Eurasian conundrum! This isn’t to say that Western leaders don’t understand that the war in Ukraine has implications for both the international order and the West’s own internal workings. By now they appreciate the stakes (or at least they ought to); they just haven’t been able to come up with an answer.

Фашизм, Росія та Україна

20/03/2014 Тімоті Снайдер Першими, хто вийшов на Майдан у листопаді минулого року з протестом проти режима президента Віктора Януковича, були студенти. Це були українці, яким було що втрачати; молоді люди, які інтуїтивно вважали себе європейцями. Вони бажали собі європейського життя в європейській Україні. Чимало з них за політичними вподобаннями були лівими, а дехто – й […]

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