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June 22

... watching old Soviet films “about the War”. I can’t tell you how many times we must have watched Secret Agent, The Shield and the Sword , the cinematic epic Liberation and the Polish series Four Tank-Men and a Dog that was super-popular in the USSR at the time. My friends and I would “play war” outside (scenes that were probably played out in all of Moscow’s streets at the time), and there was nothing worse than having to be on the side of the “Nazis.” Larisa Smirnova: World War ...


Part II. The Russian Dilemma: Who is to Blame and What Should Be Done? Path Dependence

To read Part I follow the link.Image: 'Soldiers of the Revolution' Vladimir Kholuyev Long-term Path Dependence In the previous part of the article, the “genetic” path dependence and its potential impact on the Russian development trajectory was discussed. Meanwhile, it is also important to analyse another version of the path dependence problem to have a clear understanding of what type of path Russia might have been following. Douglas North, an American economist, co-recipient with Robert Fogel of...


The Implications of Post-Soviet De Facto States in Contemporary World Politics

From a humanist and democratic point of view, it makes sense to recognize these “de facto” states on a case-by-case basis as legitimate, for the sake of egalitarian representation. When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, the disintegration of a centralized nation into individual nation states did not occur without problems arising. Due to various issues about national and ethnic identities, various “de facto” states formed-nations who have sovereignty over their territory, but are not recognized by most...


The “Non-Deep” Causes of the Disintegration of the Soviet Union

... national unification, and adherence to or betrayal of socialism does not mean a choice between unification and disintegration, nor does it necessarily lead to the breakup of a country. Andrey Kortunov: Only Now Do We See the Real Disintegration of the USSR So, attributing the collapse of the Soviet Union to political treachery makes no sense in theory or in practice. The tsarist Russia was the originator of the Russian empire, and the Soviet Union was the successor of the Russian empire. There was ...


Securely knotting Indo-Russian ties

... Swaran Singh, had just signed the Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation. This treaty reflected the geopolitical landscape of that historical moment. On the one side, the agreement revealed, once again, how deep the rift between the USSR and China was. On the other one, India was looking for a hegemonic ally in the midst of the Bangladesh Liberation War.The Indian Express Archive With the collapse of the Soviet Union, it took two years for Boris Yeltsin to make a step forward. Only ...


Isolation Can Only Be Splendid

... over the past year have been the deepening split in relations with the West, a more outspoken approach to interaction with China, and attempts to create a new system of relations with Russia’s neighbours: the countries that emerged from the former USSR. The latter can be interpreted as a distancing from them, to some extent. The acute conflict between Russia and the West is the product of a massive change in the balance of power at the global level and the evolution of Russia itself 30 years after ...


Only Now Do We See the Real Disintegration of the USSR

... I’m looking very much forward hearing your thoughts. First, let’s go back in history. If I remember correctly, you were able to travel to the United States as part of your postgraduate studies at the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences, an opportunity not many students in the USSR would have had at the time. What were your impressions of this US on this trip? What surprised you the most? What perceptions you had of the US and US-Soviet relations were confirmed ...


Separatism factor in world politics: how should the world community react on separatist sentiments?

... landscape change not only of a state, but of a region or the world as a whole. The dissolution of Yugoslavia and Kosovo’s demands for autonomy, the split of Yugoslavia, separation of the satellite states of the Soviet Union and the disintegration of the USSR – these brought a big change in a system of international relations, which was not made by peaceful means only (including violent conflict in certain cases). However, despite the previous examples in history that show the struggle and negative ...


Updating the USSR: A Test for Freedom

Thirty years is a sufficient period to assess the results of the independent development of the countries that emerged from the republics of the former USSR Thirty years is a sufficient period to assess the results of the independent development of the countries that emerged from the republics of the former USSR. Now the period of their growing up can be considered complete; ahead is an independent ...


Four Myths About Russia

In the past couple of years, Russia has been thrust into the American political spotlight like never before, earning itself both a reputation and mythology that posits Russia as the ultimate James Bond villain. At the heart of this mythology are misconceptions about Russia's aims, goals, and intentions that originate from an American media culture that is starved of intellectual diversity when it comes to Russia. That is, Russia is tarred as a pariah, an arch-nemesis of the United States, and the...


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    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
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    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
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    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
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