How Euromaidan altered the fabric of Russian society

Euromaidan wasn’t about Russia. Or perhaps I should say it wasn’t entirely about Russia. It was about Ukraine: its poverty, endemic corruption and police brutality – a massive outcry of the neglected population, which could no longer take abuse. But as soon as there was an uptick in violence it became evident – much as…

Cute, but fictional: opposition vs. the Russian state

The jury is still out on who won the information war over Ukraine. The actual battleground seems to have been Europe, as America, predictably, won in America, Russia won in Russia and the rest of the world didn’t care either way. I admit to having fought on the side of Russia, and in no small…

Testing the boundaries of Russia’s goodwill

The crisis in Ukraine, which as of May 2nd 2014 we may well be justified in referring to as civil conflict, ignited inside Russia a public debate of enormous intensity. Op-ed pages in the press, television talk shows, radio broadcasts and blogs feature an endless stream of experts, representatives of political and cultural elites as…

Ukraine: the Land of Squandered Opportunities

Ukraine these days appears to be some sort of a magnet for every single infernal impulse out there. Each new day reveals yet another tear in the canvas of its statehood and we’ve arrived at a spot where everybody, be they pro-West or pro-East in this epic tale of failure, agrees: chances of survival are…

PACE Resolution 1988: Accuracy, Relevance, Implications

In the aftermath of World War II, having narrowly escaped irreversible obliteration, Western powers focused a considerable amount of their efforts on creating international platforms for dialogue. To a regular person, possessing common sense, it seems the horrors of the first half of the 20th century should have been enough to forever destroy our appetite…

Kharkov: Ukrainian Manifesto

Ukrainian Manifesto: “We have been free and independent for the past 23 years. We aren’t slaves, we aren’t scum, we are almost Europeans. Isn’t this the best thing that could have happened to us? We abolished all constraints. We freed ourselves from bloody tyrants, from bloody history. From everything that used to bind us with…