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Vladimir SOCOR
Moldova’s recent presidential election has been widely stereotyped by international media as a geopolitical contest between a democratic West and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. But in fact, that presumption has been disproved by all players, internal and external, in their respective messages about the just-concluded electoral race.
19/11/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Geopolitics
Vladimir SOCOR
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian signed, over a video conference, on November 9, an armistice agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Mediated by Russia between the two belligerents, this armistice dramatically changes the situation on the ground, establishing “new realities” for many years to come.
14/11/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Geopolitics
Vladimir SOCOR
The Kremlin is conducting a regime-change operation in Belarus, the first-ever Russian operation of this type in its “near abroad.”
For now, the Belarusian authorities are holding out confidently against regime change on both fronts: against the domestic opposition and against Russia’s initial regime-change project.
09/10/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Asymmetrical Threats
Anna BORSHCHEVSKAYA
Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been ruling Belarus with an iron hand since 1994. His dictatorial leadership, frequent violations of human rights in Belarus and repeated election rigging by Lukashenka’s regime pushed an increasingly desperate population over the edge. The last electoral fraud by Lukashenka’s regime - the August 9 presidential elections - triggered mass protests largely labelled as a “colour revolution”.
18/09/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Various
Vladimir SOCOR
What looks to the world as another “color revolution,” this time in Belarus after the August 9 presidential election, outgrew and overwhelmed an initial Russian operation against the disobedient President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
Regime change remains Moscow’s political objective in Belarus. This is defined as easing out President Alyaksandr Lukashenka with his assent, as part of an internal constitutional settlement.
12/09/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Geopolitics
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN
The 30th of September 2019 marked four years since President Vladimir Putin approved the Russian military intervention in Syria. The decision was officially based on the request of the Syrian government for military assistance against “foreign conspiracies” - mostly Western - that threatened the independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Syria, as well as against “domestic terrorism and Islamist radical Jihad supported by foreign powers and forces”.
21/10/2019 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Geopolitics