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  • RUSSIA AND ITS ENERGY MONOPOLIES

    I n 1990s, due to the lack of economic independence, Russia was not able to play an active role in international affairs. The country was highly dependent on donations from the United States and Europe.1 Oil production had dropped by 50% after the collapse of communism. As much as Russia was willing to repair the

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  • MY DYING MOTHER: RUSSIA’S DEPOPULATION CRISIS AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

    Our dear Mother Russia is sick and dying. Power remains as centralized as ever, and the public is still unable to rely on this centrality for security and health benefits. The inability of the Russian government to address the issues surrounding the health of its country has resulted in an unprecedented health crisis never seen

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  • RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT’S “SELECTIVE” ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN THE ENERGY SECTOR

    At a session of the Russian Governmental Commission on the Electric Energy Development, Putin has attacked upon management of the state-run energy companies, with affiliated private firms, as a rule, which have deduced state assets from the country. However, many experts believe that “small fries” will suffer, and Putin’s “elite” remains untouched, i.e. “struggle” isn’t

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  • PERFECT NUCLEAR STORM WAITING TO HAPPEN IN RUSSIA’S NORTHWEST REGION

    The large-scale nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has acted as a wakeup call for the international community, engendering deep reflection on the consequences of using nuclear energy. The maintenance and servicing of nuclear plants either currently in operation or under construction, and the dismantling of those already decommissioned or on their

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  • AZERBAIJAN AND THE IRAN CRISIS: STUCK IN THE MIDDLE

    The crisis between Iran and the Western powers continues to escalate. Sanctions, wargames, and the ‘covert war’ being conducted against the Iranian nuclear programme has heightened tensions and raised the risk of a regionally destabilising war. Most analysis has focused on the implications of the crisis for the Persian Gulf and the Arab world. Tensions

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  • Putin’s ‘Eurasian Union’: Geopolitical Repositioning

    On 24th of September 2011, during the United Russia congress in Moscow Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ended all the speculations on his candidacy for the Presidency of Russia. Putin announced that he will run for president next March in presidential elections that could extend his rule until 2024. Vladimir Putin served as President of

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  • The Mistral Warship Deal: What’s in for France and Russia?

    After two years of negotiations, Russia and France signed a treaty of military cooperation on June 17, 2011 under which two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships, together with their full technological complement, will be sold to Russia. This deal marked the largest transfer of sensitive military equipment from one country to another in history. The agreement

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  • Russia-Georgia Relations: Among Illusions and Visions

    Leaving public opinion aside, the leadership of all post-Soviet countries enjoy reasonably amicable relations with Russia The exception is Georgia, whose ongoing conflict with Russia is recognized as the most acute across the entire post-Soviet territory. Following the August War in 2008, Russia and Georgia are now officially enemies: direct diplomatic relations between the two

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