Russia vs. Belarus: Money for Sovereignty?

by Tatyana Ivanova Russian President Vladimir Putin may be plotting to repeat the Crimean scenario in Belarus. At the beginning of the year, Putin started talking about a deeper integration of Russia and Belarus. This was a surprise even to… Continue Reading  

Belarus: Still at War with Press and “Parasites”

by Tatyana Ivanova Belarus is the only member, aside from Russia, of the Union State. The two countries have a common customs area and a military treaty, but different financial systems, economics, governance and legislation. They also have similar approaches… Continue Reading  

Belarus Cracks Down on Growing Dissent

by Tatyana Ivanova In the face of demonstrations throughout the country that raise comparisons to the Ukrainian Euromaidan protests of 2014, Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko has ordered his security forces to “pick out” the organizers of protest actions “like raisins from… Continue Reading  

Is the CSTO Preparing for Peacekeeping in Syria?

by Joshua Kucera Russia’s post-Soviet security bloc, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, has held discussions with the United Nations about taking part in UN peacekeeping missions, an effort analysts said was likely made with Syria in mind. “We have agreed… Continue Reading  

Chernobyl: Thirty Years Later

by Tatyana Ivanova The thirtieth anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant took place at the end of last month. Considered the radiation disaster of the century because of its size and long-term consequences, Chernobyl has affected hundreds… Continue Reading