Eastern Europe / Opinion

COMMENT: In Ukraine, property rights for me but not for thee

Christopher A. Hartwell of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) October 19, 2016

In October the Ukrainian government missed another chance to substantially advance free market reforms in the country, renewing a moratorium on sales of agricultural land until January 2018.

COMMENT: New Cold War or hollow clatter of new Russian sabres?

Nick Allen in Warsaw October 14, 2016

Russia's recent sabre rattling has invoked the spectre of military confrontation between the former Cold War adversaries.

STOLYPIN: Late Putinism – between limbo and the lightning bolt

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague October 12, 2016

This is the way of high politics under Putin: you either drift in limbo or are struck by the implacable and unpredictable lightning bolt from the heavens. Late Putinism isn’t working, but who will brave the lightning bolts to tell him?

ALACO DISPATCHES: Why Putin plans to shake up his security services

Christopher Poulton of Alaco October 11, 2016

The reported creation of an all-powerful intelligence agency may have been prompted by the chaotic state of the sector.

MACRO ADVISOR: Progress in Ukraine but can it continue?

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory October 10, 2016

The question is whether the solid progress achieved in the economy over the past 12 months can continue.

STOLYPIN: Russia’s imaginary enemy

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague October 6, 2016

What may seem like petulant antics actually reflects a difficult and dangerous underlying problem: Putin genuinely believes the West is out to get him.

BOOK REVIEW: New book goes behind the scenes of Russian espionage in Austria

Graham Stack in Berlin October 4, 2016

One of the arguments of Florian Horcicka’s excellent new book on contemporary spying in Austria is that Vienna is rapidly becoming a kind of espionage theme park.

COMMENT: Russia’s first 4 years in WTO has been a litany of disputes. What next?

Iana Dreyer of Borderlex September 30, 2016

Few new WTO member states as Russia have faced so much litigation in the world trade body so soon after they joined.

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