This article belongs to Pax Russica series    Putin was, as usual, ill-mannered and rude… At his annual press conference in December 2015, Vladimir Putin used boorish language when referring to Turkish government. Asked about a third-party involvement in the current Russian-Turkish relations deteriorated by the shootdown of Russian Su-24, Putin remarked “…if someone in the...

  Maksym Khylko, political expert from Ukraine talks about Ukraine`s view of political developments around Russia, as well as political intrigues in Ukraine.   Interviewer: Rusif Huseynov      Huseynov: Lately Russia`s image has been badly hit both economically and militarily: Oil prices see decline almost every day and Russian jet was downed by Turkey, a NATO member. What...

This article belongs to Pax Russica series    Iosif Kobzon's name was once amongst the most popular singers in the former Soviet Union. The veteran performer, who is known as the “Russian Sinatra” in the West and had his name entered into the Book of Records of Russia as the most decorated artist in the country's history during the 20th century, had maintained a positive reputation...

The recent proposal put forward by Gazprom to extend its gas delivery capacity to Western Europe, calling it “The Northern Stream-II”, has aroused a great deal of controversy in the Western political circles. Bearing in mind that the first Northern Stream was largely undertaken bilaterally by Russia and Germany, much to the detriment of the countries on the EU’s eastern flank, as well as...

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