Russia and the Near Abroad
Great Decisions 2015 | Topic 1
If Putin’s Russia isn’t afraid to take an aggressive stance against Europeanization in Ukraine, what does that mean for the rest of Russia’s neighbors?
As calls for closer ties with the EU failed to be met, Ukrainians took to the streets in in November 2013. As the movement later known as the Euromaidan, or “Euro Square,” pulled western Ukraine closer to its European neighbors, another powerful force threatened to tear away the country’s eastern half: Russia. Putin’s pushback against European expansionism has the West wondering: If Putin’s Russia isn’t afraid to take an aggressive stance against Europeanization in Ukraine, what does that mean for the rest of Russia’s neighbors?
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David Hoffman, a contributing editor at the Washington Post, looks at the end of the Cold War arms race and its legacy today.
Produced by Vice, "Russian Roulette" is a series of reports covering Russians incursion into Ukraine. The dispatches, as their called, are short and can all be found online for free.
David Remnick, author of Lenin's Tomb, looks at dissent and human rights in this longform article for the New Yorker.
An excellent longform article on gay rights in Putin's Russia and the impacts the country's new anti-gay laws have had on the community.
(Available to The New York Review of Books subscribers only.) This article looks at the siloviki, or "strong men," of Russia, who have become the bedrock of Putin's regime.