Ukrainian president Yanukovich, on a three-day visit to Beijing, has everything to encourage hope of a Chinese bail-out from his country’s crisis after rejecting the European Union’s terms for ‘association’. NEW
Much remains to be known about President Yanukovich’s reasons for dropping the EU association agreement due to be signed in Vilnius at the end of this week, but a failed bid to get Brussels to exert pressure on behalf of an IMF loan was one of them. NEW
Though the story is far from finished, the confusion following the Kirov court’s verdict on Alexei Navalny makes President Putin look either politically inept or deprived of overall control of state affairs by one of his own creations. We continue our critique of the Investigative Committee.
For years, Russian authorities closed their eyes on the question of migration because the economy needed foreign workers, but also because the immigrants were mostly from CIS states. Today, they are having to face the resulting problems.
Georgia’s involvement with Chechen fighters is nothing new, but the connection has regained attention since last year’s parliamentary defeat of President Saakashvili’s coalition, with the war in Syria and, most recently, Chechen involvement in the Boston terrorist bombing.
Reacting to unfamiliar protests, President Putin has floated the idea of a ‘social contract’ with which to engage his critics in a working political relationship. But who is he thinking of? And who would represent the opposition in such a deal?