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Does Russia have a future?. The state of the country. The news this week: April 6th. Government of President Bakiev overthrown in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Last but one of the “coloured revolutions” to end in fiasco (others: Ukraine and Georgia)

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does russia have a future

Does Russia have a future?

The state of the country

the news this week april 6th
The news this week: April 6th
  • Government of President Bakiev overthrown in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Last but one of the “coloured revolutions” to end in fiasco (others: Ukraine and Georgia)
  • Key country because of the US base serving forces in Afghanistan
  • Poor nation, mixed Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Russian population
the news this week april 7th
The news this week: April 7th
  • Vladimir Putin and Donald Tusk commemorate the dead of Katyn
  • “Resetting” Russian-Polish relations after hostility of Kaczynski brothers anti-Russian policies
  • Striving to erase differences over history
  • New assurances about supply of gas to Poland
  • Poland key to closer ties between Russia and the EU
  • Russia’s objective: closer economic ties, visa-free travel between Russia and the EU
the news this week april 7th4
The News this week: April 7th
  • President Medvedev in Slovakia, joint celebration of the liberation of Slovakia by Soviet forces in 1945
  • Part of the build-up to the 65th anniversary of VE day on May 9th
  • Russian charm offensive in Europe, piggy-backed on victory over Nazism: history as a weapon, but also a source of national solidarity
  • Baltic States – allied with the Nazis during war, feel isolated
the news this week april 8th
The News this week: April 8th
  • Medvedev and Obama sign new SALT treaty in Prague
  • Obama presses new agenda on sanctions on Iran re: atomic weapons
  • Partners agree to examine problem of ABMs
energy politics
Energy Politics
  • Energy politics: Ukraine’s game of chicken seems over with election of Viktor Yanukov as president
  • Russia has begun construction of direct gas pipeline “North Stream” to Germany through the Baltic,
  • Second direct pipeline “South Stream” to Balkans through the Black Sea
  • EU tries to develop alternative energy routes – e.g. through Turkey, bypassing both Russia and Ukraine
europe russia and eurasia
Europe, Russia and Eurasia
  • What are the borders of Russia?
  • Recognition of Abkhazia and S. Ossetia in 2008 means abandonment of strategy of legalism, upholding Helsinki accords
  • Could the Russian Federation break up?
  • Is the vision of Alexander Dugin – NATO / EU in the West, and a new Eurasian bloc in the East – the future?
  • Is Europe destined to be permanently divided along the civilizational fault-lines à la Huntington?
anarchy is the mother of order
Anarchy is the mother of order
  • Russian state based not on reason, but on the emotional bond between Russians
  • Semblance of order covers an anarchic society where everyone does what he wants
  • Instinctive hierarchical gathering around a strong leader
  • Macho comportment – “not afraid to die”
  • Fatalistic attitude: one cannot change anything
  • Obeying the law is “boring”!
uniting a multi ethnic country
Uniting a multi-ethnic country
  • The task: instill Russian patriotism but respect for the different minorities in the country
  • April 1st: religious instruction “Fundamentals of Religious Cultures and Secular Ethics” introduced in fourth grade
  • “Among the options are the basics of the four main religions – Orthodoxy, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism – and a general course on world religions and secular ethics.
  • Only the first lesson entitled “My Motherland – Russia” will be the same for all children.”
25 years later what has changed
25 years later – what has changed?
  • Russians today…
  • …can travel freely
  • …can start a business
  • …can read any books they want
  • …can go on the internet
  • …can study abroad
  • …can emigrate
  • …can buy a car or an apartment
  • …can have several children
work to be done
Work to be done
  • Stop terrorism threat in the North Caucasus
  • Combat corruption effectively: Transparency International Index
  • Improve the health care system
  • Counter alcoholism, drug taking and AIDS
  • Facilitate small businesses
  • Energy efficiency
  • Develop high tech sector
mikhail shemiakin s decorations for the nutcracker at the mariinka
Mikhail Shemiakin’s decorations for the Nutcracker at the Mariinka
  • Act 2, Pt 1
  • Act 2, Pt. 2
  • Act 2, Pt. 3
oleg kuvaev b 1967
Oleg Kuvaev (b. 1967)

Creator of Masyanya

Somehow (Как-нибудь)

10 Racoons (10 дохлых енотов)

Chicken (Курыцца)