SOCHI, Russia - Vladimir Putin's annual appearance before the Valdai "discussion club," a gathering of international analysts and journalists who follow Russia, is his chance to sound off on a global stage. Last week, with sanctions and dropping oil prices choking Russia's economy and stoking Mr. Putin's anger, the predictable target was his bête noire, America.
"Ukrainian Forces Used Cluster Bombs, Evidence Indicates" (news article, Oct. 21) raised serious accusations against Ukrainian defense forces. They deserve the deepest investigation - for which Ukraine is not only open, but also eager to participate.
Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don't seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.
On 26 Oct., Ukraine held early parliamentary elections, which were won jointly by the Popular Front of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the President's eponymous Petro Poroshenko Bloc.
An article on Lenta.ru this week about the ethnic backgrounds of Russia's 200 wealthiest businessmen, one that could have been expected to spark anger among Russians at minorities including Jews, has in fact called attention to something else: As in Soviet times, many who call themselves ethnic Russians in fact are members of other nations.
The Russian media landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, and much of that change has occurred only in the last eight months. Domestically, Russian-language print and broadcast media outlets have been dramatically reorganized in order for the Kremlin to exert greater control over content.
He's the macho former spy with a penchant for violence who yearns for the days of the Soviet Union. And Russians love him for it. But have Vladimir Putin's secret missions in Europe crossed the line?
Pro-Western parties swept Ukraine’s parliamentary elections on Oct. 26, which isn't a great surprise given that not that many people in the more pro-Russian eastern part of the country voted. Turnout was low in areas of Eastern Ukraine that are under Kyiv's control and didn't happen at all in the self-declared independent republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
The ruble-to-dollar exchange rate dominated headlines this week, falling to a record low of 42 rubles to the US dollar. Considering the extraordinary events of recent months, why would anyone but a historian take any interest in looking back to the spring and summer of 1991 to consider what it can teach us about world order, international security, Russia's history and its path to development?
On Oct. 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Ukrainian World War II veterans on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of their country from the Nazis. Putin called on them to remember how they had fought shoulder to shoulder with the Russians against the Nazis.
Lately the Czech Republic has become one of the weaker links in Europe's efforts to punish Russia for its interference in Ukraine. For months, critics, especially in Poland and the Baltic states, have accused Czech leaders of insufficient vigilance against Russian aggression. Now one of the country's own intelligence services is doing the same. In an annual report released Oct. 27th, the Czech Republic's counterintelligence agency, known by the Czech-language acronym BIS, accuses governing elites of "asymmetric indifference to the issue of security risks from Russia and China".
Ukrainians took to the polls on Oct. 26, casting ballots in a parliamentary election that many are calling a milestone - a step from the country’s muddled political past into a West-oriented future. At the same time, however, words of caution are plenty, with observers both within and outside of Ukraine anxiously looking at the protracted conflict in the east, the government’s empty coffers and the corruption-prone political and legal systems in urgent need of reform.
The 2014 snap elections to the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) that took place on Oct. 26, 2014 will likely go down in history as a watershed election in Ukraine's post-Soviet history. For the first time, instead of a closely divided legislature with pro-Russian and pro-European parties nearly equally matched, the October 2014 election produced a parliament where pro-European parties will hold a dominant majority.
Ukrainians have voted for new Pro-European parliament of Ukraine. This comes from my own observations and results of the parliament elections that were held on Oct. 26th 2014. The Ukrainian society managed to vote for a change in all the regions of Ukraine during a time of war and this brings hope for a peaceful scenario for Ukraine.
On Sunday, Ukrainian voters took to the polls and overwhelmingly elected a parliament that's pro-Europe and full of anti-corruption watchdogs. Investigative journalists, some of the country's leading technologists, and revolutionary protesters-turned-war heroes are now members of parliament. For the first time in nearly a century, Ukraine's government will not include the communist party - a tool of the Kremlin.
Just months ago, Donetsk's airport was a gleaming testament to Ukraine's hopeful future. Now it is a dystopian burned-out hulk where intense fighting continues despite a nearly eight-week-old cease-fire.
The Ukrainian parliamentary elections have confirmed the country's pro-European orientation and drawn into government a wide range of representatives of the social forces that brought about the Maidan revolution earlier this year. Not much remains of Ukraine's old politics. The pro-Russian parties have been all but extinguished. The influence of the oligarchs, whose capture of economic and political power was at the root of the corruption that bedevilled Ukraine after independence, has been diminished.
It is easy to forget that Russia hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi only in February. The Olympics were a pet project of President Vladimir Putin, who played a crucial role in securing them for Russia and also ensuring the success of the massive project of turning Sochi - a dilapidated Soviet resort town - into an Olympic host city.
Speaking at the Valdai Club in Sochi recently, President Vladimir Putin easily dismissed the slogan, "No Putin - No Russia," put forward on the eve of the event by his deputy chief of staff Vyacheslav Volodin. By doing so, Putin showed that he is a "European" leader and not a Central Asian "president for life," contrary to the wishes of officials like Volodin.