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Baltic cinema goes to Hollywood – Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan

With just 2 weeks left to the Oscar awards ceremony, Crossing the Baltic takes a look at the nominees from the Baltic rim. This week the focus is on Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan. by Mateusz Zatoński The past months have been a rewarding time for Baltic cinema. Many movies produced in the region made a splash in […]

Smoking in Russia – policy recommendations

Russia’s controversial involvement in the Ukrainian crisis in the last months has been labeled by many commentators as an attempt to take the attention of the Russian public away from the mounting internal problems of the country. One of the most serious of these problems has been since the last few decades the catastrophic health […]

Smoking in Russia – rationale for action

Russia’s controversial involvement in the Ukrainian crisis in the last months has been labeled by many commentators as an attempt to take the attention of the Russian public away from the mounting internal problems of the country. One of the most serious of these problems has been since the last few decades the catastrophic health […]

Lithuania – Smear campaign against the president or pre-election tactics?

Philipp Köker debates whether Russia’s recent smear campaign against the Lithuanian president might in fact help her future re-election Since Lithuania took over the six-month rotating European Union presidency on 1 July, the country and particularly president Dalia Grybauskaitė’s efforts to convince her Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovch to sign an EU association agreement at the […]

Cruising the Baltic – St. Petersburg

by Paolo Sorbello St. Petersburg and Tallinn – Getting into Russia can be a pain, mainly due to the onerous visa process. Even obtaining a tourist visa can be a bureaucratic nightmare and deters many from visiting the beautiful sights of the Eurasian lands. One way around it, unless you’re Argentinian and enjoy a visa free tourist entry […]

A Week in the Baltic (Sea Region)

Upon popular request we have introduced a weekly news update from the Baltic Sea Region. Every Sunday we will give an update of the news of the week on our specially created Baltic Bulletin. This week we are presenting you with a news roundup from Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Russia. Please follow the link: […]

Revisited: Russia and the Origins of the First World War

by Mateusz Zatonski Dominic Lieven’s Russia and the Origins of the First World War, first published in 1983, remains one of the classics in the historiography of the causes of WWI. At a lecture given at the London School of Economics on February 5th, Prof Lieven reviewed some of the hypotheses that informed his assessment of […]

Politics and social media: why Eastern Europe’s politicians are all atwitter

Politicians in Central and Eastern Europe are taking to Twitter in increasing numbers – but with mixed results, finds Philipp Köker. Since Barack Obama’s use of Twitter and other social media in his successful 2008 presidential campaign, more and more politicians (or their PR advisers) have discovered the power of delivering short, 140-character messages to […]

Putinism – An Ideology?

by Anna-Cara Keim Putinism is an expression widely used to describe the ruling style of Russia’s current president Vladimir Putin. This ruling style has been described as a guided democracy with a carefully managed economy resembling the rent-seeking oil economies of the Persian Gulf. Moreover, gas and energy have also become Russia’s defining foreign policy […]

Premature Mortality: Europe’s Persisting Iron Curtain

by Mateusz Zatonski While the political Iron Curtain dividing Europe has been long gone, the health divide between the two parts of the continent remains still very much in place. While Western European countries have seen their death rates before 65 years of age fall to under 10%, in many countries of the former Soviet […]

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