2012-04 to 2012-06
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Putin’s New Challenge: Russia
Issue 2 (III) / 2012
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The spring 2012 issue of New Eastern Europe takes a closer look at the potential consequences of Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin with a series of analyses examining the situation in Russia and the new challenges that await Vladimir Putin as he returns to the Russian presidency. American expert Gail Lapidus, Polish analyst Jadwiga Rogoża, and Russian political analyst Ivan Preobrazhensky all provide key insight on what they see as the changes taking place in Russia and what is in store for its immediate future.
The issue also features an exclusive text by David Kramer and Susan Corke of Freedom House. Writing for New Eastern Europe, they make the case for further action with Belarus; warning that if the West does not act soon, it will be too late. Similarly, the description of the state of Hungary’s democracy by political journalist Thomas Escritt, shows the vulnerability of a political system in the region, which has long been viewed as being stable.
In addition, this issue includes a special section providing a holistic view of the economic situation in the region as a result of the economic crisis. The block is opened by a text from World Bank Economists Benu Bidani, Mame Fatou Diagne, and Salman Zaidi and includes texts on the Baltic States, Slovakia, Hungary, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and the South Caucasus.
Russian novelist, Zakhar Prilepin writes how he views the Russian countryside and while Russia is so vast, there are similarities among those living outside Moscow.
Also in this issue, Polish journalist Ziemowit Szczerek takes us on a journey to the Islamic region of Sandzuk in Serbia. And British travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron opens up in a captivating interview on his personal discoveries in Siberia.
A film review of Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness and reviews of the most recent books on and from around the region conclude the issue.
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Cornelius Ochmann - The New German Ostpolitik http://www.neweasterneurope.eu/node/262
Sviatoslav Khomenko - The Opposition in Ukraine: United or lost? http://www.neweasterneurope.eu/node/282
Susan Corke & David J. Kramer - The Faustian Bargain http://www.neweasterneurope.eu/node/299