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Issue 6/2022: Point of No Return

Scenarios on future relations with Russia. The latest issue of New Eastern Europe is now available. Find out what’s inside and how to get your copy.

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These past nine months of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine have not only revealed the incredible resilience of the Ukrainian people, but also the fact that the relations of the democratic world with Russia will not be the same, at least in the foreseeable future. With this in mind, we asked the authors of this issue to analyse some different scenarios for the development of the future of relations with Russia. It is very clear that from the perspective of the West, we have already passed the point of no return. Hence, new thinking is needed in policies towards Russia, in whatever form it will take after the war. We look at this topic from various perspectives – from broader ones such as how the West should react to a Russian collapse, to more specific ones such as how Germany needs to entirely rethink its view of Russia.

Common themes emerge, including overcoming Russian imperialism, structuring reparations to Ukraine as well as how non-ethnic Russians should be seen. One more important theme we address is the current situation in Belarus, two years since the unsuccessful protests that were organised following the fraudulent presidential election. Our authors analyse the sober reality in the country which is characterised by repressions and growing totalitarianism. Nearly all democratic forces have fled the country or are in prison. And the regime’s support of Putin’s war in Ukraine only makes it more difficult for Belarusians who desire freedom and independence. country or are in prison. And the regime’s support of Putin’s war in Ukraine only makes it more difficult for Belarusians who desire freedom and independence.

All of the topics in this issue are connected to the single most important event in our region this century – Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The only way out of this situation is with Ukraine’s victory and a restoration of its sovereign territory.

Table of Contents

Future of Russia-West relations

End of an era. Three scenarios for the future of Russia-West relations Tony van der Togt

What would be the consequences of a Russian collapse? Agnieszka Legucka

Russia-Ukraine. Only one will remain Yevhen Magda

After Ostpolitik. Perspectives for future relations between Moscow and Berlin Jan Claas Behrends

Russian and Rashism. Are Russian language and literature really so great? Tomasz Kamusella

Why Russia needs decolonisation for its future democratisation Miłosz J. Cordes

What happens after Russia falls Helen Faller And Nick Gluzdov

What was so little about “Little Russia”? James C. Pear Ce

 

Opinion and Analysis

Poland’s Ukrainian refugee assistance as a transformational experience Maciej Makulski

Russia’s closure of the Jewish Sochnut agency reveals its true identity policy Vladyslav Faraponov

De-Stalinisation as a postulate of freedom Mariusz Maszkiewicz

The whirlpool of Belgrade’s EuroPride. Russophilia and Russian influence in Serbia Filip Mirilović

Towards a dissolution? Lex Inzko and the fight over history Aleksandra Zdeb

Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Council presidency during the Zeitenwende Iris Kempe

A waste of energy Dylan Van De Ven, S Amuel Frerichs, Alexander Malyarenko

 

Interviews

Inaction is something we cannot tolerate An interview with Oksana Bulda and Liza Bezvershenko

 

Stories and ideas

Kharkiv – the city of resilience. Photo-report by Wojciech Koźmic

Modern East Germany’s dependence on Russian oil evokes old divisions Isabelle De Pommereau

Art, culture and society

Ukraine’s defiance goes beyond the battlefield Kate Tsurkan

 

History and Memory  

The best story. The Ukrainian past in Zelenskyy’s words and the eyes of the public Félix Krawatzek And George Soroka

What the past is for. Polish-Ukrainian memory politics and Putin’s war Daniel Edison

  

Zhyve Belarus! Analyses and perspectives. Two years since the 2020 Belarusian uprising

Introduction Jan Malicki

Belarusian political elites. New, imagined, lost? Maxim Rust

From utopia to dystopia Justyna Olędzka

The re-Sovietisation of Belarus Aliaksandr Papko, Kacper Wańczyk

Belarusian language and culture. Is the patient more alive than dead? Katarzyna Bieliakowa

Neo-totalitarianism as a new political reality in Belarus Pavel Usov

In anticipation of a new world Oleksandr Shevchenko

Gudijos istorija for the 21st century Andrzej Pukszto

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