ISSUE 4-2003
INTERVIEW
Александр Куранов
STUDIES
Ярослав Шимов Андрей Белоусов
RUSSIA AND THE BALKANS
А. Артем Улунян Сергей Романенко Игорь Некрасов
OUR ANALYSES
Виктор Коган-Ясный
REVIEW
Ярослав Шимов
APROPOS


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Editorial

The new issue of our magazine features articles that monitor not just recent developments in Russia but also some in her neighbouring countries, as well as those countries' ties with Russia. Russia, which is currently dealing with the coronavirus epidemic just like the rest of the world, is bound to have her economy tested at a time when it is still severely oil-dependent after twenty years of Putin's rule.

Apart from the economy, Putin's image is beginning to suffer too. Where is the president who used to be able to solve all issues in a live TV broadcast, the man who knew the answer to every problem? What the Russians see on their television screens today is an aging politician who is suddenly having to share power with the governors so as to "share responsibility" in case the epidemic hits Russia even more severely.

Putin's battle with the coronavirus is closely linked to his struggle for his own survival.  Should he lose the former, the latter, i.e. his own future, will be considerably affected too, particularly as it is closely linked to constitutional changes. Although these are already valid de jure, Putin is aware of the way in which he pushed them through , which is why he is keen to have them confirmed by an all-Russian vote.

If the epidemic is not dealt with reasonably  well, the result of the vote is uncertain. Even if he wins the vote - the methods have been tested – there is no guarantee that sooner or later the country will not see an outbreak of dangerous mass protests connected with the socio-economic situation.

Despite the problems facing Russia, the Kremlin continues to wage its holy war for historical truth. The main battle is currently taking place today in the Czech Republic, where they have dared to dismantle the statue of Marshal Ivan Konev. Moscow has engaged in the fight not just a series of convoluted arguments but also new legislation prepared for such occasions.

But the Kremlin's guardians of truth have witnessed an unexpected development. The Czechs, who for years have shown little interest in the monument, have suddenly started taking interest in the history of the liberation of Prague and would now like to know what had really happened then, and the media are keen to oblige.

The current construction developed by communist historiography which has survived in the head of many a Czech citizen is beginning to show considerable cracks under the weight of historical material that brings to light some long concealed or simply neglected facts. Suddenly the Czechs are finding out more about their heroes who the Communists used to put in jail and make an effort to erase from Czech history.

This procedure proves to be an effective method of combat with a hybrid. Not to engage in discussions with its creators, but try to provide your citizens with sufficient data to enable them to form their own opinion themselves. Then the hybrid suffers the same fate as coronavirus treated with soap.

The editors wish you to stay safe from both the hybrid and coronavirus.     

 

 

 

 

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