ISSUE 1-2011
Игорь Тышкевич
Martin Svárovský
Veronika Movchan
Ондржей Соукуп
Петр Мазур Павел Витек

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On the 26th March 2000 was Vladimir Putin elected as the second President of Russia by 39,740,467 Russians. 53,4% voters gave their vote to candidate who was recommended by extremely unpopular former President Yeltsin then, to candidate who they did not almost know.

Putin’s victory in the first round of the election was closely linked with the victorious war in Chechnya that catapulted him into the presidency. A pretext for the second Chechen war was provided by the apartment-house bombings in Moscow, Buinaksk, and Volgodonsk in September 1999. These three facts led some authors to the conclusion that without explosions in Moscow and other Russian cities Putin would not had been elected. The strong suspicion that Putin and people around him were somehow involved in these terrorist acts will probably remain only the strong suspicion forever. And this is just one of the question marks that accompany Putin’s way to the power as well as his style of governing.

Question Who is Mr. Putin? that emerged at the beginning of his presidency has not lost its urgency. Dozens of books, based on serious analysis, have been dedicated to Putin’s life and there are more to come. All of them have brought more than disturbing answers to the raised question. It is difficult to imagine that all these books treat Russian President unfairly on the other hand it is also hard to imagine that even just ten percent of what was written could be true.

If Russian voter asked him/herself where the truth lies, his/her position before election would not be enviable. However, results of previous presidential election in Russia have demonstrated that such questions either have not been asked or Russians believe their President.

It is also one of the reasons why upcoming election of Russian President misses any plot. Putin will be re-elected and questions will remain unanswered. His re-election means continuation of his internal and foreign policy bringing balancing on the edge of a serious conflict both in Russia and abroad. It is not good news for Russian neighbors who face various form of pressure permanently exerted by Moscow.

It was why, in this issue we explore situation in some countries neighbouring with Russia. Their conditions differ a lot. They represent different political and economic systems, they realize differently oriented foreign policy but one thing they have and will have in common: a problem with their Big Brother who does not like too independent neighbors.

Reading comments made by former Russian Minister of foreign affairs Andrey Kozyrev reacting on Putin’s attack one could recall old joke – answer of Armenian radio to the question When will be better? It already was.

No doubts that also the year 2018 will bring, predominantly not too positive, issues connected with Russia which will be discussed on our website. Even though, being  pessimistic at the beginning of the New Year is not too nice, it is necessary to be realistic.

Notwithstanding this, editorial board wishes you Happy New Year.




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