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Putin's Presidency By SARFARAZ AHMED

Putin's Presidency-VI: Dangerous dynamics

Published on March 17, 2014That a large number of Muscovites speak out against the Crimea referendum amid a virtual split of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea is a fact that has found its best expression in downtown Moscow. Saturday's anti-referendum rally in Russia's capital was said to be the largest anti-government demonstration since people took to the streets in Russia's capital a day before the inauguration of Vladimir Putin as President for his third term in 2012. Another demonstration in the same city, but much less in terms of participation of people, however, expressed its support for Russian intervention in the region.Read full story

Putin's Presidency-V Arguments fly

Published on March 11, 2014The fact that over 60 percent of Ukrainians identify themselves as Christians of a particular denomination or they belong to a particular branch of the Church with their spiritual leader based in Moscow does not necessarily lend legitimacy to an argument that a Western expert advanced on Kremlin-funded RT television channel recently. According to him, Russia and Ukraine are perhaps in a bond of an unbreakable wedlock. Another Western expert at the same program of that channel made a counter-argument. He argued that the majority of the US population belonged to the Church of England at some point in time but this reality did not prevent them from becoming independent.Read full story

Apropos "Putin's Presidency-III: Obama sweating blood?"

Published on March 07, 2014Apropos "Putin's Presidency-III: Obama sweating blood?" carried by Business Recorder yesterday, it was in fact the 4th part of a multi-part series on the post-Soviet states, particularly the Russian Federation: Putin's Presidency. A 49-part series on the Arab Spring can be accessed via Arab Unrest.Read full story

Putin's Presidency-IV: Obama sweating blood?

Published on March 06, 2014In 1918, US President Woodrow Wilson said that for one year he had been "sweating blood" under the Russian question. According to Woodrow Wilson: A Life for World Peace, he wrote to the House: "I have been sweating blood over the question what is right and feasible to do in Russia. It goes to pieces like quicksilver under my touch, but I hope I see and can report some progress presently, along the double line of economic assistance, and aid to the Czecho-Slovaks".Read full story