True: we made mistakes. We tried too hard to pander to Russia in the Yeltsin era, ignoring the growth of corruption, authoritarianism and revanchism. We overlooked Russians’ resentment as their country drifted from the European mainstream and our vulnerability to the steps they could take in response. We neglected Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and the countries of the Caucasus. The Blair government was bewitched by the Putin regime’s offer of cooperation against Islamist terrorism in 2001. We have been frequently dazzled by the spurious commercial prospects offered by Russia – in particular BP’s decision to form an alliance with Rosneft, the main Russian oil company, was a shameful example of greed and short-sightedness.

very good paper by Edward Lucas

#edward-lucas #russia #putin #oil #gas #caucasus #blair #ukraine #moldova #belarus #rosneft #russian #bp #vulnerability #authoritarianism #corruption #revanchism #europe #politics #world #war #peace #regime #challenge #soviet #ussr #empire #imperialism #freedom

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Cremlin agents know where to push in Caucasus.

They’ve published list (not yet a list of people to be executed, but it’s very much their style to make lists) of people who support and promote “international homosexuality lobbying”.

That’s basically list of my friends - just educated people with open minds. This is what you have when Russia wants you in Eurasian Union.

At the left - Russian and Armenian flags.

At the right side there is a “Komsomolskaya Pravda” banner, they’ve opened Armenian service. It’s one of the most reactionary Russian newspapers. They, for instance, published a text which said like “we’re sorry Hitler didn’t have time made lamp shades from grandfathers of those who support Maidan”.

This also means - “BE CAREFUL WHEN WALK LATE AT NIGHT ALONE

#russia #eurasian-union #cremlin #komsomolskaya-pravda #caucasus #homophobia #homosexuality #repressions #pressure

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And I guess I know one of the reasons you cannot hear voices of post soviet countries, if it’s not Russia, and if it’s not Putin. That’s something like imperialistic complex - you don’t think these countries are important - what is important for you is US-Russia conflict. And you blame yourself, US government.

Other, smaller countries are so insignificant, they just cannot have their own interests, their own pain, and their own aspirations. That all should be games and manipulations of the greats. #facepalm

#politics #russia #ukraine #armenia #georgia #caucasus #ussr #interests

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Finding the Original Azerbaijan, or Aran

Ara Ghazarians talks to CivilNet about his English translation of Dr Enayatollah Reza’s book “Azerbaijan and Aran” that explains how political motivations, historic ties and and ethnic connections lie behind the use, or abuse, of the names Azerbaijan and Aran on two historic territories in the Caucasus and Iran — the Republic of Azerbaijan and the province of Azerbaijan in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKalUVotH_Y http://civilnet.am/ara-ghazarians-azerbaijan-and-or-aran/

#conflict #Azerbaijan #Aran #Caucasian-Albania #Iran #Armenia #Caucasus #history #geography #ethnography #archeology #translation #English #Enayatollah-Reza #Ara-Ghazarians #civilnet #azeri #azari #research #book #history-abuse #naming #politics #Turkey #expansionism #motives #absurdity #pan-turkism #fake #books #study #education

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