Category: Analyse

Dans les Balkans, la liberté de la presse en danger

Le 13 octobre, Vehbi Kajtazi, un journaliste d’investigation kosovar célébré pour ses enquêtes sur la corruption au sein de l’appareil d’Etat local était attaqué dans un bar de la capitale, Pristina, et laissé le visage en sang. Deux mois plus tôt, Parim Olluri, éditeur à Insajderi (“Insider”), un site internet d’enquête où travaille aussi Vehbi ...

On Russian State TV, The Kremlin’s N°1 Pundit Tries To Sell Change Without Change

As the infamous head of the state press agency “Rossiya Segodnya,” Dmitry Kiselyov’s job is to sell the Kremlin’s viewpoint to a foreign and domestic audience. But in the October 1st edition of “News of the week,” the flagship news show of Russian state TV channel “Rossiya24”, the conservative and traditionalist Kiselyov did something slightly ...

L’invité D&B – EU’s mission in Eastern neighborhood and Moldova: stimulation of development or European integration?

By Dionis Cenuşa° - initially published on IPN ° Dionis Cenuşa is a political scientist from Moldova who works as Program Director on Energy Security at the Independent Economic Think-tank “Expert-Group”, based in Chisinau. The European Union’s attachment to pragmatism becomes a more accentuated constant in its relationship with the Eastern neighborhood. It is yet wrong and ...

BMB: “Sechin has wanted to carve up Gazprom for many years” – The Stanovaya interview, part 2

Interview published on the Bear Market Brief website on October 11th 2017. Is Sechin’s recent behavior an example of the Russian elite getting more “aggressive”? I’m not sure that “aggressive” is the right word in this context. The problem is Putin used to play the role of an arbitrator, but nowadays he doesn’t want to lose time ...

Avec l’hiver, la saison de la contestation politique en Ukraine commence.

Version longue d'un article publié dans La Libre Belgique, le 17/10/2017 “Ils nous ont saboté le micro pour nous empêcher de parler. Mais ce n’est n’est pas grave. Comme ça je me rapproche encore plus de vous, les gens, pour vous parler”. Mikheil Saakachvili se force à l’un de ces petits sourires naïfs. Un de ...

Why Do Ukraine’s Ammunition Depots Keep Blowing Up?

On the evening of September 26, massive explosions shook the Kalynivka raion, a small region 200km south-west of Kiev. The explosion originated at the 48th Arsenal (military unit A1119), an ammunition depot located between the towns of Kalynivka, Pavlivka, Salnyk and Dorozhne. The 680 hectares site stored, according to Ukrainian outlet depot.ua, 138,000 tons of ...

BMB: “Putin believes his next mandate will be his last” – An interview with Tatiana Stanovaya

Interview published on the Bear Market Brief website on October 11th 2017. To say the very least, Russia has entered a period of interesting politics. Governors are being fired, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny remains a thorn in Putin’s side in the run up to the presidential election in March. What to make of all ...

Réintégration du Donbass: Au-delà du pugilat parlementaire

Ce qui reste associé aux débats parlementaires ukrainiens des 5 et 6 octobre, ce sont de nouvelles bousculades à la tribune de la Rada, les noms de chèvres, et une grenade fumigène. Les lois 7163 et 7164 ont pourtant des implications très concrètes: La loi sur le statut spécial de certains districts du Donbass est prolongée d’un ...

Not exactly a Consulate: controversial opening of a representative association of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic in Marseille

“I am very glad to be here. I am very glad you are here. We received many letters of support from different political figures. It proves that we exist. It proves that the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) exists. This representation is here for this purpose”. On 25th September, 4.30 p.m., Hubert Fayard had won his ...

BMB: Russia – In Search of the Unexpected – The September 10th elections in the regions

Article published on the Bear Market Brief on September 19, 2017. The electoral success of the United Democrats in Moscow on 10 September was the most widely commented upon after the more than 6,000 local and regional elections held across Russia that day (see this report by the Moscow Times). Surprises were harder to find in the ...