Category: Analyse

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 ...

BMB: Russia – The September 10th gubernatorial elections – What’s the Deal?

Bear Market Brief / On September 10th, 16 Russian regions will hold gubernatorial elections. Nearly all of the leading candidates were named acting governors by Vladimir Putin either this year or last, and there is little doubt that they will secure victory. But the vote, less than a year before the presidential election, will represent ...

Ukraine: 26 ans après l’indépendance, l’émigration reste en débat

“A chaque fois que je passe la frontière, je me pose les mêmes questions: est-ce que je ne pourrais pas faire mieux, pour moi-même, pour mes parents, pour mes enfants, pour l’Ukraine, si j’étais installée à l’étranger?” L’interrogation hante la jeune militante civique Iryna Ozymok. Et avec elle, des millions d’Ukrainiens, tentés par l’émigration. Alors ...

Donbass Blockade: Quo Vadis?

Arsen Avakov kept his word. On 13th March, the Minister of Interior did send his police forces against the activists running a blockade of railroads in the area of Toretsk (former Dzerzhinsk). At least 43 armed persons were arrested on the spot. The move has sparked anger across Ukraine. Several demonstrations were organised in different ...