Each autumn, a number of top politicians and analysts from countries in Eastern Europe gathered over the weekend in Visby on Gotland. The discussions at these conferences is always informal, and should not be quoted elsewhere. This creates an open and constructive debate climate, which is appreciated by the participants.At this year’s conference, held in mid-October, the participants discussed the EU’s Eastern Partnership (which includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus), the developments in South Caucasus and in Russia. Russian politicians who attended the meetings in Visby was Mikhail Kasyanov, former prime minister and leader of the Peoples Democrat Union, and Boris Nemtsov, former deputy prime minister and leader of the organization Solidarity – which among other things working against corruption in Russian society.
Four Russian opposition parties have recently initiated a political cooperation. It is expected to have a common presidential candidate in the 2012 elections. Two of the party leaders participated in the annual round table conference on developments in Eastern Europe organized by the Hjalmarson Foundation. In addition the upcoming elections in Belarus were discussed. As developments in Ukraine.
Read more about the political developments in Russia in newsletter 9 / 2010.