June 7, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a conference in Riga on the developments in Russia and its relations with the Baltic states. Mikhail Kasyanov, former Prime Minister of Russia, and Andris Piebalgs, party leader of the Latvian centre-right party “Vienotība,” participated in the discussions.
Olof Ehrenkrona, advisor to the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, discussed Russia in Finish public service TV with Beatrix von Storch, Member of the European Parliament (Alternative für Deutschland) and László Andor, former Hungarian EU-commissioner.
On November 15, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted the seminar Russia – Trends, Challenges & The Future for the Democratic Opposition. The panel that discussed the developments in Russia included Mikhail Kasyanov, Former Prime Minister of Russia and Chairman of the PARNAS party, Ilya Ponomarev, Former Member of the State Duma, Lilia Shevtsova, Associate of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Chatham House and Karin Enström, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Swedish Parliament. The seminar was moderated by Stephen Nix, Eurasia Director at the International Republican Institute. (more…)
September 18, elections were held in Russia to the State Duma, the lower house of the country’s legislature. Sotiris Delis, member of parliament from the Swedish Moderate party, describes in an article for Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation his insights from observing the elections with the Organization for Security and Stability in Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA). (more…)
For the first time in post-Soviet history, a majority of Russian voters decided to stay home rather than to vote in a federal election. The Central Election Commission (CEC) announced preliminary voter turnout at 48 per cent and reacted to reported irregularities, including ballot box stuffing and carousel voting. In the past six elections the average turnout was over 60 percent. (more…)
Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about what low oil prices have meant historically, the effect oil and gas wealth has on societies and how the falling oil price is good news for Ukraine.
“This year, the Russian economy is the G-20’s worst performer, contracting by 3.8%, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest forecast. And things could easily have been worse. President Vladimir Putin claims that his economic policies remain consistent; in fact, he has wisely changed course, limiting the damage that could have been done had he not.”
Anders Åslund is Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. and comments Putin’s new economic policies at the Project Syndicate. Read the full commentary here
November 25, Russia’s first presidential museum opened, a monument to Boris Yeltsin’s presidency. The inauguration of the museum in Yekaterinburg gathered a wide group of guests, from President Putin to opposition activists.
In World Affairs Vladimir V. Kara-Murza writes that the upper house of Russia’s Parliament will shortly consider a request to extend the list of so-called “undesirable foreign organizations” that supposedly threaten state security and constitutional order and are prohibited from operating in the country. The list, adopted unanimously by the Federation Council in July, currently includes 12 foreign and international NGOs, among them the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, and Freedom House.
Read Vladimir V. Kara-Murzas article below, or at World Affairs website.
Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about the Russian proposal to restructure the $3 billion Eurobond lent to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych as well as how Putin has changed the G-20 agenda from being dominated by Ukraine to having been taken over by Syria.