Follow the river and get into the sea

Posted by Marek Siwiec MEP on 17/01/13

When William Browder, a grandson of an American Communist and a former  presidential candidate Earl Browder, decided to invest in Russia in 1996, everything seemed rather easy. The fund registered in London was thriving with its assets reaching $4billion in a short time. The profits were so high that more than $200 million tax was [...]

Billions behind the eastern border

Posted by Marek Siwiec MEP on 26/04/12

We got used to the impressive results of the Chinese economy. And we are not the only ones. A bit in the shadow of the giant there is Russia, where also interesting things are going on. When Vladimir Putin ended the election festival, he began to speak specifically about the economy. He promised facilities for [...]

Moscow does not believe in tears

Posted by Marek Siwiec MEP on 05/03/12

It is as it was expected. Vladimir Vladimirovich has won, as he wanted, and the margin of victory (14%) taking into account the number of voters (over 60%) shows that the forgery could not have a significant impact on the final result. The machine has worked, and, unlike in case of Belarus, the world will [...]

What does Putin fight for? Legitimacy and capacity of governance in the old style

Posted by Marek Siwiec MEP on 23/02/12

From a distance this campaign looks like in any other country. Just like in case of all previous elections until 2000 in Russia itself. Ten days before the election (March 4) the main candidate is travelling around the country, giving speeches during well-prepared mass rallies, saying a lot about the needs of visited regions and [...]

The chance for a new opening

Posted by Marek Siwiec MEP on 30/12/11

For a long time the public opinion in the world believed that in Russia there were two roles written out: Putin – the tough guy, and Medvedev – the liberal. The recent demonstrations have supposedly created additional reasons supporting this thesis. I do not believe it. The two men are playing exactly the same card [...]

Clouds over Ukraine’s association

Posted by Marek Siwiec MEP on 27/09/11

Being lately in Yalta I heard that the recent meeting Yanukovych-Medvedev in Sochi was one of the worst. Worst, which means that no agreement on a single customs territory has been reached and, what’s more, there was a fuss that ended with Yanukovych’s words: “I will not trade in my country’s sovereignty”. This memorable declaration [...]

Variants for Russia

Posted by Marek Siwiec MEP on 26/09/11

Imagine that, what was inevitable, Putin becomes a candidate of the United Russia for the President of the country. The rivalry ends in the same way as it began – in the caste of power. However, Dmitry Medvedev doesn’t become the Prime Minister, but he goes to the parliament and tries to do what he [...]

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Marek Siwiec, Polish Member of the European Parliament, writes about European Neighbourhood Policy, defence policy, Polish Presidency of the EU Council, Polish politics and other topics related to European and international affairs. more.



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