How the world is doing business with Crimea despite sanctions and Ukrainian laws
LB.ua

How the world is doing business with Crimea despite sanctions and Ukrainian laws

After Russian troops occupied the Crimean peninsula two years ago, the Kyiv government moved to block trade at all commercial ports.
Crimean trap. Russia will try to legalise the occupation of Crimea with the help of the CIS
Igor Solovey

Crimean trap. Russia will try to legalise the occupation of Crimea with the help of the CIS

Moscow is planning to use the CIS observation mission at the elections to the State Duma to legalise the occupation of Crimea: by recognising the results of voting in Crimea, the CIS will de jure recognise the illegal occupation of the peninsula by Russia.
Where is Turkey heading for? 
Anatoliy Baronin

Where is Turkey heading for? 

Political transformations which Ankara faced in the wake of the failed coup are wrongly considered in the context of relations between Turkey and the West, Turkey and Russia.
Populism as phenomenon
Oleksiy Leshchenko

Populism as phenomenon

The real reason for the growth of populism not only in Europe but around the world is the widening gap among ordinary citizens, voters and the "elites", establishment, and political parties. Parties no longer fulfil their primary role, which is to represent the interests of a homogeneous group of voters, instead they turned into sealed clubs of supreme party bosses.
Is a new geopolitical configuration in the Middle East possible?
Aleksandr Snytin

Is a new geopolitical configuration in the Middle East possible?

The Warsaw NATO summit marked the complete failure of Russian policy in the western direction. The worst outcome for Moscow would have been a decision to immediately include Georgia and Ukraine into the alliance.
Russia reveals signs of serious economic recession. Interview with former Russian economics minister
Igor Solovey

Russia reveals signs of serious economic recession. Interview with former Russian economics minister

Russia's economic model, focused on raw stock and government domination, has hit a dead end, with the state going through a serious economic recession. As a result, life standards are visibly deteriorating, which "creates certain political tension".
Coercion to ambassador
Igor Solovey

Coercion to ambassador

Therefore the notification procedure of ambassador appointment launched by Moscow is a challenge and a boorish act on the part of the Russian Federation. This behaviour is typical of internal affairs or in respect of vassals. If the Kremlin seeks confrontation from the start, does Ukraine need this envoy?
Trump's Kremlin connections
Oleksandr Demchenko

Trump's Kremlin connections

Old connections with the Russian underworld, advisers who used to consult pro-Russian presidents and Russian monopolies like Gazprom – it is all about US presidential candidate Donald Trump.