Either Moscow will have to change course radically, or Russia’s demographic decline, which Putin has claimed to have stopped, will not only return but accelerate as each succeeding generation has fewer potential mothers and each mother chooses to have fewer and fewer children.
Editorial cartoon by Mike Lester for the Rome News-Tribune
Analyst: The conventional view is that extended pressure on Russia is good for Ukraine, but we believe the extension of economic and travel sanctions have the potential to provoke further Russian military aggression."*
The only way to escape the dead end that Russia faces as a result is to pursue “the deep federalization” of the country, Pastukhov says. If that doesn’t happen, autocracy will be reborn regardless of the names the rulers choose to use. Moscow must not be the only center anymore: there must be “up to 20” powerful regional center. In short, Russia must become a federation.
Konstantin Sivkov, the first vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, takes a…jaundiced view. He says that Shoigu’s statement means that Russia is no longer planning to field a fleet as powerful as the American one and instead is focusing on coastal defense and those tasks that smaller ships can perform.
…resentment of alleged Western Christian hostility and feelings of victimization are a common motif in Russian Orthodox thinking.
Photo: Gennadii Zuganov, head of Russia’s Communist Party and Patriarch Kirill
Russian is today paying an annual tax tribute to Chechnya of 10 US dollars, far more than is going to any other federal subject
Former Pentagon Ukraine desk official says: “…our military support for Ukraine was not enough to withstand a Soviet legacy of weak institutions, corruption that compromised Ukraine’s independence from Russia, particularly in the industrial and energy sectors, and a low rate of economic development. The result was Ukraine’s inability to join the European Union and a loss of sovereign territory to Russia.”
Photo: Stacy Closson*
“According to a new poll by Kyiv’s Razumkov Center, 92 percent of Ukrainian citizens now consider themselves ethnic Ukrainians, six percent say they are ethnic Russians, and 1.5 percent identify as members of other ethnic groups.”