World press on events in Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan
The Daily Beast published an article entitled “Chinese Money Is Backing Putin’s War”. The author reflects on continuing bonding between Russia and China, first of all in the economic field, writing “the growing Chinese-Russian alliance is one of the most important geopolitical developments of the century.”The author reminds that in December last year Russian oil exports to China grew at an annual rate of 86% along with Russian-Chinese trade turnover (95.3 billion dollars).
World Press Review on the crisis in Ukraine, Elections in Greece and Russian News Agency as a Spy Machine (January 28, 2015)
The Independent reflected on the crisis in Ukraine in a recently published article titled “Now try diplomacy: For all the violence of the past year, Ukraine and Russia need each other”.
World press on recent anti-terrorist measures undertaken in Europe: crackdown on civil liberties or a necessary precaution? (January 18, 2014)
"As Europe Moves Aggressively Against Terrorism, New Challenges Emerge" the New York Times writes. The recent arrests of suspected terrorists in European countries, "highlighted the scope and complexity of the challenge facing European intelligence agencies and security services in confronting the expanding threat from radical jihadists, many of them battle-hardened in Syria and Iraq," the article reads. The recent raids suggest that European countries are more willing now to engage in pre-emptive measures to fight terrorism.
World press review on the Eurasian Economic Union, Gas Pipelines Strategy, Principles of Political Behaviour in Russia and the Politics of History (January 16, 2015)
Foreign Affairs has discussed the Eurasian Economic Union in its publication “The Eurasian Illusion”, calling it “a myth” and “a failure”. The author interprets the Eurasian Economic Union as an attempt to bring the former Soviet nations back together – both economically and politically – under the promise of “universally beneficial integration on equal terms”.
Russia today is top news in the New York Times.
The Washington Post published another article about Russia under the title of «Russian opera diva Obraztsova dies at 75». Russia’s famed mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, who has performed at the world’s top opera houses, died Monday at age 75. Obraztsova’s cultural foundation said in a statement that she died of cardiac arrest at a clinic in Germany, but didn’t provide further details. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent condolences to Obraztsova’s family.