Один из авторов книги "КГБ играет в шахматы" и бывший сотрудник Комитета госбезопасности СССР Владимир Попов недавно завершил работу над своими мемуарами. В книге "Заговор негодяев. Записки бывшего подполковника КГБ" он рассказывает о становлении режима российского президента Владимира Путина, его соратниках, о своей работе в комитете и ключевых событиях, к которым имели отношение советские спецслужбы. Ранее книга не издавалась. С согласия автора издание "ГОРДОН" эксклюзивно публикует главы из нее. В этой части Попов пишет, как сотрудники спецслужб находили агентов и информаторов в литературной среде, раскрывает особенности взаимоотношений спецслужб с диссидентами Андреем Синявским и Марией Розановой. Переосмысливая дело Андрея Синявского и историю с арестом Евгения Иванова в

Staunton, June 24 – Vladimir Putin’s treatment of the past including his Victory Day parade represents an attempt by the Kremlin leader to fuse the Russian present with the Soviet past and thus reverse not just the break with Soviet crimes but also the greatest consequence of World War II for Russians, Aleksandr Tsipko says. And that consequence was this, the senior commentator says. “The path to victory was opened only when the Russian peasant finding himself in the trenches separated in his consciousness the motherland from Stalin and the Soviet system and began to fight not for the preservation of the Soviet system but for the salvation of his fatherland and the dignity of Russians” (ng.ru/ideas/2020-06-24/7_7893_victory.html). By his actions and with today’s parade, Tsipko says, Putin is seeking to reverse this development given that he sees it as a threat to himself and his regime and to

A series of constitutional amendments will cement Putin’s hold on power, change Russian life, and give the West fewer options for dealing with him. Russians will vote on a series of constitutional amendments on Wednesday that would allow Vladimir Putin, whose approval rating has lately been collapsing, to stay in power until 2036. The new laws would also give the president more authority to set Russia’s foreign policy agenda, extend his power into local affairs, help him block potential political challengers, and allow him to select candidates for ministerial posts — the latter, considered to be a swipe at Russia’s legislative assembly, the Duma. The referendum will be an up-or-down vote on 206 amendments rolled into a single package. New versions of the constitution with the amendments in place are already on sale in bookstores. “Many of the amendments are basically populist slogans,” Vladimir Kara-

Staunton, June 20 -- The asymmetric federalism the Soviets established and that Boris Yeltsin continued has mean that “Russian” was “de facto attached to “the imperial system,” and “this logically led in the Putin era to the appearance of the expansionist doctrine of ‘the Russian world,’” Vadim Shtepa says. Almost 30 years ago, the editor of the Tallinn-based Region.Expert portal says, Sergey Shakhray and Viktor Ilushin convinced Yeltsin that if predominantly ethnic Russian regions became republics, the entire country would fall apart; and as a result the first Russian president crushed all attempts in that direction (region.expert/opposition/). But in doing so, they not only made it impossible for Russian oblasts and krays

Ce paralele peste timp! Două comparaţii izbitoare se conturează astăzi între 28 iunie 1940 şi 28 iunie 2012. Coincidenţe uimitoare Prima. La 28 iunie 1940, Armata Roşie, ocupând Basarabia, a închis ermetic spaţiul ei aerian. 72 de ani mai târziu, la finele lui iunie 2012, Republica Moldova a intrat în spaţiul aerian comun al UE şi a ajuns să netezească, pe ultima sută de metri, drumul la capătul căruia cetăţenii ei vor putea călători fără vize în Europa. Secundo. La 26 iunie 2012, extensia mediatică a GRU-ului rus, numită Novîi Reghion, a difuzat nişte informaţii, potrivit cărora Europa s-ar solidariza cu Rusia în privinţa federalizării Republicii Moldova. Această provocare este demnă de minciuna sfruntată a lui Veaceslav Molotov care, exact acum 72

Staunton, June 26 – The final years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire have many lessons for Russia today, Harun Sidorov says. The overriding one is that “empires which ignore the aspirations of the people included them and instead of addressing those problems engage in an adventurist foreign policy are doomed.” And at the same time, the Russian commentator says, the discussions of those known as the Austro-Marxists (Otto Bauer and Karl Renner in particular) whom Lenin and the Bolsheviks attacked so diligently show that there is a way forward besides the disintegration of the empire into increasingly mono-ethnic nation states (region.expert/austria/). That way, Sidorov argues, combines “federalism, territorial autonomy, and

Staunton, June 29 – Vladimir Putin’s amendments and the process he has used to put them in place effectively “liquidates the entire legal system” that at least nominally had existed in the Russian Federation since 1991 and returns the country to many of the conditions defined by the Brezhnev basic law, Vadim Shtepa says. But in restoring what is very much a Brezhnev-style constitution, the Russian regionalist says, the Kremlin leader is unwittingly recreating some of the conditions which led to perestroika but in a country which can only aspire to be a super power but lacks the resources to be one in fact (icds.ee/ru/poluchitsja-li-u-putina-remejk-brezhnevs/). As many have pointed out, Putin’s amendments simultaneously contradict

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