Lukashenka‘s Friends and Foes in Russia
There are many debates about the channels of Russia’s influence in Belarus, most of all – who of the political elite stand behind them. A deeper look is needed to better understand the relations between Lukashenka’s regime and Russia’s political elite. Therefore, the newest issue of the Bellis dedicated to discussing these issues. Please see the Bell No. 7 (49) here.
Belarus Research Council is announcing a call for original research

Belarus Research Council is inviting Belarusian researchers to submit concept papers for policy-oriented research. The call is open for Belarusian think tanks and NGOs which intend to conduct their policy-oriented original research in Belarus focusing on solutions - policy, legislative or other. The deadline for the submission of concept papers is February 1, 2015.

Latest Poll: Belarusians’ Awareness about Civil Society Increased
Results from the latest poll from the Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies (Belarus) show a positive surge in awareness about civil society in Belarus. According to the poll data the level of citizens’ awareness of civil society has significantly increased for the last two years (27% increase between 2012 – 2014, from 25% to 52%). The rise in awareness can be at least partly attributed to the growing importance of internet and social media platforms which increase the visibility of civil society activities.
Primakov Clan’s Trap for the West or a Little About Putin’s Peace Roadmap
EESC together with the news portal DELFI presents the fourth analytical article under the project „Vladimir Putin‘s Russia“. In the article „Primakov Clan’s Trap for the West or a Little About Putin’s Peace Roadmap” EESC Senior Analyst Marius Laurinavičius tracks the course of events in Ukraine and looks for members of the existing Russian clans who oppose the ongoing aggression in Ukraine and advocate for a peaceful conflict solution. The analysis “Primakov clan’s trap for the West or a little about Putin’s peace roadmap” is download free and can be accessed in Lithuanian, English and Russian.
Aggression in Ukraine: What Consequences Await Its Architects?

EESC in co-operation with the news portal DELFI continues analytical project “Putin’s Russia” and presents third analysis "Agression in Ukraine: What Consequences Await Its Architects?" by Marius Laurinavičius. The project is devoted to the analysis of the Putin’s system of rule, including Putin’s closest associates and their influence to the regime. In the analytical article the author explains why there is enough evidence to call Dmitrij Rogozins clan responsible for starting agression in Ukraine and why Putin‘s position started to change. Read full analysis "Agression in Ukraine: What Consequences Await Its Architects?" in Lithuanian, English and Russian.

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