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Two Reasons Why Russia Keeps Losing Influence Over Post-Soviet States


After the USSR ceased to exist, the Kremlin was counting on retaining their influence in the region. However, the truth is that Russia as the major successor to the USSR has been losing its influence over the remaining post-soviet states. There are 2 reasons for that.

 

 

 

 
According to the related report recently published by private American analytic company Stratfor, there is a range of new tendencies making it difficult for Russia to stay influential in the post-soviet region, especially when it comes to Ukraine. The two major reasons for that are believed to be the declining role of the Russian language in the region as well as the existing threats of mass protest inside Russia itself.
 
Over more than 70 years of the USSR existence, the soviet people got used to living in an environment with a centralized political system, corruption, and low standards of living. Even when the USSR ceased to exist, that environment didn’t change in an instance. Most of the post-soviet states retained their centralized political and economic systems despite trying to move democracy and capitalism. Maybe the Baltic states can be called an exception to this rule.
 
Since then, the Russian language has been the language of communication between those post-soviet states. After recovering from the chaos of the first post-soviet years, top-ranking Russian politicians revived their ties with their peers with other post-soviet states. In order to restore the influence over the region, Russia used different methods, including political games and military deployment. However, the signs of the soviet era started to vanish gradually.
 
At this point, the average age of the Russians, the Belarusians, and the Ukrainians is around 40 years. This means that the average citizen of those states spent less than 50% of their lives living in the USSR. In Asian post-soviet countries, the average age is under 30 years. The whole point is, that in a couple of decades, most of the population of the post-soviet states won’t have any experience or direct memories about the soviet period of their history. Apparently, demographic changes also lead to political, economic, and cultural changes in the post-soviet region, which is a challenge for Russia trying to retain the influence over the entire region.
 
Yet those changes have already been underway for years. The use of the Russian language in the region has been going down. Most post-soviet states have diminished the official role of the Russian language.

 

 

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The research shows that that fewer citizens of the post-soviet states use Russian in everyday conversation. Even though they understand Russian, they use it less frequently than they used to. Some posit-soviet states in Central Asia and the Caucasus are now thinking about moving from the Cyrillic alphabet to the Roman alphabet. This is also a step to diminish the influence of Russia.
 

 

As for internal challenges, Russia’s post-soviet generations are less tolerant to the political and economic injustice than their parents and grandparents. Protests and anything else against the soviet government was punished severely. Over the first 10-15 years after the USSR disintegration, there was a wave of revolutions changing the mindset and the political situation in many post-soviet countries. Those showed the world that the local population wouldn’t tolerate the chaos and corruption anymore. Now the situation seems to be changing in Russia as well as more people go on anti-corruption protests demanding justice. Those protests are led by the younger generation.

 

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Why Is German Parliamentary Election Important to Europe?

Judging by the results of several sociological surveys, the chances of electing Angela Markel for the next 4 years is fairly high at the moment. Even though there is almost no intrigue in the election, the international community has still been closely watching it, Market Leader reports

Publication date: 24 September 12:55 AM

Bitcoin Market Cap Exceeds $150 Billion

Bitcoin’s market capitalization exceeded $150 billion the other day. At the same time, the international expert community keeps on pondering upon the near-term prospects of Bitcoin and other digital currencies.

Publication date: 03 September 11:22 PM

American Sanctions Will Cut Investments In Russia

Some experts say that the next round of anti-Russian sanctions imposed a couple of weeks ago is going to undermine the Russian economy. In particular, they are threatening the investment capital inflow.

 

 
A few weeks after Donald Trump reluctantly signed the new sanctions approved by the U.S. Congress, Russian and foreign investors are still trying to figure out what the actual consequences of this decision are going to be. For now, they seem to have understood enough to be afraid of long-term negative consequences for their existing or potential investments in the Russian economy, which has just started recovering after a 2-year recession.
 
Publication date: 31 August 01:44 AM

New U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Will Result In Geopolitical Changes

Political expert Lilia Shevtsova commented on the new sanctions against Russia imposed by the United States. She claims that the geopolitical situation in the world is going to change in the near future due to the sanctions.

 

She claims that introducing those sanctions was like a surgery. As the result of this surgery, the USA got rid of a foreign body. After that, Washington is probably going to reset their foreign policy. However, nobody can definitely say what exactly this event is going to result in. But one thing is sure – something is definitely going to change in the world order, and this creates certain threats for Russia.

Publication date: 28 August 03:32 AM

New Sanctions Against Russia Will Last Long

Russian political expert Leonid Shvets commented on the new round of anti-Russian sanctions. For starters, he claims that Russia has already turned into America’s biggest enemy. The thing is that the new law signed by Donald Trump not so long ago is designed to fight America’s enemies with the help of sanctions. North Korea and Iran are also on the same list.

 

 
Publication date: 28 August 01:02 AM

New Sanctions Will Hit Putin Personally, Piotrovskiy Says

This time, American sanctions are going to hit even Vladimir Putin himself, Andrey Piotrovskiy says. He says that the devil is in the detail. The thing is that the new sanctions approved by the U.S. Congress and signed by Donald Trump (even though he was against those sanctions), obliges the U.S. financial intelligence to provide the Congress with the information on all the known and probable assets belonging to the all the high-ranking Russian politicians, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. With that being said, it’s not accidental, that Putin is mentioned several times in the document.
 
Publication date: 27 August 11:35 AM

Russia Loses Ground in Energy Market

Washington is planning to increase the export of natural gas to Europe, which is expected to diminish Russia’s role as a major natural gas exporter to the European region. Experts say, that the policy aimed at expansion is now aimed at retaining the existing position in the European energy market.
 

 

For those of you who don’t know, Donald Trump signed a decree aimed at making America an energy superpower. As a part of this announcement, it was decided to expand the export of natural gas to Europe, which is also expected to reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian natural gas. At the same time, the U.S. government may cause extra troubles to Gazprom by means of sanctions.
Publication date: 22 August 11:47 PM

Solar and Wind Power Will Make Coal Production Unprofitable Soon

Coal production is expected to go unprofitable in the near future., experts say. At the same time, miners will go extinct as a profession, Bloomberg predicts. It’s all about the so-called green energy, or alternative energy. Mostly, green energy implies the energy generated by solar and wind power.
 
The experts predict that the cost of generating energy from solar and wind power will reach parity with the energy generated by coal. At the same time, they assume that the share of the energy generated by coal will be reduced by 80-90% in a matter of 20-25 years.
Publication date: 22 August 05:16 AM

U.S. Energy Revolution Announced by Trump Threatens Russia

Donald Trump’s speech about starting a new energy revolution together is now discussed by the international community. It seems that the USA is going to start a new policy regarding commodities. The changes are expected to take place within the next 10 years.
 

 

Apparently, America’s new energy policy is aimed at dominating the global markets over time. That’s why Trump and his administration are now betting big on the local oil and gas production. The thing is, the sources of the so-called green energy are not capable of replacing hydrocarbons for now, which is why they still have to rely mostly on conventional energy carriers, especially as shale oil and gas production has been booming over the last few years.
Publication date: 18 August 06:50 AM

Trump’s Policies Make USA Lose Their Leading Position in the West

More and more international experts are concerned about Donald Trump’s policies. Some of them are concerned that because of him and his actions, the USA may lose their leading role in the Western world.  

 

 

According to Fareed Zakaria, political expert, CNN host and columnist for The Washington Post, Trump’s recent political decisions have made the European Union so united that Putin could never have dreamed of. Even though he is not going to make the Western world collapse, the USA may still lose the number-one status in the Western world.

Publication date: 31 July 12:09 PM