Turkish Daily News

by Laurence on 3/27/2005 · 2 comments

This item from Turkish Daily News – Russia’s regional allies could fall like dominoes:

Stanislav Belkovsky, a top Russian political analyst with reported links to officialdom, said that Russia’s passivity in Kyrgyzstan had shown that Russia had in fact abandoned its ambitions to play a dominant role on the ex-Soviet space.
“The revolution in Kyrgyzstan has shown that Russia can’t and doesn’t want to control the post-Soviet space,” Belkovsky said.

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Andy March 27, 2005 at 9:01 am

I’d say more likely is that Russia is beginning to realise that it is much better PR to accept any revolutions in the short term. The Kremlin leadership is gambling that these revolutions will actually do relatively little damage to their relations with other FSU states – that economic and geopolitical realities will perpetuate their dependence on Moscow.

Given what seems to be happening in Kyrgyzstan, I’d say their gamble may well pay off – especially if the US and EU do not use this opportunity to increase their support for democracy in Central Asia.

I’ve been very critical of Russia’s approach to this wave of democractic revolutions in the past but on this occasion, I think Russia may have stumbled on a policy which may bring it some rewards.

Laurence March 27, 2005 at 10:38 am

Or they may know Kulov and Bakiyev from their Komsomol and KGB days…

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