Eastern Economic Forum: Beyond Economy

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September 2-3, 2016, Vladivostok hosted the second Eastern Economic Forum on the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University. The event, which attracted broad international participation, primarily businessmen from the Asia Pacific region, is aimed at maintaining interest in Russia’s Far East and at sustaining the initiatives launched in the Primorskiy krai while preparing for the APEC summit.

A Common Enemy Creates Unity

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Because Russia is similar to Europe and yet is not quite European, criticism of Russian politics, economy and society and placing blame on the country, are powerful means for the European governing elite to turn attention away from problems that exist in Western European states and to increase popular support for their domestic and foreign policies.