Foreign Press Review (12.06-18.06)

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Last week one of the main topics concerning Russia in the foreign media was protests that occurred on June, 12, when Russia celebrated its national holiday. Foreign journalists focused mostly on several points. First of all, they tried to emphasize that there had been many youths among demonstrators. Secondly, the media highlighted actions of the police, which had reportedly detained about 1000 protesters. These actions were predictably condemned by the US and EU as threatening “the fundamental freedoms of expression”. Russian authorities pointed to the provocative character of the protests since the leaders of the opposition had changed the authorized place to Tverskaya street, which was central to Russia Day celebrations.

UK Election was Theresa May’s Personal Defeat

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Britain’s Conservatives lost their majority in general election. No party managed to secure an outright majority of seats in the House of Commons, meaning that Westminster will have its second hung parliament in the last seven years.
Shorn of the 326 desired mandates, the Conservatives will have either to engage in talks to form a coalition government or to opt for a parliamentary minority government. However, the latter will fail to deliver stable rule.

“Commit Thyself to Serving Motherland till Dying Day”

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Not only have the explorers’ courage and resolve contributed to the unity of Russia’s vast territory, but we are also united by language, culture, and history. They create an indivisible community embracing people from different social layers, who cherish various local and national traditions. Millions of people reside in our multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, but acting together they achieve unity, the synthesis of which is impossible to eliminate.

Foreign Press Review (05.06-11.06)

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Last week the Qatar crisis was one of the most covered topics in the foreign media. However, what started with attempts to analyze the relationship between the Middle East countries (experts had warned for a long time that the region is not as homogeneous as ordinary people tend to perceive it and fault lines are not limited to Shiite-Sunni conflicts), eventually ended with a new “sensational” version that the crisis was provoked by Russian hackers.

Difficult Context – Bright Prospects. Outcomes of Russian Parliamentarians’ Visit to Serbia

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The parliamentary delegation’s trip came at a difficult time. Even though a need for stronger Russian-Serbian relations still exists, certain challenges related to Brussels’ policy and the changing geostrategic situation in the Balkans impede substantial progress. A closer inter-parliamentary dialogue can offer a way forward. Increased interaction between specialized parliamentary commissions can result in new initiatives, in particular for small- and medium-sized businesses, which will contribute to cooperation between Serbia and Russian regions. It may become a driving force for Russian-Serbian relations for the years to come.

Foreign Press Review (29.05-04.06)

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Last week one of the main events in the world politics was Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to France at the invitation of French president Emmanuel Macron. The trip was timed to coincide with the exhibition marking Peter the Great’s visit to Paris and 300 years of Russia-France relations.

Goodwill toward Men? Ukraine’s Autocephalous Orthodox Churches

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Ukraine’s legislative initiatives to establish state control over religion have recently brought the fate of the Orthodox Church back into the limelight. Despite the delayed vote, the bill can be back on the Parliament’s agenda any time soon. The incumbent government voices its disapproval of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC – Moscow Patriarchate), the only canonical church in the country. This offers hope to several non-canonical religious institutions, which aspire to obtain the status of autocephalous (self-governed) churches.

The President and the Pontiff: not yet friends, still not enemies

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The attempts of the head of the White House to interpret the meeting with the Holy Father as nothing but the talks with the head of the Vatican and moral authority who can listen to the story about the anti-famine efforts can complicate the dialogue with the world’s biggest denomination. The US president cannot afford to forget that the Pontiff guides not only some abstract Catholics all over the world, but also 20% of its own citizens.