Much discussed, gloomy book by Yale professor Timothy Snyder. Snyder juxtaposes the “politics of eternity” versus “the politics of inevitability” … Continue reading The critical difference between the true and the appealing
A page-turner on how the murder on a Russian lawyer led to the Magnitsky Act due to the tenacious work … Continue reading Taking on the Russian state
This is why Netflix is so great; they don’t shy away from big projects and bring really great produtions to … Continue reading Russia and doping: it’s even worse
A set of stories about the surreal world Russians, Ukrainians and other former Soviet peoples live in. A world wherein … Continue reading Oorlog en Kermis – Olaf Koens (2015)
As one of the most important actors on the geopolitical chess board I’m dying to better understand Putin and his Russia: Should he be feared and contained or, as some pundits argue, is he in fact our natural ally? The ‘preeminent’ historian Laqueur has a deep understanding of Russian history and its complexity as he demonstrates throughout his book, in which he paints the mood of the country with the help of writers, philosophers, scientist and philosophers.
Laqueur’s conclusion on Putin is clear: Continue reading “Putinism, Russia and it’s Future with the West – Walter Laqueur (2015)”
Taught me some valuable lessons on the trouble Russia is in, Putin’s role and the Russian character. Terribly difficult country. Continue reading Het kleine koude front – Michel Krielaars (2014)