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La Repubblica - Italy | 21/04/2015

Timothy Garton Ash believes in a different Russia

Russia will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II on May 9. In reaction to Russia's role in the war in eastern Ukraine many EU leaders have declined to attend the celebrations. British historian Timothy Garton Ash explains in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica why a different Russia is still possible despite all the problems: "The new Russia will certainly not arrive this 9 May, when Vladimir Putin's Kremlin celebrates the 70th anniversary of the end of what Russians call the Great Patriotic War. It may not emerge until 9 May 2025, or even 2045, but we should never abandon hope for that other Russia, and we must keep faith with the Russians who are working for it. There is another Russia. It is represented by the murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and the people who come to lay flowers on the bridge where he was assassinated, which they already call Nemtsov bridge. While some must have been frightened by that murder, and the atmosphere of intimidation, a brave few have redoubled their defiance."

Kyiv Post - Ukraine | 26/11/2013

Global perspectives: Kiev won't get preferential treatment from EU and IMF

In a televised interview broadcast on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said he didn't consider his country ready for a partnership with the EU. In reality all he wants is the money without having to push through reforms, economist Timothy Ash writes in the liberal Ukrainian daily Kyiv Post: "The government now wants IMF/EU cash with next to no conditionality - a free lunch in effect, which it hopes will cement its re-election in the 2015 elections. The question for the IMF/EU is: Is this administration deserving of large-scale economic assistance, with next to no conditionality, and with a checkered track record of political and economic reform, and not much promise of much to come in the future? ... European periphery states, such as Greece and Cyprus, would also surely ask how come this non-EU state is getting an IMF/EU 'light' bail-out when they have been put through the wringer in exchange for receiving Troika cash."

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