E.Koldunova. Son of a Carpenter to Lead Indonesia

Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s new president took over as the head of the largest Muslim state in the world. Tens of thousands of people rushed to the streets of Jakarta to celebrate his meteoric rise to power from the son of a carpenter to one of the global leaders. Attending inauguration ceremony, US State Secretary John Kerry pledged for Asian support in fight against Islamic State militants.

Studio guest Victor Mizin, Deputy Director of the Russian Institute of Strategic Assessment, Jouhari Oratmangun, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Moscow, and Ekaterina Koldunova, Associate Professor, senior expert of ASEAN Center, from MGIMO University, Moscow, Russia, shared their opinions with Radio VR.

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V.Sumsky. Thank You, Malaysia!

Early on July 22 the two black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 were handed over by Alexander Boroday, Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) to Colonel Mohamed Sakri of Malaysian National Security Council. As the latter stated that both devices were intact, they signed a document to confirm it. The world watched on TV how an official of the state that had suffered most as a result of the MH17 tragedy personally thanked for cooperation «Mr. Boroday» and his people who are called «pro-Russian terrorists» by Kiev and the West. For «terrorists», they behaved, indeed, surprisingly well. The Malaysian experts, as well as the experts of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe were given green light to conduct search and inquiry within the area of the plane’s crash. The remains of the passengers and the crew were passed to the Malaysians without any delay. All was done in line with the UN Security Council resolution N 2166 of July 22 which demands a comprehensive and independent investigation of the tragedy according to the principles and rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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V.Sumsky. Russia’s splendid isolation from the world

SPEAKING on May 28 at the graduation ceremony in West Point and touching upon the consequences of the crisis in Ukraine, US President Barack Obama claimed that «our ability to shape the world opinion helped isolate Russia right away».

Does Russia’s present position in the world have anything to do with isolation? Yes it does — if only one defines this isolation as splendid.

While Obama may never acknow­ledge anything like that, his contribution to this turn of events is substantial.

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E.Koldunova. Military “non-coup” in Thailand and its aftermath

The situation in Thailand has been tense since November 2013, when the opposition, led by the Chairman of the Democrat Party Suthep Thaugsuban, launched rallies in Bankkok in protest against attempts by former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to get an amnesty bill through parliament. If passed, the bill would have allowed Yingluck’s brother and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose removal from power in 2006 divided the country and plunged it into successive cycles of instability, to return to the country.

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John Paul P. Mondejar: Russia in the eyes of a young Filipino

click to enlargeEver since I got hold of my aunt’s book on Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov when I was around eight or nine years old, I have always been fascinated by the story of the Romanovs, Russia’s Imperial Family whose reign ended in 1917- a fascination which led to my interest on Russia, its history, its culture and as a student of Consular and Diplomatic Affairs, its significance in world politics. It is indeed with no doubts I have always wanted to visit the Russian Federation.

In May 2013, what once was a dream became a reality as I was attended the 1st Russia-ASEAN Youth Summit in Moscow along with one of my college best friends and two other Filipina students based in Manila and Moscow respectively. The said youth summit did not only gave me the pride to represent my homeland, the Philippines but also it has gave me the opportunity to learn more on Russia-ASEAN relations and what mutual benefits can be shared by the peoples of Russia and ASEAN Member States which as stated by H.E. Lim Kheng Hua, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation and then-Chair of the ASEAN Moscow Committee “has yet to reach its full potential due to historical neglect.”

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