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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E.Koldunova. Forging a linguistic link

At first glance one might think that Thai-language studies in Russia is a very niche and perhaps even exotic pursuit.

Overall, every four to fi ve years Russian universities award some 20 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Thai, whereas the number of Thai students coming to Russia to study the Russian language and get a degree at Russian universities is scores of times as many.

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V.Sumsky. Russia-ASEAN: cooperation is on the rise

Russia is boosting economic cooperation with Asian countries, and this fact acquires special importance in the current conditions where Western countries are threatening Moscow with sanctions. Cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plays a special part in this sphere.

A Russian business mission organized at the initiative of the Economic Development Ministry that included representatives of more than 30 companies - energy, construction and installation, pharmaceutical, transport and companies specializing in the development of high technology products, has recently returned from three ASEAN countries - Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

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