I am a Swedish specialist on politics and security in Russia and “Eastern Europe.” I have been dealing with the region on and off since the early 1990s and been around quite a lot.
At Vilhelm Konnander's Weblog I blog about all the thoughts and reflections within my field that I need to get out of my system. No wonder, given the theme of my blog: Politics & Security in Russia, Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia. On Twitter @vkonnander.
Latest posts by Vilhelm Konnander from April, 2011
Russia-Romania: Interview with Rogozin
Gabriela Ionita of Power&Politics World publishes an interview with Russian ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, on Russia, Romania, and European relations.
Hungary: Catholic church scandal
Pestiside.hu addresses a current scandal rocking the Catholic church in Hungary, including allegations of pedophilia and financial misconduct.
Russia: Tandem under the carpet
Streetwise Professor discusses various scenarios on relations between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Premier Vladimir Putin against the backdrop of the most recent white paper [RU] of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.
Belarus: Sickening statement on homosexuality
Ihar Ivanou of Belarus Digest reports from a medical conference in Minsk where homosexuality once more has been characterized as an illness that needs treatment, despite the fact that same-gender relations are not prohibited in Belarus.
Russia: LiveJournal under attack
Putin Watcher reports on how a cyberattack by DDOS and hacking against top blogs on LiveJournal, Russia's most popular blogging platform. This attack follows earlier incidents this year, aiming to knock out LiveJournal.
Russia: Starting the Moscow Metro
Metro Dream by Russos writes about [RUS] the initial construction work on the Moscow Metro and posts pictures from the period.
Ukraine: How to reform the country
Leigh Turner, British ambassador to Ukraine, recounts expert advise on economic reform in the country.
Russia: Another Bolshoi scandal
Two-Zero of Moscow Blog draws attention to another scandal at the Moscow Bolshoi theatre – this time due to hacker intrusion – only adding to its disrepute due to extravagant renovation costs.
Russia-Estonia: Renaming the Bronze Soldier
LJ user jurialhaz comments on [RUS] how Estonia has renamed the Tallinn Bronze Soldier monument – the object of the 2007 bilateral dispute with Russia – into “Monument to the soldiers of the Soviet army, who occupied Tallinn on 22 September 1944.”
Hungary: Speeding through new constitution
Eva Balogh of Hungarian Spectrum discusses why Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, is speeding through with the adoption of a new constitution.