Articles by Pavel Baev

Putin's Blurred Arctic Vision

The Arctic touches deeper feelings in the Russian political mind than just greed for resources or fear of military threat. Beneath typically grandiloquent rhetoric, there is a deep sense of belonging to the vast cold and clean spaces of the Far North, often translated into the desire to own them.

Gazprom the Great

The Russian-Ukrainian gas quarrel has become a farce. European monitors cannot establish whether the pipelines are blocked for two main reasons: Either Russia has manipulated the complex system of pumping stations, or Ukraine is simply incompetent in operating them.

West Can't Oppose War