Lecture 'The Baltics: a litmus test for Russian-Western relations'

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Students, Employees, Alumni, Press, Business
25-04-2018 from 19:30 to 21:00
Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent
Russia Platform - CERISE
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On the border between freedom and democracy and propaganda and fake news, the Baltic States are a litmus test for the Russian-Western relations.

Throughout the history the Baltic territory compromising the present day Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have been the Eastern rim to the Western civilisation. For ages it was contested by a number of regional superpowers. Exactly 100 years ago after the World War I, the three Baltic nations had a chance to establish their national statehood. It did not last long since the two evil powers - Nazi Germany and Soviet Union - decided to sell to each other something that never belonged to them.
According to the aerodynamics, bumblebees should never fly, however they do. A few would imagine that the Baltic States would regain their freedom and re-emerge in the world map after 50 years of occupation. However, they did in 1991. Today Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania are rapidly developing, technologically advanced, vital examples of liberal democracy, members of the EU and NATO. But are these preciously cradled liberties safe? Nearby Russia is again trying to reassure its position as superpower.

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